2012 Potensac, Médoc

SKU #1128719 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux tasting. The 2012 Potensac surpassed my expectations from barrel, because as I stated back then, it has developed more flesh to counterbalance those prenatal hard tannins. It has an attractive if unspectacular raspberry, strawberry and tobacco-scented bouquet, quite closed at first, opaque, but opening with several minutes in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple ripe blackberry fruit laced with tobacco and sea salt. I appreciate the finish here. There is satisfying substance, a gentle grip and a classic pencil lead, almost Pauillac-like finish. (NM)  (10/2016)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 One of the showpieces of the Médoc, this structured and firm wine has strong Cabernet flavors that give both dry tannins and juicy black currant fruits. Still youthful, this balanced wine is likely to age well. (RV)  (5/2015)

James Suckling

 A silky and refined Potensac and very well done for the vintage. Medium body, fine tannins and crisp acidity. Lots of citrus and raspberry character.  (2/2015)


 Dark red cherry, plum, spice and menthol are all pushed forward in the 2012 Potensac. Supple, dark and nicely layered in the glass, this supple Médoc is an excellent choice for drinking over the next few years. The 2012 is 48% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Cabernet Franc. This is a successful wine for the year, with a level of quality that really justifies the existence of a second wine. (AG)  (1/2016)

Wine Spectator

 Features dark cherry and red currant fruit, allied to a brambly spine, with anise and savory accents on the finish. Not too dense or taut, exhibiting good energy overall. (JM, Web-2015)

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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/30/2017 | Send Email
This is bold and deep with rich mulberry fruit, hints of savory herb, nice concentration and great balance. Potensac always tastes of Classified Growth quality and the finish here of sweet mineral laced cherries and ripe tannin make this taste like a $50.00 bottle.

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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 M├ędoc 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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