2014 Potensac, Médoc (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1201325 91-93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel Sample. An unusually high proportion of Cabernet Franc in this wine has given it a wonderfully aromatic character. It is a structured, firm wine that is a great success. (RV)  (4/2015)

91-92 points James Suckling

 It’s been a while since I had a Potensac like this. Aromatic, very structured and polished with currant character and wonderful length. Polished tannins. Exceptionally small production for this year.  (3/2015)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Shows textbook Bordeaux austerity, with racy pomegranate and red currant notes, carried by a bright iron spine. Will unwind slowly but surely. (Web-2015) (JM)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Château Potensac 2014 is a blend of 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot that includes 13% pressed wine. It was picked between 25 September and 16 October over a total of 14 days. The nose is well defined and classic in style with graphite and cedar infusing the black berry and briary fruit, the Cabernet Franc lending more complexity as it opens in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with quite noticeable acidity like many in the Médoc, quite lively in the mouth already. There is moderate complexity here and decent length, though it does not evoke a slew of superlatives like Jean-Hubert's finest contributions to the 2014 vintage. (NM)  (4/2015)

90 points Vinous

 The 2014 Potensac is bold, racy and expressive, with plenty of exuberance in its overt, distinctly red-toned fruit. Sweet red cherries, smoke, leather and earthiness are laced together in a supple, forward wine best suited to near-term drinking. The blend is 48% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Caberenet Franc. (AG)  (4/2015)

Jancis Robinson

 Heady but rustic nose. Solid and not too austere. Pretty good job for the vintage! Solid stuff.  (3/2015)

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By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/11/2015 | Send Email
The first line I wrote upon tasting this wine in Bordeaux was - Just beautiful! - Indeed the very lifted and floral aromatics absolutely seduced me. Perhaps due to the higher than usual proportion of Cabernet Franc. Dark berry fruit intermingled with graphite give it a touch of elegance. Medium tannins and high acidity tell us this one will age beautifully and increase its complexity.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


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