From the team at Leoville Las Cases, this is very attractive - good weight - everything is in good balance. It shows some pedigree. A perfect example of what a Médoc wine should look and feel like. Structured but lithe - Attractive blackcurrant crunch, super smooth, fine tannin. Good intensity. Rating: 90 L&S (Mar 2015)
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The 2014 Potensac has an attractive if straightforward bouquet with strawberry jam, raspberry and tobacco aromas, the latter becoming ever stronger with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with firm but fine tannin. The acidity here is well judged and lends this appreciable tension and energy, a spicy, black pepper vein towards the sustained finish. This improves in the glass and yet I still think it will show best in the short to medium- rather than long-term. Tasted blind at the annual Southwold tasting. Drinking range: 2019 - 2030 Rating: 89 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Mar 2018)
Pale greyish crimson. Light and a bit simple. Tart and green though there is a little sign of ripe fruit too. This may develop into something more interesting. Drinking range: 2023 - 2032 Rating: 15.5+ Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Feb 2018)
The 2014 Potensac is bold, racy and expressive, with plenty of exuberance in its overt, distinctly red-toned fruit. Sweet red cherries, smoke, leather and earthiness are laced together in a supple, forward wine best suited to near-term drinking. The blend is 48% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Caberenet Franc. Rating: 88-90 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (May 2015)
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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