For many years this property has vied with Chasse-Spleen as the leading property in Moulis, and its increasingly fine reputation over the last 20 years has done much to raise the profile of the Moulis region, which lies in the heart of the Médoc.
Winemaking began here in the 19th century, with the property passing through many hands and being divided into different estates, until the Theil family purchased it and had the good foresight to put Poujeaux back together. They breathed new life into the property, before selling it to Philippe Cuvelier and his son Matthieu in January 2008, who also own Clos Fourtet in Saint-Emilion. Since then, the bar has been raised, and the wines have acquired new richness and polish.
The estate lies to the north east of Moulis, with the 65 hectares of vines grouped together in one single block, planted on the left bank’s famous Günz gravel on banks around the village of Grand Poujeaux.
The Cuveliers recognized the talents of the winemaking team, which remains unchanged since they took over (the winemaker is the former owners’ grandson), but they have employed Stéphane Derenoncourt as a consultant. Grapes are vinified plot by plot in small tanks, before spending 12 months in oak, around a third of which is new.
The blend is 50% cabernet sauvignon and 40% merlot with 5% each of petit verdot and cabernet franc. With its higher proportion of merlot and more evident influence of new oak, Poujeaux is usually easier to enjoy younger than Chasse-Spleen (usually for between seven and 20 years), though both wines age very well.