2008 Potensac, Médoc (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1047835

91 points Wine Enthusiast: "Structured, direct, not heavy, the fruit very forward, powered by red berries. The wine has an atrractive open character, rich and fresh at the same time." (04/11) According to Robert Parker: "Perhaps the finest Potensac made since the 1982, the 2008 is undoubtedly a sleeper of the vintage. Harvested between October 4-16, this blend of 42% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 18% Cabernet Franc was fashioned from modest yields of 44 hectoliters per hectare. While lacking the prestige of a grand cru classe, it offers an amazing display of sweet black cherry and cassis fruit intermixed with notions of earth and spice. Good purity, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, a seamless balance, ripe tannins, and fresh acids result in an amazing wine that should sell for a song. It should evolve for a decade or more." (04/09) According to Decanter: "Black-red, smoky and fleshy Cabernet fruit, dense and well-extracted, firm structure, very good length. Drink 2014-20." K&L's notes - *½ 42% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Cabernet Franc. 13.2% ABV. Blackish color. This wine tastes fabulous already. Vanilla oak aromas and lots of sweet fruit on the palate. Sweeter than usual with great balance. Please note - 2008 Bordeaux futures are not in stock, but will arrive between Jan 2011 and Dec 2011 We will contact you for shipping instructions.

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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/21/2009  | Send Email
2008 Vintage Report: *½ 42% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Cabernet Franc. 13.2% ABV. Blackish color. This wine tastes fabulous already. Vanilla oak aromas and lots of sweet fruit on the palate. Sweeter than usual with great balance.

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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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France

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Bordeaux

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