Bordeaux 2009: The Best Ever? (May 2010)

Purple ruby. Highly complex, precise nose of red cherry, dark plum, black pepper and wet stone is complicated by cinnamon and clove. Deep and pure on entry, showing an easygoing, approachable charm and very good clarity to its ripe red and black fruit flavors. With its harmonious acidity and fine-grained tannins, this dense wine comes across as powerful yet refined. The long finish features a peppery nuance. By far the best young Poujeaux in years, easily the quality of a good third or even second growth. Tasted four different times (three blind), with only one showing less than outstanding.