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2003 Potensac, Médoc

SKU #1024850 93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (5/2006)

89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 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) Inner quote mark (4/2006)

89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark 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. Inner quote mark (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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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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