1997 Potensac, Médoc

SKU #1090139 Jancis Robinson

 Dark glowing crimson. Grunty, very concentrated. Arguably the miracle here is to find a wine from Jean-Hubert Delon under £20. And one you could actually think of drinking too. This should certainly appeal to classicists—especially those knowledgeable enough to know it’s related to the most expensive super second of all, Léoville Las Cases. (JR)  (9/2011)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good ruby-red. Smoky aromas of plum and leather. Lush, smooth and gamey in the mouth, with a bit less stuffing to buffer its fairly ripe tannins. (ST)  (5/2000)

Wine Spectator

 A fruity and fresh red, with mineral, cherry and raspberry character. Medium body. Firm tannins and a crisp finish. (JS, Web—2001)

K&L Notes

This is made by the people at Léoville-Las Cases. It's a superb older Bordeaux for an extremely reasonable price. The latest in a recent string of wildly popular and affordable '97 vintage Bordeaux bargains. This wine will be great for another 10 years and it is delicious right now. Tons of ripe fruit and very rounded tannins. Buy a case, for sure. This is the best buy at K&L for mature red wine. (Clyde Beffa Jr., K&L co-owner and Bordeaux buyer)

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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/14/2015 | Send Email
One of the very best properties in the Médoc, Chateau Potensac has been owned for many years by the Delon family of Leoville Las Cases in St. Julien. The quality of the wine can be attributed both to the superb character of the terroir and to the additional resources made available due to its long association with a top second growth. I first reviewed this wine in April of 2012. Since then it has become one of K&L’s all time best selling clarets. I recently enjoyed a bottle with our weekly Friday night steak frites and was so impressed I bought a case to drink over the coming year. (Assuming it lasts that long.) This is a classic ’97, medium to full-bodied, and nicely developed with notes of cedar, leather, and cured meats on the nose and palate. Plenty of youthful fruit still on display here – bright, sweet red fruits, red currant and cherry. With the tannins nearly fully resolved, the wine offers a softer, rounder mouthfeel that is lovely to savor.

Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/23/2015 | Send Email
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Our biggest selling Bordeaux the past two years. Still young and lively-Buy cases.
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Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/8/2013 | Send Email
Cinnamon and I are on a very strict diet, and one of the most important parts of that diet is eating steak and drinking claret once a week. Bordeaux is magic with steak. I know that many of you might think it is less than cutting edge, but this pairing is a classic for a reason. Recently we picked up ¼ of a steer from Fred Manas at Double Bar O ranch in Esparto, CA and this past Friday we indulged in a T-Bone from our haul. We gave it four days of dry age in the fridge, added salt and pepper and tossed it in the cast iron pan. We let it rest with a dab of black truffle butter on top and made some fries and a salad to go with it. The 1997 Potensac, Médoc, $26.99 is one of the most youthful 1997’s I have tasted, and needed the hour that we gave it in the decanter. It is very, very dark, and if I had tasted it blind I am positive I would have missed the vintage. That being said, I think the wine has a lot of charm now as well as power. This is a virile wine with plenty of strict tannin and acidity, but with plenty of black currant fruit to balance it out. It was perfect with the steak, but I would not trifle with this wine with finger food. It got better and better as the night went on and by the last glass was quite layered and complex. This is a steal and $26.99. If there is a steak in your future, don’t miss it!
Drink from 2012 to 2020

Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/1/2012 | Send Email
This wine is beautifully aromatic, filled with forest floor and potpourri. The palate still shows lovely raspberry and blackberry, along with toasted spices and more potpourri. Again, please decant this wine for two-plus hours so the acidity, so prominent on the first pour, becomes a background note. This wine is up there with the 1997 Langoa-Barton.

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