About Chateau Poesia 2016 St. Emilion Grand Cru
Chateau Poesia is located in the eastern portion of Saint Emilion on a well elevated, limestone plateau. The vineyards have good neighbors with Valandraud, Chateau Peby Faugeres and Chateau Fleur Cardinale close by. Owner Patrice Leveque manages the vineyards and Owner Helene Garcin is in charge of the winemaking and marketing for their properties.
The 24 acre Right Bank vineyard of Chateau Poesia is planted to 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon on clay and limestone soils. The vines are average close to 30 years of age, however there are old vines. In fact, some of the vines are more than 70 years of age! They follow oragnic and sustainable farming, grapes are hand picked and the wine ages 18-24 months in 80% new French oak. Total production is less than 3000 cases which for Bordeaux is quite small. This 2016 was an outstanding success.
Jeb Dunnuck scored this 96 points saying "A blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, the 2016 Château Poesia is more open and showy compared to the Barde Haut, offering fabulous limestone-like character in its kirsch and currant fruits and notes of dried herbs, white truffle, and dried flowers. Possessing medium to full body, ripe, present tannins, terrific concentration, and a great finish, it's another incredibly classy Saint Emilion from the Garcin-Lévêque family."
The Wine Advocate scored this 94 points saying "The 2016 Poesia is a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. Deep garnet-purple, the nose delivers vibrant Black Forest cake, redcurrants and Morello cherries notes with touches of cinnamon stick, rose hip tea, pencil shavings, tobacco and milk chocolate. The medium-bodied palate charges out of the gate with bright red berries layers and loads of herbal sparks, framed by rock-solid, ripe, grainy tannins and bold freshness, finishing very long. It should offer very good aging potential."
Suckling scored this 94 points saying "Subtle aromas of mint, bay leaf and dark berries follow through to a full body with chewy and polished tannins and a tight, structured finish. Extremely long and firm. Give this at least another four or five years to soften and come together. Try after 2023."