Reserved, saline attack. Good mass, quite structured, holding the fruit tight to the finish, blackcurrants than raspberry, compact and together, well done in Potensac style. Rating: 87-88 L&S (Apr 2014)
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The 2013 Potensac, always one of the best of the lower-tier wines from Bordeaux and one with incredible aging potential for an unheralded non-classified growth, is a blend of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. It is a soft, round, easygoing wine offering pleasant notes of loamy soil, cherries and red currants. Drink it over the next 4-5 years. 2014-2019 Rating: 83-85 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, www.RobertParker.com(Aug 2014)
(49% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 20% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot; 3.67 pH; 39 hl/ha; 13% alcohol): Red-ruby. Aromas of black cherry, licorice, mint and oak. Moderately dense, even a bit chunky, offering spicy red berry and cedar flavors. Finishes with substantial but sweet tannins and good chewy length. This may flesh out and develop nicely prior to release. Rating: 86-89 Ian d'Agata - Stephen Tanzer website(May 2014)
Sweet on the nose the palate has black fruited richness. The rich ripe fruit in the middle is underpinned by bramble freshness slightly lighter at the back but the finish has depth and black fruited richness. 2016-27 Rating: 89-91 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk(May 2014)
Château Potensac is owned by the Delon family, owners of Léoville-Las Cases and Nénin. 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.
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