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CHÂTEAU POTENSAC

2017 Cru Bourgeois Médoc

Grapes Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cab Franc, Cab Sauv
Colour Red
Origin France, Bordeaux
Sub-district Médoc
Classification Cru Bourgeois
ABV 14%

Lots of red fruit packed into this medium bodied Médoc. Crisp and precise with grippy tannins and good acidity. There is a slight green stalk finish. Rating: 86 L&S (Apr 2018)


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The 2017 Potensac is an attractive, supple wine to drink now and over the next few years. There is lovely purity and aromatic lift to the fruit, if not quite the aromatic or structural complexity of the best years. Then again, that is 2017. Tasted two times. Drinking range: 2020 - 2025 Rating: 88 Antonio Galloni, www.vinous.com (Mar 2020)

The 2017 Potensac has a straightforward, well defined bouquet with slightly rustic red fruit mixed with tobacco and smoke. The palate is medium-bodied with quite chewy tannin. The acidity lends this freshness and bite, although it just misses a touch of finesse towards the finish. Still, there is fine length. It should drink well for a decade. Drinking range: 2020 - 2030 Rating: 88 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (Feb 2020)

The 2017 Potensac was picked 14 to 29 September, represents just 55% of the production this year and it was matured in 35% new oak. The bouquet gently unfolds with graphite-infused black fruit, a touch of iris developing with aeration. The oak here is nicely integrated. The palate is just a little green on the entry, though not under-ripe, armed with grippy tannin and a tarry, pencil lead-tinged finish that just needs to find more precision during the remainder of its élevage. Drinking range: 2021 - 2030 Rating: 87-89 Neal Martin, www.vinous.com (May 2018)

Château Potensac

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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