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.  (9/ 2011)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A soft, cedary, herbaceous, but pleasant, round, elegant style of wine, with berry and red currant fruit, and a smooth finish...  (4/ 2000)

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.  (5/ 2000)

Wine Spectator

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

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.

By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/17/2012  | Send Email
One of the very best properties in the Medoc, 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 at the Chateau and to the additional resources made available through its long association with a top second growth. The 1997 Potensac is one of the best I have tasted from this vintage. It is surprisingly youthful in character, displaying a deep purple to red color, a very floral nose with elements of new wood, and pleasingly ripe, sweet red and black fruits. Like most Medoc wines, it is a broad shouldered effort, very structured and firm. It needed a good hour in a decanter, and really started to shine about 2 hours into a meal of grilled ribeye steak with asparagus and roasted potatoes. At a price comfortably below that of the classified growths, this lovely wine should prove immensely satisfying to any lover of good claret.

 By: Rick "3Chopsticks" Wong |  Review Date: 2/13/2014 
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Following Gary Westby's advice I enjoyed this wine on several occasions with steaks aged 5 weeks. Filet on the bone. Perfect.

 By: Mark Gibson |  Review Date: 5/10/2012 
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Jim Barr pressed a bottle of this into my hand on Tuesday. As instructed I decanted it an hour before drinking with some superb grilled lamb chops for dinner.
Forget "Sweet-tooth" Parker's ratings, forget the vintage and buy some.
One of the most enjoyable wines with red meat that I have had this year.
A throw-back to when wines were 13% and balanced. Lovely length and plenty of dark fruit lingers on...this wine still has a few years of ageing potential in bottle.
Excellent value for money when the 2005 is on the shelves for $40+
Drink from 2012 to 2015

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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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Alcohol Content (%): 12.5