Château Potensac has been is the same family for ages, also owners of Châteaux Léoville Las Cases (2nd cru classé Saint-Julien) and Nenin (Pomerol). It obviously receives the same great care from the vines to the cellar. The 2010 is a fantastic Cru Bourgeois that should delight any Bordeaux amateur. It shows a strong palate of black fruits, cedar and earthy notes, followed by a long finish. Still has quite a few years ahead if you have the patience to wait!
|Wine Characteristics||When & how to drink?|
Domain: Château Potensac
Appellation: Médoc Cru Bourgeois
Grapes: Merlot (42%), Cabernet Sauvignon (37%), Cabernet Franc (21%)
Drink from now to 2022
Open 1 hour before
Serve at 17°C
Rack of lamb, beef filet with shallots.
Soil: Clay and limestone, Gravel
Vineyard: 84 hectares
Age of vines: 38 years old
Maturing: 16 months in oak barrels
|What experts say|
|16+ "Bright crimson. Very light nose. But the palate has lots of energy and delivery. Still youthful but should deliver eventually."|
88 "The 2010 is a winner again and a sleeper of the vintage. A blend of 42% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest a whopping 21% Cabernet Franc (which is unusual in this part of Bordeaux) has loads of cedar, wood, sweet cherries, some damp earth and a hint of strawberry liqueur in a medium-bodied, elegant style meant for consuming over the next decade or more."
90 "Solid, if a bit chunky, with cocoa and ganache coating a core of black currant and blackberry fruit that hangs through the muscular finish, where a warm paving stone note rings out. A touch austere, but the stuffing is there for cellaring. Best from 2014 through 2020."
|91 "Firm and prominent yet dusty tannins show one side of the richness of the vintage. The other is the ripe, black fruits, with acidity in fine balance. This estate, under the same ownership as Léoville las Cases, is serious Médoc, needing to age."|