2014 Potensac, Médoc

SKU #1291315 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)

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... (NM)  (4/2015)

90 points Vinous

 The 2014 Potensac offers striking intensity to match its bold, inviting personality. Blue and black stone fruit, grilled herbs, licorice and dark spices make a strong first impression. The Delon family makes a number of top-notch wines, and Potensac is arguably the hidden jewel in the range. Drink this exuberant Médoc over the next handful of years. The blend is 40% Merlot, 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. (AG)  (2/2017)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 With low yields after a hail storm, the wine is concentrated and dense. It has a touch of wood aging as well as dark black fruits. The tannins are firm in a wine that will age well over the medium term. (RV)  (4/2017)

Jeb Dunnuck

 A blend of 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot, the 2014 Potensac is more herbal and weedy compared to the 2015, yet offers medium-bodied richness and sweet fruit on the palate. It’s a charming, forward, easy going 2014 to drink over the coming decade.  (11/2017)

Wine Spectator

 This has a core of lightly mulled plum, cherry and red currant fruit, all framed by a slightly taut singed cedar note. A bright streak of iron underscores the finish, leaving a mouthwatering feel. A minerally style that should age well in the short term. (JM)  (3/2017)

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/28/2017 | Send Email
Juicy and brightly red fruited, I have yet to taste a Potensac with such impressive freshness and drive. As it often does, I suspect that this Potensac will age gracefully for a long while.

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/31/2017 | Send Email
Great red fruit like black cherry, red currant and strawberry with some graphite minerality, anise, herbs, and leather. The tannins are silky soft, making this great to drink right now, but it definitely has the acidity to age for several years!

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/30/2017 | Send Email
K&l sells more Potensac than almost any other Bordeaux on a consistent basis and it is easy to see why. This is bright, crunchy and bold with great concentration and a Pauillac-like finish. This is Classified Growth quality at a fraction of the price to decant tonight or cellar for 10 years.

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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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