2014 Potensac, Médoc (Pre-Arrival)
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)
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.
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)
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)
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)
Heady but rustic nose. Solid and not too austere. Pretty good job for the vintage! Solid stuff.