or Moulis-en-Médoc

Appears in

Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Moulis or Moulis-en-Médoc, smallest of the six communal appellations of the Haut-Médoc district of Bordeaux (the others being margaux, st-julien, pauillac, st-estèphe, and neighbouring listrac). Although it includes only about 600 ha/1,500 acres of vineyards, there is considerable diversity of terroir in Moulis, in terms of both topography and soil composition. Countryside that is positively rolling by Médoc standards, and soils that include various gravels, clays, and limestone, result in wines as varied as the occasionally brilliant Ch Chasse-Spleen, the good-value Ch Maucaillou, and a host of properties whose names include the word Poujeaux. The finest of these is usually long-lived Ch Poujeaux itself. Like Listrac, Moulis is not classed growth country. Perhaps because of this, the best wines can offer good value, being as well structured as any Haut-Médoc, often with some of the perfume of Margaux to the east.