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 ».
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.
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.
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 ».