Ripe, with a slightly compact core of raspberry and blackberry pâte de fruit flavors. A brambly note underneath adds energy and enough freshness and floral charm to let this stretch out in the short term. (JM, Web-2017)
The Château Poesia 2014 was picked from 8 October until the 14 October, finishing with the Cabernet Franc. It is a blend of 30% Cabernet Franc and 70% Merlot, seven of the ten hectares having been recently re-planted through massale selection of Cabernet Franc from Clos l’Eglise. Fermented in non-epoxy lined troconic concrete tanks it was matured in 100% new French oak with partial malolactic in barrel. It has a very concentrated, intense nose with black cherries, crème de cassis and vanilla scented bouquet that just bursts from the glass. The palate is more controlled than the nose with fine tannin and a keen line of acidity (pH 3.50) that is neatly interwoven into the fabric of this wine. It feels persuasively harmonious in the mouth, though I would like to see a little more complexity and personality develop right on the finish that feels quite linear at the moment. This is Hélène Garçin-Léveque’s baby' and you know, I wouldn’t mind babysitting this when it reaches four years old. (NM)
Floral and aromatic with currant and wet-earth undertones. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a lightly bitter-chocolate aftertaste.
The 2014 Poesia is a powerful wine with serious density and richness. Black cherry, plum, spice and leather emerge with great reluctance. This packed, structured Saint-Émilion is going to need at least a few years to fully unwind. Even so, it is both impressive and promising. Helene Garcin and winemaker Alain Raynaud have done a terrific job here. The blend is 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. (AG)
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