A few weeks ago I met Razvan Stoenescu in Chateauneuf-du-Pape on a press trip for the DWCC. He’s from Romania and brought a few wines from home. One of these was Cuvée Guy de Poix 2011 from Terra Romana made on the grape Feteasca Neagra, (the Black Maiden in English).
It’s alway fun to taste wines made on grapes that I haven’t before, I also like tasting wines from countries and regions that are not all that known to me – I’ve had a few from Romainia but not many – so when Razvan asked if I was interested to taste this wine I said of course – took my glas and said fill it up!
This is one of the great things with DWCC and also with the #winelover community. You meet people online or on the conference, you build a connection that continues and when you meet up for the first time or again you just pick up that connection. You also get a chance to taste lots and lots of fantastic wines and Cuvée Guy de Poix 2011 is both good and really interesting.
Count Guy Tyrel de Poix passed away in early 2011, He started to grow and make wine in Romaina in the early 90’s and created the brand Vinul Cavalerului in 1994. The range of products has since become wider, among the newer ones is the Terra Romana brand.
The Cuvée Guy de Poix is a homage to the count. It is filled with dark fruits, black currant, prunes and dark cherries but also some red fruits. There is a balsamic touch and herbs such as cloves and a hint of anise. In the finish there are some black peppers and some bitter notes of cherry seeds and cacao seeds. It is a really good wine, with good structure, nice acidity, soft tannins and a warm lingering tone. It is elegant and complex and should age very well – but is also good right now. This should be very good with a nice wild game stew.
I tasted this during a dinner with several other wines and the descriptions is based on a few scrabbled notes, so it would be nice to taste it again. That said, wines that do catch my interest tend to linger on in my mind and this do. And it has left a positive memory for this and other Romainian wines.
Big thanks to Razvan for bringing it – he as well as the wine are good ambassadors for the wines of Romania.