In my report on the 2000 vintage in issue #146 (dated 4-23-03), I forgot to include my review of the 2000 Potensac. It is a beautiful sleeper of the vintage. Rich and concentrated, it may be the finest Potensac since the 1982.
Owned and made by Leoville Lascases, this is one moderately-priced 2000 that needs a little more time in bottle to open out. An impressively deep colour and good concentration of fruit; this is a serious wine that will deliver the goods in a few years time.
A deep ruby/purple color is followed by abundant aromas of sweet black currant fruit, spice box, and earth. Elegant, stylish, and moderately tannic, this 2000 should be at its finest between 2004-2011
With yields of 35 hectoliters per hectare, and a selection process that assured only 60% of the crop went into this cru bourgeois, Potensac sets the standard for its peers. Owned by the Delon family of Leoville-Las-Cases, it has been a noteworthy offering for more than two decades. The elegant, fresh, deep ruby/purple-colored 2000 reveals a grapy, red currant, black cherry, mineral, earth, and wood-scented bouquet. It will be long-lived for a wine of its class. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2015.