Colaris WijnenScore: 8
The 2017 Poujeaux has a wonderful bouquet with expressive brambly red berry fruit, wilted rose petal and light damp earthy/loamy aromas bubbling up with aeration, all with very fine delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannins. This feels a little pinched at the moment but it has the weight and intensity to fill out with bottle age. Maybe it would benefit from more complexity on the finish, but otherwise it is a well-crafted Poujeaux.
Right from the nose this has rich, deep cassis and dark fruit notes, as well as a lovely juicy vibrancy through the palate. There are firm tannins that have some vibrancy to them. Although it’s not as persistent in structure as in 2016 and 2015, this is an extremely successful wine in the 2017 vintage. Aged in 33% new oak. A yield of 26hl/h, so there will be reduced volumes – an estimated 140,000 bottles this year. Fortunately the gravelly heart of the vineyard was not affected by the frost. There is an austerity to the tannins but it's still hugely enjoyable.
Light notes of flowers and chocolate powder across red berries. The palate has a smooth and elegant feel with a core of very juicy red-fruit flavor and a wrap of fine tannin.