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Château Potensac

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2023
92
Medium-bodied, with a floral edge to the red with black currants, tobacco, and savory herbs round out the character here, The wine is bright, sweet, savory, and crisp, in its chewy finish. The wine was produced from blending 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, and 17% Cabernet Franc.13.4% ABV. Drink from 2027-2045. 91-93 Pts.

Medium-bodied, with a floral edge to the red with black currants, tobacco, and savory herbs round out the character here, The wine is bright, sweet, savory, and crisp, in its chewy finish. The wine was produced from blending 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, and 17% Cabernet Franc.13.4% ABV. Drink from 2027-2045. 91-93 Pts.

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2022
93
Tobacco leaf, cedar, peppery herbs, and black fruits show on the nose, and on the palate. There is volume, intensity, concentration, tannic structure, and a regal bearing for the wine on the palate. By miles, this is the most complete vintage for Potensac I have ever tasted. The wine was produced from blending 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36.5% Merlot, 19.5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.14.52% ABV. Drink from 2026-2045. 92-94 Pts.

Tobacco leaf, cedar, peppery herbs, and black fruits show on the nose, and on the palate. There is volume, intensity, concentration, tannic structure, and a regal bearing for the wine on the palate. By miles, this is the most complete vintage for Potensac I have ever tasted. The wine was produced from blending 43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36.5% Merlot, 19.5% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.14.52% ABV. Drink from 2026-2045. 92-94 Pts.

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2021
90
Leafy spearmint and red fruits are the thrust of this bright, crisp, foursquare styled vintage. Quite classic in nature, this firm, chewy wine is perfect for lovers of classic styled Bordeaux. The wine was produced from blending 40% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Cabernet Franc and 13% Petit Verdot, 13.1% ABV. Drink from 2025-2038. 89-91

Leafy spearmint and red fruits are the thrust of this bright, crisp, foursquare styled vintage. Quite classic in nature, this firm, chewy wine is perfect for lovers of classic styled Bordeaux. The wine was produced from blending 40% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Cabernet Franc and 13% Petit Verdot, 13.1% ABV. Drink from 2025-2038. 89-91

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2020
92
Dark in color, the wine opens with persuasive notes of cedar, creme de cassis, tobacco and forest leaf in the perfume. Full-bodied, ripe, rich and packed with crisp, juicy currants, the wine finishes with a big mouthful of firm, chewy blackberries, currants and a refreshing sprig of mint on the backend. 91-93 Pts

Dark in color, the wine opens with persuasive notes of cedar, creme de cassis, tobacco and forest leaf in the perfume. Full-bodied, ripe, rich and packed with crisp, juicy currants, the wine finishes with a big mouthful of firm, chewy blackberries, currants and a refreshing sprig of mint on the backend. 91-93 Pts

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2019
91
Medium-bodied, fresh, lively, fresh and vibrant, the wine is almost ready to go with its blast of tobacco leaf, currants, spice and touch of mint leaf on the nose and palate. The wine was produced from blending 47% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. Drink from 2024-2038.

Medium-bodied, fresh, lively, fresh and vibrant, the wine is almost ready to go with its blast of tobacco leaf, currants, spice and touch of mint leaf on the nose and palate. The wine was produced from blending 47% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. Drink from 2024-2038.

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Mint, cedar, leaf and herbal aromatics combine to produce a structured, firm, crisp bite of cassis, blackberry and stone on the nose and palate, creates a wine with freshness, fruit, with a true Medocian character. The wine was produced from blending 47% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, reaching 14.05% ABV. 90-92 Pts

Mint, cedar, leaf and herbal aromatics combine to produce a structured, firm, crisp bite of cassis, blackberry and stone on the nose and palate, creates a wine with freshness, fruit, with a true Medocian character. The wine was produced from blending 47% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, reaching 14.05% ABV. 90-92 Pts

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2018
92
The ripe nose exudes fresh, juicy, sweet fruit, cedar, smoke, spice and tobacco notes. Full-bodied with ripe, soft, round tannins and finish filled with sweet, ripe, fresh red berries that linger with flavor. For Potensac this is forward, so you will be able to enjoy this within a few years. This is the finest wine made in the history of Pontesac. The wine was produced from blending 45% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, 14.5 ABV

The ripe nose exudes fresh, juicy, sweet fruit, cedar, smoke, spice and tobacco notes. Full-bodied with ripe, soft, round tannins and finish filled with sweet, ripe, fresh red berries that linger with flavor. For Potensac this is forward, so you will be able to enjoy this within a few years. This is the finest wine made in the history of Pontesac. The wine was produced from blending 45% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, 14.5 ABV

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Tobacco, cedar and smoke are paired with ripe, red berries that have a roundness in them this year. The wine is full-bodied and continues with its classic spirit. But with the 2018, you find more generosity than normal. Still, I would wait at least a decade before opening a bottle. The wine was produced from blending 45% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. 90-92 Pts

Tobacco, cedar and smoke are paired with ripe, red berries that have a roundness in them this year. The wine is full-bodied and continues with its classic spirit. But with the 2018, you find more generosity than normal. Still, I would wait at least a decade before opening a bottle. The wine was produced from blending 45% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. 90-92 Pts

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2017
90
Ruby in color with a cedar wood soul and leafy green spirit, you’ll find bright red fruits assigned to the nose. Medium/full bodied and nearly approachable right now, the willing, accessible fruit displays a cheerful and zippy personality. The wine was produced from blending 47% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.

