Château Branas Grand Poujeaux Moulis 2016
The neighbor of Poujeaux, which is less than 10 hectares, has been the Primus Inter Pares in this appellation for a few years now, maybe even since 2009. Poujeaux has caught up significantly under Stephan Derenoncourt in the meantime, but the tiny Branas has passed again. It was a big difference in 2015. 2016 is exactly the same. Very mature, but at the same time very stylish nose. Very precise, lots of black fruit but also undergrowth. In its spiciness almost reminiscent of a Saint Estèphe. It exudes so much sweetness and harmony. Nice, thick mouth. Warm and rich. Black cherry, sweet mulberry, including elderberry, licorice, nice undergrowth. The wood is beautifully woven in, the tannins sanded, but still showing that light, typical Moulis touch of rusticity. But in a way that is also common in Saint Estèphe. This is not an ultra-polished wine, but a spicy balm with beautiful delicacy and freshness as well as a lot of pressure. Not a really big wine, that's not possible in Moulis. Margaux or the southern Haut Medoc cannot be reached. Nevertheless, this Branas Grand Poujeaux is clearly the best wine of the appellation of all times. I like it very much.