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Poesia is the story of several meetings.

First of all, the meeting of two people: Hélène Garcin, a woman of passion, and Patrice Levêque, a meticulous winegrower for whom the vine is a being in its own right. Their vision of working the vine and their ardent fascination for exceptional terroirs gave birth to a life project, which took form in the type of marriage where one partner feeds on the passion of the other.

Then came the meeting between the couple and the terroirs. A complex, inexpressible notion, which creates a dialogue in spite of everything, from the first moment, from the first stride across the land. Terroirs of the sort that present themselves to man as being self-evident.

Poesia is the story of what happens when they are given their chance. The chance to create something exceptional, with the greatest respect.
"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children"

A. De Saint-Exupéry.
Perched high on the limestone plateau of Saint-Émilion and swept by the wind, the Merlot vine, an age-old inhabitant here, finds the ideal conditions in this fresh soil to express its exemplary aromatic complexity.

A unique symphony of elements, where the clay and limestone base work together to offer the vine the assurance of having a perfect water supply whatever the conditions, and where the wind gently dries the leaves and berries, humidified by the exceptional climate of the region.

An arrangement between the elements that offers the vine a clean fight, an opportunity to transcend itself and thus offer the sort of fruit, rich and concentrated, whose expression bears the mark of the great wines of the limestone plateau of Saint-Émilion.
Far from decorum and worldliness, a sincere wine that speaks of the soul of the vintage and not of its reflection. In Poesia, only the truth of the terroir makes its mark: The mark of the great wines of Saint-Émilion.
A.O.C. Saint-Emilion Grand Cru
POESIA 35 000 bottles
Surface of production 8,865 ha
Soil Clay
Subsoil Limestone, Plateau of Saint-Emilion
Grape varieties 70% Merlot - 30% Cabernet Franc
Soil culture Sustainable, Biological control, Certified High Environmental Value 3
Harvest Hand picked
Fermenting vats 40 -120 hl concrete and stainless steel tanks
Barrels & Ageing New french oak barrels, 18-24 months
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Great Value Wines: 12 Bordeaux 2018s under $40
In our report Bordeaux 2018: A vintage of Superlatives published last week (with nearly 1,300 tasting notes) James wrote that the reds of the 2018 vintage are comparable to those of 2015 and 2016, but in a more exuberant set thanks to the extreme growing season that gives the wines even more concentration. Yet they remain very “Bordeaux” in style. There are many good things to enjoy from both reds and whites in the 2018 Bordeaux vintage, with concentration, structure, and freshness underlined. The average score of 91.8 proves the quality, which is 0.1 points higher even than the outstanding 2015 and 2016 vintages. For the most sought-after bottles from those chateaux in the top tier, 2018 trends toward being a more expensive year, especially compared to 2019. But that does not mean there are no value bottles to be found. 

Many consistent but non-Cru Classe wineries that have been producing outstanding wines in the left bank, once again over-delivered at the prices they command, with great wines under $50 and some even under $30. Producers like Sociando-Mallet, Meyney, Haut-Marbuzet, Beau-Site, Lilian Ladouys, Chateau de Lamarque, Potensac, Le Crock, Siran, Haut-Bergey, and Lespault-Martillac are among the superb values from the left bank from 2018, and all scored 94-95 pts. Chateau Marsau and Puygueraud consistently over-perform from Francs Cotes de Bordeaux, an area in the catch-all appellation Cotes de Bordeaux that is easily overshadowed by its neighbor St.-Emilion, which itself is a trove of great value wines.

Below are 12 great value reds from 2018 currently available for less than $40 a bottle (mostly available with a pre-arrival price in the US market) and rated 94 points and up. These wines represent unparalleled value from some of the top appellations of Bordeaux, including St.-Emilion, St-Estephe, Pessac-Leognan, Pomerol, and Haut Medoc.

From a property owned by the Hong Kong businessman Peter Kwok, Château Tour Saint Christophe St.-Emilion 2018 (97 pts) is the best buy of all. Kwok also owns several other wineries, including Chateau Bellefont-Belcier, a grand cru classe in St.-Emilion, and Chateau Haut-Brisson, another great-value producer. He is also the owner of Chateau le Rey of Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux, which makes some fresh, racy, and unwooded red wines with some wines aged in amphoras that might revolutionize Bordeaux’s contemporary winemaking. Chateau Sansonnet is another winery in St.-Emilion whose advancing quality over the last decade shows in its 2018 vintage – a nicely hedonistic, merlot-based wine with density, layers, and polish.

Check out the following 12 bottles, buy in advance and keep them until they are ready to open up from 2022 onwards. 

– Zekun Shuai, associate editor

Poesia St.-Emilion 2018 – JS95 
Available at $34.99(Pre-arrival)