2011 Potensac, Médoc

SKU #1151622 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Selection* Coming from the same stable as Léoville las Cases in Saint-Julien, the wine is finely structured with firm tannins and dark fruit. Rich plum flavors are counterbalanced by solid tannins. It needs to age, so drink from 2018.  (5/2014)

Jancis Robinson

 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 52% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Franc. 30% new oak. Deep cherry crimson. Lifted red cherry fruit, aromatic and bright. Finest of tannins, lively and fresh and with an excellent balance of dry tannin and fresh fruit. Real purity of fruit. Then the fine tension of the tannins. Precision, helped by accurate sorting (optical sorting machine). 17/20 points.  (4/2012)

James Suckling

 Very aromatic with a bright, focused nose of flowers and currants. Medium body with lovely density and lightly chewy tannins. Needs two years to soften: try in 2016.  (2/2014)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Displaying attractive berry fruit, damp earth and spice notes along with a touch of herbaceousness, this medium-bodied, cleanly made, bistro-styled red can be consumed over the next 4-5 years. (RP)  (4/2014)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (51% merlot, 34% cabernet sauvignon and 15% cabernet franc): Deep purple. Cherry, mocha, licorice and a whiff of meat on the nose. Pliant and sweet in the mouth, with good herbal lift to the raspberry, red plum and sweet spice flavors. Ripe tannins spread out to dust the entire mouth. A potentially very good Potensac.  (5/2012)

Wine Spectator

 Lively, tangy style, with currant and pomegranate notes and nice floral lift on the finish. A touch crisp but should soften enough with the élevage.  (4/2012)

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Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/20/2014 | Send Email
V Big wine. Tons of tannin.

Staff Image By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/20/2014 | Send Email
A bit firm and tannic. A rustic style.

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