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Chateau Potensac History, Overview
Chateau Potensac takes its name from its location, which is on the top of Potensac plateau in the northern part of the Medoc. Chateau Potensac is owned by the Delon family. The Delon family is better known for their famous property in St. Julien, Leoville Las Cases and Chateau Nenin in Pomerol. Chateau Potensac has been in the hands of the Delon family for several generations. The grandfather of Jean Hubert Delon obtained the estate through marriage, when he married into the Liquard family. From that time on, Chateau Potensac has been passed down from father to son.
Chateau Potensac Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The large, Potensac vineyard vineyard is planted to 46% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, 2% Carmenere and 1% Petit Verdot. This represent a major shift in the vineyard plantings which were previously planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon. The 84 hectare, Left Bank has a terroir that consists of gravel with patches of clay and limestone in the soil. Located only 6 kilometers north of Chateau Calon Segur, part of what makes the soils of Potensac unique is the limestone deposits, which in some parcels, is similar to what you find in St. Emilion.
The vines are on average close to 40 years of age. However, they have old vines, some of what are more than 80 years of age. The vineyard is planted to a vine density of 7,700 vines per hectare. The vineyard is located on two slopes that reach up to 35 meters at their peak elevation. Over the past several years, in an effort to add softness to the wine, slowly but surely, more Merlot has been added to the vineyards of Chateau Potensac.
To produce the wine of Chateau Potensac, vinification takes place in a combination of temperature controlled, stainless steel vats and concrete tanks. Malolactic fermentation takes place in vat. The same technical team that works on the wines of Leoville Las Cases works with Chateau Potensac. The wines are aged in French oak barrels passed down from Clos du Marquis for between 14 and 16 months, depending on the character and style of the vintage.
There is a second wine, La Chapelle de Potensac. On average, close to 25,000 or more cases of wine are produced each vintage.
The wines of Potensac are structured, firm and often display an austere quality, especially in their youth. Chateau Potensac is the perfect wine for fans of old school, classic Bordeaux wine making.
When to Drink Chateau Potensac, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time
Chateau Potensac is not much fun to drink young, due to its tannins, and masculine style. The wine can be decanted for an average of 1-3 hours, give or take. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. Chateau Potensac is usually better with at least 5-7 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Chateau offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 7-20 years of age after the vintage.
Serving and Decanting Chateau Potensac with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips
Chateau Potensac is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. The wine of Chateau Potensac is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Potensac is a perfect match with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta as well as cheese.
Château Potensac Wine Tasting Notes
16 Vintages 74246 Views Sort Vintage - Rating
Dense, powerful, round and classic, this wine is ripe with character, weight, tannin and the structure to age. Best vintage of Potensac I've ever tasted.
Apr 29, 2017points - Tasted 2671 Views
From a blend of 45% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.32% alcohol and will be aged in 1/3 new, French oak barrels. Offering up classic notes of earth, cedar and cassis, the wine is firm, structured, masculine and tannic. Give this old school wine a decade of age, before it begins to unfurl its secondary characteristics and starts to soften. The finish is fresh, with a nice licorice accent to the crisp, fresh cassis. 87 - 89 Pts
Apr 26, 2016points - Tasted 2840 Views
Firm, young, fresh, with a forest floor, leaf, tobacco and red berry profile, the wine is firm, backwards and needs time to age and develop.
Jul 12, 2017points - Tasted 1455 Views
From a blend of 40% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.25% alcohol. Offering notes of cassis and earth, this structured, tannic, powerful, masculine shows a firm, classic tannic profile that with a large amount of Merlot in the blend, will demand time in the cellar. 88-90 Pts
Apr 21, 2015points - Tasted 3446 Views
Blending 66% Merlot, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Cabernet Franc, the wine offers hints of oak, cedar and cassis. Medium bodied with bright, sweet character, it ends with a tart, crisp and austere finish. 87-88 Pts
Apr 23, 2014points - Tasted 3498 Views
Wet forest, cedar and cassis, firm, bright and classic, with a tannic, crisp, cassis and cranberry note in the finish.
