What can be so fascinating about learning the history of our selections is, as you peel back the layers, you find one incredible revelation after another. In this case, we were fascinated by the owners, Patrice Leveque and his wife, Helene Garcin. The fact that they are French isn't that extraordinary. The fact that they also own Chateau Barde-Haut, nothing less than a Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, and Chateau Clos l'Eglise, one of the great growths of Pomerol, is extraordinary.
With great properties like these comes great pride - and great responsibility. Those qualities don't fade when they cross the ocean. Patrice and Helene take as much care with their wines at Bodega Poesia in Argentina as they do at their properties in Bordeaux. And because they take their responsibility very seriously, it's not hard to believe that it shows in the wine.
Regardless of the geography, Poesia is more like a great Bordeaux than a great Argentinian selection. The 30-acre, completely organic and sustainable vineyard was planted in 1935. The grapes are hand-picked and the wine aged in French oak barrels, 50% of which are new, for 12-16 months. It is obvious that Patrice and Helene pay as much attention here as they do at their legendary vineyards in Bordeaux.
The result, of course, is pure and unadulterated pleasure. From the dense color to the aromas of black currant and plum to the exuberant cranberry morphing into dark chocolate and cherry it pleases in every pore, forever more.