2005 Cru Bourgeois Médoc
Deep sustained crimson. A thick look in the glass. Uncompromisingly firm nose. Very dark slightly irony and mineral fruit. Firmly defined, with vigour and rigour. Impressive more than likeable, it has some very firm and unexpressive tannins. Rating: 89-89 L&S (Apr 2006)
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Chateau Potensac is owned by the Delon family, owners of Leoville-Las Cases and Nenin. Potensac belies its humble Cru Bourgeois status and regularly outperforms its more illustrious neighbours. The vineyards of Potensac are located in Ordonnac in Médoc. The blend is predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, with approximately 40% Merlot and Cabernet Franc combined. Yields are severely restricted to around 35 hl/ha (hectolitres per hectare) and rigorous selection for the 'grand vin' consigns roughly 35% of the harvest to the second wine, named Château Lassalle. Michel and Jean-Hubert Delon do not filter their wines as they prefer the more caring approach of fining with egg whites.
Bright ruby-red. Sweeter on the nose than the 2006, offering black cherry, mocha and nutty oak. Broad, rich, dry and serious, with almost Pauillac-like volume. Finishes with substantial tannic clout and very good length. (May/June 2007) Rating: 87-89 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (May 2007)
A little jammy on the nose, lacking some definition. Spicy black fruits on the palate with good acidity and lots of freshness. Big bold tannins take over on the finish: a dense masculine Potensac built for the long-term. Lacks a little charm at this nascent stage and perhaps could have been even better given the vintage. Rating: 19/25 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (May 2006)
£130 on 2 cases+ - post price-release comment (May 2006)
(41% merlot, 40% cabernet sauvignon and 19% cabernet franc) Bright ruby-red. Raw black cherry and pepper on the nose. Spicy, pure and juicy, with somewhat austere flavors of cassis, licorice and black pepper. Not especially dense but nicely balanced, pure and brisk. The tannins are firm but not dry. This is a relatively high 13.5% alcohol Rating: 87-89 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (May 2006)
Fine deep cassis fruit, quite full, grippy and long, the Saint-Julien of the Médoc. Drink 2009-16. Rating: ***/16.5 www.decanter.com (May 2006)
Rating: 85-86 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com (May 2006)
Currants, minerals and berries follow through to a full bodied palate, with silky tannins and a long, rich finish. Slightly one-dimensional but well done. Another 2003 and 2000. Rating: 85-88 James Suckling, The Wine Spectator (May 2006)
Not desperately concentrated in colour. Quite light on the nose but good balance of fresh fruit on the palate though pretty severe oaking regime for fruit without that much intensity. Very correct but no more charm than usual! No display of extra ripeness from the year. 2014-20 Rating: 15.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (May 2006)
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