2005 Bodegas Poesia "Cuvee Helene" Red Argentina
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The winery’s flagship is called Poesia and is a blend of 60% Malbec and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. It too is sourced from an 80 year old vineyard in Lujan de Cuyo. The 2005 Poesia was barrel-fermented and aged for 18 months in 100% new French oak. Opaque purple-colored, it has a high-class aromatic array of pain grille, violets, spice box, black cherry, and blueberry. Smooth-textured, ripe, and sweetly-fruited, this elegant wine is beautifully balanced, nicely concealing enough structure to permit 5-7 years of evolution. It should drink well through 2030. A barrel sample of the 2006 was also impressive. Ms. Garcin also presented the 2002 (88), 2003 (90+), and 2004 (91), all fine efforts but the 2005 and 2006 are the best yet. Bodegas Poesia is owned by Bordeaux proprietors Helene Garcin and Patrice Leveque, with Leveque doubling as winemaker with consultation from Dr. Alain Raynaud.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(a 60/40 blend of malbec and cabernet sauvignon) Good ruby-red. Vibrant aromas of cassis, licorice, minerals and spicecake. Suave and light on its feet, with an insidious sweetness and excellent definition to the berry, smoke and mineral flavors. Ripe acids give this wine impressive energy and freshness. Builds slowly and inexorably on the back half. Complex and sophisticated wine-the best yet from this estate, and ample evidence of the quality of this old vineyard in Lujan de Cuyo.
The youngest of the Poesia line shows some new oak in the form of sawdust aromas and espresso and mocha on the finish. In between those oak-based characteristics are mineral and black-fruit aromas as well as lush, very potent plum and berry flavors. With midnight darkness, firm tannins and straggling wood notes, we suggest sitting this bruiser down for another two to five years.
Alluring mint and raspberry ganache notes lead the way, followed by fig compote, Port sauce, graphite and Turkish coffee notes. Dark, but stays pure and bright, with acidity running through the finish. Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2010.