Château Potensac 2015 - A.O.C Médoc
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89.7 sur 100 based on 7 Average rating of the Experts
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89.7
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Experts Reviews

89-91/100
Score dans le Guide Parker
Robert Parker
91/100
Score de Wine Enthusiast
Wine Enthusiast
91/100
Score de Tim Atkin
Tim Atkin
16/20
Score de la RVF
RVF
90/100
Score de Wine Spectator
Wine Spectator
15.5/20
Score de Bettane & Besseauve
Bettane et Desseauve
16.5/20
Score de Jancis Robinson
Jancis Robinson

The 2015 Potensac is a blend of 45% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Cabernet Franc that was cropped at 50 hl/ha, and raised in one-third new oak. There is a sense of airiness on the nose: small dark cherries, crème de cassis and crushed strawberry, pretty and nicely focused. The palate is medium-bodied with edgy tannin, fresh and citrus in style, just a touch of reduction towards the finish, but they will blow off by the time it is in bottle. I would have just preferred more persistence on the finish, but otherwise this is a decent Potensac.
89-91
points on 100
Pepper, savory and bay leaf notes lead the way, with a core of medium-weight cassis and cherry flavors. A tobacco hint and chalky minerality extend the finish, which has a pleasant austerity. A touch reticent in style, but will age well. Best from 2020 through 2028. 23,750 cases made.
90
points on 100
Charnu, affichant un fruité de belle intensité et d'une maturité juste, il est déjà séduisant et gourmand. Il faudra néanmoins savoir l'attendre.
16
points on 20

Description

The estate has been in the same family since time immemorial and has always been handed down by women. The current owner, Jean-Hubert Delon, inherited the estate from his paternal grandmother, Georgette Liquard. Although close to the river, Potensac is situated on a high point of land in North Medoc. Because of this position, the site has been populated since ancient times. The name « Medoc » in fact comes from « medio aquae » which means « in the middle of the waters ».

Planted on the best quality soils in the Ordonnac district, the vineyards now extend over 60 hectares on a terroir where the typical characteristics of each grape variety express themselves very distinctly and give the wine superb ageing potential.





The terroir

Château Potensac's vineyards extend mainly over hilly mounds with a limestone subsoil covered with clay and gravel outcrops containing a high proportion of gravel ("graves"). These limestone soils are very similar to those found in the Saint-Estèphe appellation. On this very special terroir, some plots of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc planted over 80 years ago still produce perfectly ripe, healthy grapes. The hamlet of Potensac was already cited in the first edition of Féret for the special characteristics and longevity of its wines.





Dans les chais

In addition to the exceptional know-how acquired by the Delon family at Château Léoville Las-Cases, Château Potensac has also benefited from numerous investments which allow it to maintain itself at the same technical level as the best current areas of Bordeaux. The traditional aging is done in new barrels with a real know-how in the choice of the suppliers. Aging in barrels takes place for a sufficient period to allow optimal bottle keeping over time. It is also very important because it highlights the “finesse” of a wine that is coming from an exceptional terroir. On the palate, the wine is pure and powerful, the tannins dense and spicy, and the finish of great depth with glorious aromas. Because of these qualities, Château Potensac is often considered to represent the « pure Medoc style ».




Technical sheet

  • The producer
    Château Potensac
  • Type of wine
    Non Classified
  • Appellation
    Médoc
  • Superficy
    84 hectares
  • Age of the vines
    34 years
  • Harvests
    100% hand harvested
  • Barrels
    33% of new barrels
  • When should you drink it?
    Drink between 2022 and 2033
  • Wine apogee
    2027
  • How is it now?
    Encore jeune on doit le garder en cave
  • Service temperature
    16.5-18°

The vineyard

This Red wine (Non Classified) from Médoc is made with a vineyard that has an area of 84 hectares by Château Potensac. The average age of the vines is 34 years. The harvest for this wine are 100% hand harvested.

Into the cellars

This wine has remained 16 months in Oak barrels. For this wine, the estate has made the choice to incorporate 33% of new barrels.

Médoc

The Médoc appellation combines three types of terroir: the Pyrenees gravel, the Garonne gravel, and the clay-limestone soils. Given the importance of the size of the appellation, these terroirs are characterized by an extreme variety of soils and subsoils.The Médoc enjoys an exceptional geographical location and a unique underground. Gravel rumps give birth to great wines. The blend of Merlot (the most important grape variety of the AOC), with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec give the wines charm and balance.The mouth of the Médoc is well structured, full on a frame of tasty tannins.