2016 Poesia, St-Emilion (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1306237 91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Chateau Poesia has a lower pH and alcohol than the Barde-Haut (also owned by the Garçin-Léveque family). It is a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc and matured in 70-80% new oak. It clearly has a richer and more intense bouquet than the 2016 Barde-Haut at this early juncture, adorned with scents of blackberry, boysenberry, Earl Grey and crushed violets that blossom in the glass, well defined and exuberant. The palate is medium-bodied with dense tannin on the entry. This is a Poesia with weight and girth, the fruit profile darker than the Barde-Haut, more concentrated on the finish, though personally I prefer the tension and detail expressed by its Saint-Emilion sibling. Still, this is a very fine contribution to the vintage, and I suspect that it will gain a little more nerve by the time of bottling. (NM)  (4/2017)

90-93 points Vinous

 The 2016 Poesia is a rich, deep wine. Stylistically, Poesia is riper and bigger than the wine Hélène Garcin and her husband, Patrice Leveque, make at Barde-Haut. Black cherry, smoke, licorice, plum and sweet French oak infuse a deep, rich Saint Émilion built on lushness and textural breadth. The 2016 tastes like it was picked on the riper side of things, especially within the context of the vintage. There is no shortage of intensity, but I feel this wine could be more finessed. Poesia emerges from a vineyard in Saint Émilion's St. Etienne de Lys district. (AG)  (4/2017)

90-93 points Wine Spectator

 Ebullient blackberry and boysenberry fruit is very vivid and vibrant thanks to racy acidity. High-pitched floral backdrop adds range. Distinctive. (JM, Web only-2017)

91-92 points James Suckling

 A solid and linear wine with blueberry, blackberry and chalk character. Full to medium body, silky tannins and a citrusy finish. Balance and finesse here.  (3/2017)

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- A very popular red grape variety found in the great wines of St. Emilion and Pomerol. It is the most planted variety in Bordeaux, and it has also become an extremely fashionable red in many regions including California. Although it has a reputation to be smooth, and easy to drink when young, Merlot is also capable of producing extremely intense wines as well. It is often used as a blending agent with Cabernet Sauvignon.


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Saint Emilion