Ruby in color with a cedar wood soul and leafy green spirit, you’ll find bright red fruits assigned to the nose. Medium/full bodied and nearly approachable right now, the willing, accessible fruit displays a cheerful and zippy personality. The wine was produced from blending 47% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.

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2016
91
With a classic combination of cigar box, forest floor and cassis, the wine is full-bodied, tannic, firm and fresh, Structured to age, give it at least a decade for the wine to soften, developing complexities and softness.

With a classic combination of cigar box, forest floor and cassis, the wine is full-bodied, tannic, firm and fresh, Structured to age, give it at least a decade for the wine to soften, developing complexities and softness.

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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.

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.

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2015
90
Minty fresh, cedar, fennel and spicy red fruits bring you to a fresh, solid block or ripe tannins and juicy berries. Classic, but in a good way, this will need time to develop and soften.

Minty fresh, cedar, fennel and spicy red fruits bring you to a fresh, solid block or ripe tannins and juicy berries. Classic, but in a good way, this will need time to develop and soften.

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From a blend of 45% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.32% ABV 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

From a blend of 45% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.32% ABV 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

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2014
89
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.

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.

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From a blend of 40% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.25% ABV. 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

From a blend of 40% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, the wine reached 13.25% ABV. 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

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2013
87
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

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

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2012
88
Wet forest, cedar and cassis, firm, bright and classic, with a tannic, crisp, cassis and cranberry note in the finish.

Wet forest, cedar and cassis, firm, bright and classic, with a tannic, crisp, cassis and cranberry note in the finish.

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Dominated by Merlot at 48% of the blend, followed by 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.47% ABV 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

Dominated by Merlot at 48% of the blend, followed by 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Cabernet Franc, the wine reached 13.47% ABV 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

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2011
88
Fully ready to go, the medium-bodied wine is completely developed, showing a hint of chocolate on top of its red currants, cedar, spice, and lit cigar nuances.

Fully ready to go, the medium-bodied wine is completely developed, showing a hint of chocolate on top of its red currants, cedar, spice, and lit cigar nuances.

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Lean, with a bright, crisp, cassis and fresh, black raspberry, masculine leaning personality.

Lean, with a bright, crisp, cassis and fresh, black raspberry, masculine leaning personality.

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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% ABV, this brawny, powerful wine is packed with cassis. Structured and built to age, it will need time. 87-89 Pts

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% ABV, this brawny, powerful wine is packed with cassis. Structured and built to age, it will need time. 87-89 Pts

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2010
89
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.

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.

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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

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

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2009
90
Tobacco, cigar box, spearmint and earthy red fruit scents open the wine. On the palate, the wine is firm, crisp, chewy and bright, with a sweet, cassis and cherry finish. This is starting to show well, but it needs another 3-5 years to show at its best.

Tobacco, cigar box, spearmint and earthy red fruit scents open the wine. On the palate, the wine is firm, crisp, chewy and bright, with a sweet, cassis and cherry finish. This is starting to show well, but it needs another 3-5 years to show at its best.

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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.

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.

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2008
88
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.

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.

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2007
86
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.

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.

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2006
88
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.

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.

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2005
90
Additional time in the cellar has added a lot to this wine, in texture and complexity. The tannins have softened allowing all the ripe, deep, dark, fresh cassis, with its tobacco and herbal accents to shine brightly on the nose and in its full, firm, and almost round, red berry palate. Drink from 2022-2034.

Additional time in the cellar has added a lot to this wine, in texture and complexity. The tannins have softened allowing all the ripe, deep, dark, fresh cassis, with its tobacco and herbal accents to shine brightly on the nose and in its full, firm, and almost round, red berry palate. Drink from 2022-2034.

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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.

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.

4,261 Views   Tasted
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.

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.

9,531 Views   Tasted
2004
87
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.

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.

4,419 Views   Tasted
2003
89
Firm, classic styled wine not showing the heat like most wines from the vintage. Earthy with lots of cedar, tobacco leaf, mushroom, cigar box and currants, the medium-bodied wine is fully ready to go.

Firm, classic styled wine not showing the heat like most wines from the vintage. Earthy with lots of cedar, tobacco leaf, mushroom, cigar box and currants, the medium-bodied wine is fully ready to go.

2,569 Views   Tasted
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.

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.

3,880 Views   Tasted
1996
89
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.

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.

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1990
88
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.

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.

4,597 Views   Tasted