Château Potensac Médoc Red Bordeaux Blend 1997

$29.99

Chateau Potensac is owned by the Delon family of Leoville Las Cases and Clos du Marquis. Situated on the northern outskirts of the Medoc on the border of St. Estephe, this estate produces elegant Cabernet Sauvignon driven wines. The '97 vintage is a wine drinkers vintage and is in a perfect spot 18 years later with fully integated tannins and supple fruit. Dare I say it is the best value in the shop? Drink up!

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Ratings on Delectable

David T Delectable Pro

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

I’ve had at least two cases of the 97 over the last eight years or more. Our friends Jeff & Hedy brought this bottle of 97 to dinner tonight. It’s the best bottle of this wine I’ve had. We drank our last bottle roughly two years ago. The wine continues to improve. Tonight it’s so lush, ruby, elegant with blue & dark & mid red fruits. Great balance of fruit & earth. So beautiful & easy to drink. The 97 vintage was one no one wanted to buy as it was critically panned. I have said this many times, “in every difficult vintage, there are always producers that make good wine.” In the case of the Potensac, it took 15+ years to fully spread its wings and it continues to improve with another 10 years left ahead. No critic would have told you in 98 & 99 when the initial reviews came out to buy this wine. Potensac is made by the same technical team as Leoville Las Cases. Always follow good producers, even in difficult years. K&L bought 5,000 cases of this wine 10+ years after the fact. They are Masters in Bordeaux wines for this kind of value. Clyde took the shipments in two blocks of 2500 cases and sold through them in about a year or less at $24.99 a bottle. It remains the bargain of a lifetime! @Shay A This is the wine you want to buy to keep you from opening your 09’s & 10’s too early. So delicious tonight!!! Photos of; Potensac, concrete tanks, fruit near harvest and their barrel room.

I’ve had at least two cases of the 97 over the last eight years or more. Our friends Jeff & Hedy brought this bottle of 97 to dinner tonight. It’s the best bottle of this wine I’ve had. We drank our last bottle roughly two years ago. The wine continues to improve. Tonight it’s so lush, ruby, elegant with blue & dark & mid red fruits. Great balance of fruit & earth. So beautiful & easy to drink. The 97 vintage was one no one wanted to buy as it was critically panned. I have said this many times, “in every difficult vintage, there are always producers that make good wine.” In the case of the Potensac, it took 15+ years to fully spread its wings and it continues to improve with another 10 years left ahead. No critic would have told you in 98 & 99 when the initial reviews came out to buy this wine. Potensac is made by the same technical team as Leoville Las Cases. Always follow good producers, even in difficult years. K&L bought 5,000 cases of this wine 10+ years after the fact. They are Masters in Bordeaux wines for this kind of value. Clyde took the shipments in two blocks of 2500 cases and sold through them in about a year or less at $24.99 a bottle. It remains the bargain of a lifetime! @Shay A This is the wine you want to buy to keep you from opening your 09’s & 10’s too early. So delicious tonight!!! Photos of; Potensac, concrete tanks, fruit near harvest and their barrel room.

9.3

Gary Westby Delectable Pro

Champagne & Sherry buyer K&L Wines

Excellent with the Doug's perfect tri-tip. Very mineral style claret with tons of cut. Not nearly as ripe as most 97's.

Excellent with the Doug's perfect tri-tip. Very mineral style claret with tons of cut. Not nearly as ripe as most 97's.

9.2

Christanna Honer Delectable Pro

Man what a steal! 18 year old Medoc AOC, showing both mature and youthful fruit character, a little dusty leather, pipe tobacco, ever so slightest hint of brett. The palate really delivered more than I expected--broad and mouth filling, tannins have grip but have that ironed out feel that is my favorite thing about aged Bordeaux. K&L $25!

Man what a steal! 18 year old Medoc AOC, showing both mature and youthful fruit character, a little dusty leather, pipe tobacco, ever so slightest hint of brett. The palate really delivered more than I expected--broad and mouth filling, tannins have grip but have that ironed out feel that is my favorite thing about aged Bordeaux. K&L $25!

9.5

Gary Westby Delectable Pro

Champagne & Sherry buyer K&L Wines

Decanted ahead to pair with this Fred Flinstone ribeye!

Decanted ahead to pair with this Fred Flinstone ribeye!

9.7

Gary Westby Delectable Pro

Champagne & Sherry buyer K&L Wines

Friday night steak and claret with the best value Cabernet at K&L! 18 years old, fresh, but also full of the nuances that only time will bring- and $25!!! This dry Bordeaux is for grown ups who don't want RS in their Cabernet.

Friday night steak and claret with the best value Cabernet at K&L! 18 years old, fresh, but also full of the nuances that only time will bring- and $25!!! This dry Bordeaux is for grown ups who don't want RS in their Cabernet.

9.4

David Lincoln

Herbaceous, cedar, and leather on the front nose. Finishes with berry and red currant fruit. Tremendous value for a mature red wine.

Herbaceous, cedar, and leather on the front nose. Finishes with berry and red currant fruit. Tremendous value for a mature red wine.

9.1

David T Delectable Pro

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

Dark fruits, blackberry, black plum, leather, saddle wood, black earth, pebbles, star anise, ,perfectly resolved soft tannins. A critically reviewed vintage but Potensac did something special. This property sits adjacent to Leovillle La Cas, similar wine making. Extreme value. Buy it up!

Dark fruits, blackberry, black plum, leather, saddle wood, black earth, pebbles, star anise, ,perfectly resolved soft tannins. A critically reviewed vintage but Potensac did something special. This property sits adjacent to Leovillle La Cas, similar wine making. Extreme value. Buy it up!

8.9

Chris Baker

A good, complex left bank Bordeaux - tastes like some more expensive examples.

A good, complex left bank Bordeaux - tastes like some more expensive examples.

9.4

Sean Handel

Decanted for about 40 minutes. Perfect!

Decanted for about 40 minutes. Perfect!

9.7

Andrew Torrens

Better then I had expected. This is what Bordeaux should be trying to do more of. Softened tannins, dry but not too astringent and mellowed plum and cassis. Not too much fruit or oak.

Better then I had expected. This is what Bordeaux should be trying to do more of. Softened tannins, dry but not too astringent and mellowed plum and cassis. Not too much fruit or oak.

9.0

Location

  • 929 Broadway
    New York, NY 10010

  • Hours:
    Monday-Thursday: 10am-9pm
    Friday-Saturday: 10am-10pm
    Sunday: 12pm-8pm