Chateau Poesia St. Emilion Bordeaux, The Complete Guide

Chateau Poesia

Learn everything about Chateau Poesia St. Emilion with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairing tips. Learn the best vintages, a history of the property, information on the vineyards, and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Poesia History, Overview

Chateau Poesia was purchased by Helene Garcin and Patrice Leveque in early 2014. The estate was formerly known as Chateau Haut Villet. The name, Chateau Poesia, which is translated into Poet, comes from the family’s property in Mendoza Argentina where they produce wine from 13 hectares of old vine, un-grafted Malbec, and Cabernet Sauvignon, planted in 1935.

Helene Garcin continues to expand her vineyards. She also owns several other Right Bank estates including Chateau Barde Haut in Saint Emilion and Clos LEglise in Pomerol. Helene Garcin was previously in charge of the family’s 2 properties in the Pessac Leognan appellation, Chateau Haut Bergey and Chateau Branon. Her brother oversees those estates today.

While Patrice Leveque manages the vineyards, Helene Garcin is in charge of the winemaking and marketing for their properties.

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.

Chateau Poesia Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 9.7 hectare Right Bank vineyard of Chateau Poesia is planted to 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyard is well situated on a high plateau. Their terroir is clay and limestone soils.

While their Right Bank estate has a total of 13.2 cultivated hectares. There are 9.7 hectares of vines located in St. Emilion and 4.5 hectares situated in Cotes de Castillon. 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!

The vineyard of Chateau Poesia is planted to a vine density of 6,500 vines per hectare. Future plantings are being done at about 7,200 vines per hectare. One of the first things Helene Garcin did after buying the estate was to remove more than 7 hectares of vines.

The land will remain fallow for at least 5 years before being replanted. All vineyard work is done using only sustainable vineyard farming techniques.

Chateau Poesia made its debut with the difficult 2013 vintage. The yields for the first vintage were incredibly low at close to 8 hectoliters per hectare. After the purchase a complete renovation of the property took place, first in the vineyard, followed by the cellars and chateau.

To produce the wine of Chateau Poesia the wine is vinified in stainless steel, temperature-controlled tanks. The initial vintage was also partially vinified in wood tanks.

Starting with the 2014 vintage, that is no longer the case as all vintages of Chateau Poesia are now only fermented in small, stainless steel tanks that range in size from 25 hectoliters to 55 hectoliters.

The Best Vintages of Chateau Poesia are: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014.

While the debut vintage for Poesia was quite small with close to 650 cases of wine, future vintages for the next several years will be range from 800 to 900 cases per year. Alain Raynaud was the wine-making and vineyard consultant through the 2014 vintage. He was replaced by Thomas Duclos starting with the 2015 vintage. Duclos is no longer consulting at the property.

When to Drink Chateau Poesia, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Poesia is better with at least 4-6 years of bottle age. Of course, that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage.

Chateau Poesia is best enjoyed in the first 5-22 years of life. Young vintages can be decanted for about 1 hour to 90 minutes. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Serving Chateau Poesia with Wine and Food Pairings

Chateau Poesia is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau Poesia is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, and grilled dishes. Chateau Poesia is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, and pasta.

The 4.5 hectares of vines located in the Cotes de Castillon appellation are used to produce wine sold under the name of Chateau d’Arche.

Château Poesia Wine Tasting Notes

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2020 Château Poesia  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

Deeply colored the wine is packed with nuances of flowers, licorice, wet earth, crushed rocks, plum, blackberry and dark cherries. On the palate the wine is lively, silky, rich, creamy, concentrated and mineral driven, with a beautiful salty character in the finish. The wine blends 70% Merlot with 30% Cabernet Franc, 14.5% ABV. 93-95 Pts

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2019 Château Poesia  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

Crushed rocks, stones, smoked red fruits, herbs and flowers round out the perfume. On the palate the wine is medium-bodied, silky, fresh and vibrant, showing lift, energy, length and purity in the red pit fruit, cocoa and licorice filled finish. The wine was made from blending 70% Merlot with 35% Cabernet Franc, reaching 14.5% alcohol. 93-95 Pts

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2018 Château Poesia  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 95

Inky in color, the wine is deep, rich, lusciously textured and packs ample amounts of silky, opulent, fresh, ripe, red fruits, anise, coffee bean, smoke and cocoa. Long and with great intensity, this is hitting all the right notes. Give it a few years in the cellar and it promises to be even better. 95 Points

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Inky in color, the wine is loaded with dark, sweet, plush, rich, fruits, licorice, smoke and chocolate. There is depth and harmony here. The fruit shows purity, freshness, length and volume with velvety textures. 94-96 Pts

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2017 Château Poesia  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 92

Licorice, espresso, plum and dark chocolate open on the nose. There is a cleanness with soft tannins, thirst-quenching red plums and cassis in the finish. The wine is smooth, polished, elongated and quite fresh. Made from blending 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc. 92 Points

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2016 Château Poesia  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 94

Medium/full bodied, silky textures, layers of sweet, ripe, black raspberries and cocoa with a fruity, polished, fresh, sensuous finish 94 Points

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Excuse me, your truffle is showing. Blend in some espresso, licorice and vanilla and you've got the aromatics. Plump, plush fruits with dark chocolate and boysenberry finish things off nicely. Produced from a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.8% alcohol with a pH of 3.5. 92 Points

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2015 Château Poesia  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 93

Silky, sexy, lush, polished, dark chocolate covered plums, with nuances of cherry, licorice and espresso. Here you find ripe tannins and good purity of fruit in the finish. The wine is structured to age and develop and will need some time in the bottle before it's fun to drink. 93 Points

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Mineral driven on the nose and on the palate, this wine blends sweet, elegant, silky fruits with ripe tannins and good purity of fruit in the finish. The wine is structured to age and develop and will need some time in the bottle before it's fun to drink. From a blend of 30% Cabernet Franc and 70% Merlot, the wine is aging in 80% new, French oak barrels. 92 Points

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2014 Château Poesia  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 91

Earthy, licorice, plums, smoke and espresso leads you to a medium bodied, silky effort with freshness with a hint of herbs and olives that only add to the red pit fruits in the finish. 91 Points

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Floral, black cherry and earthy aromas entice you to stay for the soft, fresh, sweet, juicy dark berries in the charming finish. 90-92 Pts

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2013 Château Poesia  (St. Émilion Grand Cru) 90

Finesse in style, medium bodied, elegant and approachable, the wine delivers a fresh, plum and cherry spicy sensation that is already drinking well. 90 Points

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The debut vintage for this wine is rich, fat, lush and luxurious, this sexy wine has a serious level of density and tannins. Produced from a blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine reached 13.5% alcohol, with a pH of 3.50. The yields were only 8 hectoliters per hectare. This wine from Helene Garcin Leveque is going to be something you will want to keep track of on a going forward basis. 91-93 Pts

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