52% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc; 33% new oak. Barrel sample. Black core. Invitingly dark and spicy on the nose, just a touch charry. Really chewy and dense on the palate, compact but surprisingly smooth tannins, though they dominate. Needs a little more freshness overall to lift the finish. (JH) 14% Drink 2024-2028
Lisa Perrotti-Brown. Deep garnet-purple colored, the nose of the 2018 Poujeaux is a little reticent to begin, offering glimpses at smoked meats and tar over a core of warm red and black currants plus a waft of Marmite toast. Medium to full-bodied, the palate delivers plenty of earth-laced black fruit and a firm, chewy texture, finishing with an herbal lift.