The character of Château Potensac, which is without a doubt the most successful Médoc of the vintage, is a direct reflection of the very smooth production of the Léoville Las Cases team. This big chateau in the northern part of Médoc belongs to the family Delon, who also owns the more famous Château Léoville-las-Cases.
(Picture of the gate) The vineyards of Potensac are located in Ordonnac, in Médoc, and incorporate the vines of three properties managed as a single entity, these being Potensac, Gallais-Bellevue and Lassalle. Léoville-Las Cases was once part of a much larger estate until the time of the French Revolution when a portion of this estate was divided into what is today Château Léoville-Barton. In 1840, the estate was again divided and land that would eventually become Château Léoville-Poyferré was split off. Since the mid 20th century the Delon family have been owners of this estate.
Like Sociando-Mallet, Potensac is yet another chateau which illustrates the defunct nature of the 1855 classification of Bordeaux. Potensac regularly turns out wines of classed growth quality, but has only a Cru Bourgeois designation, although in the most recent Cru Bourgeois classification, in 2003 (which subsequently collapsed following a legal challenge), it was accorded Cru Bourgeois Exceptionel status, some recognition at least.
Chateau Potensac 2000, Médoc, Bordeaux
A beautiful sleeper of the vintage. Rich and concentrated, it may be the finest Potensac since the 1982. Firm and well-done, with focused berry and mineral character throughout. Medium- to full-bodied, with fine and sleek tannins and a long, racy finish. From Jean-Hubert Delon
of Las Cases. Wine Spectator Review 88
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