The practice of establishing a “second wine” began in the 18th century as way for Bordeaux winemakers to be more selective of the wine going into their estate label. The goal was to increase the quality of the “Grand Vin” (i.e. VGS) and also create a very good second wine, which can typically be enjoyed, younger and costs less.
Since then, a lot of the top chateaux have added a third wine. That strict selection between the lots and the barrels, ensure the very best quality for the Grand Vin and a tremendous quality/value for the second vin.
At VGS, we have done that by having the VGS and the Illegitimate. Now, we are adding Potelle Two which makes our selection process even stricter. And The Illegitimate has become a separate brand.
Potelle Two, the second wine of Potelle, was born from this tradition.
53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Petite Sirah, 13% Zinfandel, 9% Syrah, 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Grenache.
In the mouth the wine has a nice structure, the weight is good, it sits well, it is round and ample but it also presents a nice suppleness that balances the structure and ensure earlier drinkability. The finish is very long.