Jul 2, 2015points - Tasted 3183 Views
Dominated by Merlot at 48% of the blend, followed by 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.47% alcohol and will aged in 33% new French oak. With dark color, the wine opens with herbs, cedar wood, wild strawberry and pepper. Full bodied, dense, tannic and strict, this powerful wine is packed with kirsch, cassis and acidity. It is going to need time to come together. 87-89 Pts
Apr 23, 2013points - Tasted 3720 Views
Lean, with a bright, crisp, cassis and fresh, black raspberry, masculine leaning personality.
May 21, 2014points - Tasted 3774 Views
From a blend of 52% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Cabernet Franc, the wine will be aged in 30% new oak. Reaching 13.5% alcohol, this brawny, powerful wine is packed with cassis. Structured and built to age, it will need time. 87-89 Pts
Apr 8, 2012points - Tasted 2856 Views
Cedar wood, tobacco and cassis scents lead to a full bodied, powerful, structured, classically styled Potensac with the ability to age and develop. This is a powerful, masculine, tannic, old school, classic style of wine that will appeal to some tasters more than others.
May 8, 2013points - Tasted 4760 Views
Potensac Beefy in style, powerful and tannic,with a long bitter chocolate and cassis finish that is slightly marred by some dryness in the finish traditionally styled wine. 88-90
Apr 21, 2011points - Tasted 5690 Views
With gravel, smoke and cassis in the perfume, the wine is filled with layers of juicy, ripe cassis filled berries. Fresh, ripe and crunchy, this is my favorite vintage of Potensac.
May 7, 2012points - Tasted 5596 Views
Firm, solid, stern and with a sense of austerity, this is a good example of old school classic claret. The wine has concentration, and a liberal dose of cedar, tobacco, earth and cassis, which is still backed up with its tannic structure.
Aug 26, 2017points - Tasted 2186 Views
Metallic, with herbs, tobacco, cedar and red fruits, the firm for the vintage wine can be enjoyed today with some air. Structured and tannic for the vintage, this can take further cellaring.
Jul 12, 2017points - Tasted 1686 Views
Classic in style, tannic in manner and with a core of dark, red and black fruits, cedar and tobacco, the wine is four-square with its firm, tannic, hard profile. Still quite tannic, you are going to need to lay this down several more years before consumption.
May 25, 2016points - Tasted 3027 Views
Still young and holding on to its firm profile, the wine is powerful, tannic, classic, old school Bordeaux with a tannic, austere finish that demands time.
Jun 28, 2015points - Tasted 3069 Views
Firm, masculine and structured, notes of tobacco, cassis, blackberry and earth shine through with effort. Full bodied and traditional in style, give this Haut Medoc another 3-5 more years.
Sep 12, 2011points - Tasted 8348 Views
Tobacco, earth, forest floor and hints of blackberry make up the perfume. The finish is all about the fresh cassis. Still tannic, time will help soften the dusty texture and add more complexity to this classic styled wine.
Jan 4, 2015points - Tasted 3687 Views
Tobacco, wet earth, cigar box and blackberry notes open to a big wine that offers some fruit, without much complexity and a stern, drying finish.
Dec 18, 2013points - Tasted 3003 Views
Firm, strict, tannic, vibrant and full bodied, the nose is typical of an aged Left Bank wine, with its tobacco, cedar wood, red berry and wet, forest aromatics. At 20, this is still tannic, so I a guessing that will dissipate. If old school, classically, styled Bordeaux from the 1970's i your thing, you are going to like this wine more than I did.
Oct 20, 2017points - Tasted 1728 Views
Light berry, mushroom, tobacco and spice aromatics, an old school personality and a finish that ends with earth and berry flavors are the hall marks of this fully mature Bordeaux wine.
Jun 28, 2010points - Tasted 4023 Views