2015 Potensac, Médoc (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1253293 90-93 points Wine Spectator

 An austere style, offering a frame of warm stone around the core of currant and bitter cherry flavors, with tangy minerality through the finish. Perhaps not as broad as some of its peers, but with good cut, drive and focus. (JM, Web-2016)

90-92 points Wine Enthusiast

 There is some sense of structure here, although the dominant character is a vivid fruitiness. This wine has crisp, black currant acidity and a fascinating burst of orange brightness. Consider short-term aging. (RV)  (4/2016)

90-91 points James Suckling

 Lots of mineral and stone aromas and flavors with blackberry and blueberry aromas. Full and very fine texture. Well made for the vintage considering the moisture in Northern Médoc.  (4/2016)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Potensac is a blend of 45% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Cabernet Franc that was cropped at 50 hl/ha, and raised in one-third new oak. There is a sense of airiness on the nose: small dark cherries, crème de cassis and crushed strawberry, pretty and nicely focused. The palate is medium-bodied with edgy tannin, fresh and citrus in style, just a touch of reduction towards the finish, but they will blow off by the time it is in bottle. I would have just preferred more persistence on the finish, but otherwise this is a decent Potensac. (NM)  (4/2016)

88-90 points Vinous

 The 2015 Potensac is gorgeous. Dark red cherry, plum, spice, new leather and licorice abound in this racy, voluptuous Médoc from the Delon family. Dark red cherry, mocha, plum, spice and sweet floral notes grace the racy, silky finish. The 2015 is a lovely Potensac. The blend is 45% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon and 17% Cabernet Franc. (AG)  (4/2016)

Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2015 Potensac comes from vines near the northern edge of Saint-Estèphe and is 45% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 17% Cabernet Franc. It’s a rock-solid, medium-bodied, classic Potensac offering notes of black cherries, underbrush, violets and even a hint of peppery herbs. With medium-bodied richness, juicy acidity and fine, nicely integrated tannin, it’s a classic 2015 to drink over the coming 10-15 years.  (11/2017)

Jancis Robinson

 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Franc (old vines). One-third new oak. Savoury and polished. Lots of personality...  (4/2016)

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Powerful and rich wine. Definitely one for the cellar.
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