Château Potensac, Médoc 2016
Château Potensac 2016 was named in Decanter’s Top Wines of 2018: Most Exciting Picks.
Family owned for generations, Jean- Hubert Delon inherited the Cru Bourgeois estate from his paternal grandmother. He is also proprietor of highly regarded 2nd growth estate, Chateau Leoville Las Cases in St. Julien. The estate located in the far north of the Médoc, is a large property, consisting of 50 hectares of vineyards, which are planted on soils of gravel and red clay. They produce a very fine wine with tight texture, great richness and wonderful freshness. The vines 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 15% Cabernet Franc have a high average age of around 35 years.
Grapes are hand harvested and vinification is in a combination of stainless steel tanks and concrete. Wines are aged in small oak barrels (20% new) for 14-16mths.
Robert Parker 90 pts: “Blended of 44% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Potensac features chocolate box and Sichuan pepper scents with a core of cassis, warm blackberries, kirsch and menthol. Medium to full-bodied, it has a great core of expressive black fruits, grainy tannins and lovely freshness, finishing with a red fruit lift”. Drink 2020 – 2035