2001 Potensac, Médoc

SKU #1009564 89 points Wine Spectator

 Impressive nose of meaty fruit and spices with ripe fruit. Medium- to full-bodied, with velvety tannins and plenty of blackberry and currant character. Enticing. Hints of barley. I like this better than the 2000. Best after 2007.  (3/ 2004)

Jancis Robinson

 Solid and meaty – very rewarding for the age and price. Would make a great present, being cheaper and readier than it looks. A real bruiser that has more than a nod at a St-Estèphe.  (7/ 2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Always impressively made by Jean-Hubert Delon (the proprietor of Leoville Las Cases and Nenin), Potensac’s 2001 is an elegant, medium-bodied Medoc offering dried herb and berry fruit characteristics in an open-knit, attractively fruity, pure style. Restaurants should be buying this one by the case for their patrons to enjoy now and over the next 7-8 years.  (6/ 2004)

K&L Notes

48% Cab, 33% Merlot, and 19% Cab Franc. Raspberry fruit aromas. Nice palate entry and quite tannic at back end.

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/28/2013  | Send Email
Another outstanding 2001 Bordeaux. Some sage on the nose-very fine richness and smooth finish.

By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/19/2013  | Send Email
2001 continues to be my vintage of choice from the new millennium. The wines are drinking well now and the Potensac is living proof of that. It's just a great combination of soft, integrated fruit, accents of earthiness, and the secondary development you want from a mature Bordeaux red wine. And it's affordable. What are you waiting for?

By: Leah Greenstein |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/10/2013  | Send Email
Tasted blind, I might have confused this gorgeous Bordeaux for Barolo, with its rose petal, cherry and spice box aromatics. In the mouth the cherry flavors just sing--they're fresh and clean--with just the right amount of weight and secondary characteristics poking through. Drinking great now; it gets better with a little air.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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