Sunday, March 13, 2016

Chateau Poujeaux Moulis-en-Medoc, 1982

When the 1982 Bordeaux wines started hitting the shelves, there were bargains galore. Robert Parker (then relatively unknown) was raving about the quality of the wines, but the more respected British critics were a bit reluctant at first to proclaim this as a great vintage. French wines were generally inexpensive at the time, and the exchange rate was favorable. I planned on buying a case of Chateau Meyney (always a Parker favorite), but Cheryl McMillan, a student staff member at Village Corner in Ann Arbor talked me into splitting the case between Meyney and Poujeaux. Both were priced at $8.99, or $89.90 a case. Thank you, Cheryl. The last bottle I had of Meyney last Fall seemed to be on the decline; this Poujeaux is just hitting its stride.

Medium light ruby, minimal bricking; looks much younger than its years. Classy bouquet of cherries, red currants, cassis, hint of cedar. Cool tones. On the tongue, the wine is even better. More cherries and cassis. Has a smooth texture and long, cool finish.

Poujeaux is often compared to Chateau Lafite, and I can see why. According to the story, President Pompidou of France served the 1953 Poujeaux to Baron Rotschild who refused to believe it was not his 1953 Lafite, until he was shown the label.

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