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Chateau Branas Grand-Poujeaux History, Overview
The modern age for Chateau Branas Grand-Poujeaux starts in 2002, when Justin Onclin purchased the estate from Jacques Pourquery, who had owned the vineyard since he bought it in back in 1963.
Chateau Branas Grand-Poujeaux shares the name of Poujeaux with 6 other chateaux placed in the appellation of Moulis. The chateaux all use a similar name, due to their location in the area not far from the Grand Poujeaux vineyard.
In 2006, one of the first decisions made by Justin Onclin was to replace Michel Rolland with the team of Stephane Derenoncourt. After completing his purchase of the estate, Justin Onclin completed a major renovation and modernization of the wine making facilities and the cellars.
Chateau Branas Grand Poujeaux Vineyard, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The vineyard of Branas Grand Poujeaux is planted to 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot. With 12 hectares of vines, the Left Bank vineyard of Chateau Branas Grand Poujeaux is perhaps one of the smaller estates in the Moulis appellation.
The vineyard has a terroir of gravel with clay soils. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 7,000 vines per hectare. On average, the vines are about 25 years of age, give or take. Branas Grand-Poujeaux has good neighbors, as they are situated close to both Chateau Chasse Spleen and Chateau Poujeaux.
To produce the wine of Chateau Branas Grand Poujeaux, the grapes are whole berry fermented. This is to retard oxygenation of the grapes and to retain as much freshness as possible.
Vinification takes place in a combination of large, conical shaped oak vats an stainless steel tanks. The fermentation vats are divided as followed. There are six, 60 liter, large oak vats and one, 30 liter oak vat. In addition, there are three, 30 liter, temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks. Malolactic fermentation takes place in barrel. The wines are aged in 80% new, French oak barrels for close to 18 months before bottling.
There is a second wine, Les Eclats de Branas. On average, at Chateau Branas Grand-Poujeaux they produce about 4,000 cases of wine per vintage of Chateau Branas Grand-Poujeaux.
When to Drink Chateau Branas Grand-Poujeaux, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Branas Grand-Poujeaux needs some time before it can be enjoyed. Young vintages can be decanted for 1-2 hours. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume.
Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Branas Grand-Poujeaux is usually better with at least 5-8 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau Branas Grand-Poujeaux offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 7-15 years of age after the vintage.
Serving and Decanting Chateau Branas Grand Poujeaux with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Branas Grand Poujeaux is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The wine of Chateau Branas Grand Poujeaux is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted braised and grilled dishes.
Chateau Branas Grand Poujeaux is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.
Chateau Branas Grand-Poujeaux is a great example of a character driven, Bordeaux value wine from the Medoc, with true quality and personality that can be purchased for very friendly, consumer prices.
Château Branas Grand-Poujeaux Wine Tasting Notes
8 Vintages 16,382 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
|2018||Château Branas Grand-Poujeaux (Moulis en Médoc)|
Filled to the brim with licorice, espresso, plum and black currant, the wine is soft, polished, sweet, fresh and juicy. The fruity finish comes with espresso, licorice and wet earth as well as a mouthful of dark red fruits. 92-94 Pts
1,173 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
|2017||Château Branas Grand-Poujeaux (Moulis en Médoc)|
Crisp, bright and juicy, the wine offers licorice and earthy accents to the dynamic cassis, which permeates the nose and the palate.
1,583 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
|2016||Château Branas Grand-Poujeaux (Moulis en Médoc)|
With good color, it's easy to find the cassis, licorice, smoke, and cherries here. The wine has a softness to the tannins and sweet fruit in the finish.
1,141 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
|2015||Château Branas Grand-Poujeaux (Moulis en Médoc)|
Sporting good color, licorice, smoke, black cherry and earthy scents are right there. Round, with sweet, ripe plums in the endnote, give it a few years to come around. 88 - 90 Pts
1,823 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2016
|2014||Château Branas Grand-Poujeaux (Moulis en Médoc)|
Lively, soft textured wine, with round tannins, fresh, dark red berries, hints of licorice, smoke and cocoa, and a blast of black cherry in the finish. And it sells for a song.
1,561 Views Tasted Apr 1, 2017
|2012||Château Branas Grand-Poujeaux (Moulis en Médoc)|
Medium bodied, firm, classically styled, crisp wine, with strong tannins and a bright cassis, smoke and espresso bean finish. Time could add more character and softness to the wine. But the vintage was a difficult year for many estates in the Haut Medoc.
1,715 Views Tasted Sep 22, 2016
|2010||Château Branas Grand-Poujeaux (Moulis en Médoc)|
Soft textures, round tannins and a blast of licorice, smoke, espresso bean and black cherries carry through from start to finish. An hour or so in the decanter helps. Still young, this will be better in a few years. One of the better wines from Moulis and it sells for fair price too! The wine was made from blending 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Petit Verdot.
4,744 Views Tasted May 19, 2015
|2009||Château Branas Grand-Poujeaux (Moulis en Médoc)|
Just starting to open and show nicely, with its soft, medium bodied, round textures, coupled with its smoky, black cherry, licorice, earth and mocha infused profile. The wine was made from a blend of 50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petit Verdot.
2,642 Views Tasted Nov 1, 2015