2005 Bodegas Poesia "Cuvee Helene" Red Argentina

SKU #1234923 93 points 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.  (12/2007)

92 points 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.  (1/2008)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (2/2008)

91 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (2/2008)

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Staff Image By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/7/2016 | Send Email
A wine I've tasted a few times throughout the years, the 2005 is one of my favorite vintages of Poesia. Remarkably soft at the moment, it has a tannic structure and minerality that is reminiscent of Bordeaux, but a soft fruit character of Malbec. It is very well-composed and is at a sweet spot as a pop-and-pour wine. This is some of Garcin's best from the project, so a sub-$30 price is a remarkable deal.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme. Click for a list of bestselling items from Argentina.