2003 Potensac, Médoc

SKU #1024850 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Managed by Jean-Hubert Delon of Léoville Las Cases, this is without equal in the Medoc appellation. It shows breeding, depth of flavor, beautifully crafted tannins and fine, rich fruit without the overripeness so characteristic of 2003. With its structure, acidity and delicious fruit, this will age as well as any wine from a more classy appellation.  (5/2006)

89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The dark plum/purple-tinged 2003 Potensac is a sleeper of the vintage. Sweet, exotic scents of mincemeat, black currants, cherries, and crushed rocks are followed by an elegant, fleshy, forward, delicious claret to enjoy over the next 5-7 years, although this wine has a tendency to last longer. It is one of the finest Potensacs produced in several years. (RP)  (4/2006)

89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Full red-ruby. Aromas of ripe plum, cedar and tar; superripe without being liqueur-like. Silky, fat and full, with atypical volume for this wine. There's enough healthy (natural) acidity here to give shape and freshness to the wine. Finishes with broad tannins that reach the sides of the mouth. It's hard to imagine a stronger vintage for this chateau.  (6/2006)

K&L Notes

89 points Robert Parker: "The dark plum/purple-tinged 2003 Potensac is a sleeper of the vintage. Sweet, exotic scents of mincemeat, black currants, cherries, and crushed rocks are followed by an elegant, fleshy, forward, delicious claret to enjoy over the next 5-7 years, although this wine has a tendency to last longer. It is one of the finest Potensacs produced in several years." (04/06) According to the Wine Spectator: "Very pretty blackberry and currant aromas follow through to a full-bodied palate, with fine tannins and a silky finish. Nicely done. Best after 2009." (03/06) Barrel sample according to Clyde Beffa, K&L's Bordeaux Buyer: "43% cabernet sauvignon, 33% merlot and 23% cabernet franc. Perfumey, almost flowery nose. Forward and ripe. Some Asian spices and coca-cola also on the nose. Lots of grip to this wine with tons of tannin at back end. This could develop well-time will tell. .5*" (04/04)

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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/4/2010 | Send Email
Wow. It took a few minutes in a decanter to settle down and open up, but this is a Bordeaux to please the most hedonistic of palates. It has black fruits, rich cassis, and an incredibly ripe, lush texture, with a light dusting of tannin on the finish. This is textbook 2003 Bordeaux from an historically hot vintage. Unbelievable bargain.
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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 M├ędoc 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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