2005 Medoc: Potensac

2005 Chateau Potensac Medoc
Red Wine; Bordeaux Blend; Bordeaux;

 
2005 Chateau Potensac Medoc (Pre-Arrival)
Red Wine; Bordeaux Blend; Bordeaux;
$24.00
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Due to the popularity of this offer, we are sold out of our in stock inventory. We do however have more of this wine available (at the same price) on a pre-arrival basis, and it is expected to arrive sometime this year.
I’ve been thinking about how to write about this wine this whole week. I started many an idea and scrapped it. None really conveyed what I’m trying to say, for example: “This is like selling babies. They’re so cute, everybody wants one when they see one, but are we really as patient as we think we’ll be?” If you look closely at this metaphor, it doesn’t really work, plus I am against selling babies. It’s been a busy week, so I’ve settled for a more straightforward approach.For some reason I don’t recommend $23.98 wines that often, but that changes with the 2005 Potensac. Frankly, this is a great deal. So it’s not in that under $15 sweet spot, but it is pure value considering the material. It is serious, very ageable Bordeaux. We’ve sung the praises of the 2005 vintage over and over, and the reason I don’t feel bad about that is because there is so much good wine out there from this vintage, and my goal is to speak up when I taste/drink good wine. kind of like a public service announcement. I’ve admired this Château (owned by Jean-Hubert Delon of Leoville Las Cases) in other vintages for making impressive wines at exceedingly fair prices. This vintage is another story. This has the length and intensity of a classed growth, and it shows us that as much as it sounded like hype when those high prices for Margaux and Latour came out, this really is a stellar vintage for Bordeaux. Whether Latour is worth $10,000 a case is not for me to say, but I will say this is worth every bit of $288.I imagine that as these wines arrive on the market, they’re going to be a thorn in the side of Napa Valley producers. “Normal” Bordeaux vintages are a different animal than the average Napa wine, lighter and less fruited, so there’s no reason for them to worry about quality Bordeaux for less than $30, because the wine is different and attracts a different customer. But when they start treading on your turf, and making wines that take some of what you do best (ripe fruit) along with what they do best (integration, finesse) and selling for half your price … when a wine just over $20 has power, concentration, and the staying power to age along side or better than those $60 (and up) Napa wines, I’d be ready for these 2005s to sell out if I were them. This is not the $10 Bordeaux wines like Mylord which were delicious, but not incredibly serious. (Though that was a controversial wine, as it seems that there was some variation across importers. We had a very high incidence of customer happiness with the Mylord we brought in.) The Potensac has depth and extract, and should be laid away. Otherwise it will need a decanter and lots of patience. For example: This wine was finally opening up and showing it best on the 5th day after I pulled the cork. No gas, lots of oxygen, lots of beating it up. Those first few days it was, deep, dark, and yelling at me, “I’m young wine! Leave me be.” I yelled, “I know, but it’s been a couple days. Please.” Same response, “I told you I’m a young wine. Back off!” All the time there was no degradation or oxidation. When it finally relented it’s structure on day 5 and the fruit came out, I looked in and said thank you, and the last glass was delicious.

If you love aging wine, and you want a sure thing, this is a perfect example. It’s a great way to see what 2005 Bordeaux does when it really gets going and moves above the entry level into serious, contemplative wine. – Ben Jordan

2005 Chateau Potensac Medoc
Red Wine; Bordeaux Blend; Bordeaux;

 
2005 Chateau Potensac Medoc (Pre-Arrival)
Red Wine; Bordeaux Blend; Bordeaux;
$24.00
  Add to Cart
Due to the popularity of this offer, we are sold out of our in stock inventory. We do however have more of this wine available (at the same price) on a pre-arrival basis, and it is expected to arrive sometime this year.
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