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chateau potensac If you love Bordeaux you’re in despair over the high prices for the good stuff and the mediocre plonk on the bottom shelf. So get ahold of some of this to brighten your day. It is quintessential Bordeaux for about $25 and it is right in it’s drinking window. Still vibrant ruby with no bricking. Cherry, salami, tobacco, and glorious mushroomy notes dance on the expressive nose. The palate brings a little chocolate to the show before closing with an elegant, medium-length finish. The tannins make their presence felt but have softened into a gentle old age. Great structure on a medium body frame and for a modestly priced wine the finesse is impressive. 1997 was not the best year in Bordeaux but it was good enough.

I can’t imagine this was drinkable when young, but age has been very good to this wine. And it has pedigree. The Chateau is owned by the Delon family of Leoville Las Cases  fame. Located near St. Estephe,  the blend is 50% Cabernet, 30% Merlot, and 20% Cabernet Franc.

K and L Wines ( a great Bay Area Wine shop with easy online ordering) has a bunch of this from what I understand. Stock up; it won’t last forever.

When Bordeaux is right it’s a perfect match for the finesse of Lady Day. With a little age they just get better.

Price: $25

Score: 90