Potensac 2009

RegionBordeaux
SubregionLeft Bank
ColourRed
TypeStill


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Tasting Notes

This fairly priced Medoc from Jean-Hubert Delon (the proprietor of Leoville-Las-Cases) has hit almost 14% natural alcohol and looks to be the best wine made at this estate since 1982, which drank well for 15 years and cost about $4.00 a bottle in that era. Crisp, mineral notes intermixed with mulberry, black cherry and black currant fruit jump from the glass of this classic Bordeaux, which is both powerful and elegant. There is considerable substance to the wine, with its attractive texture and overall sense of precision and elegance. This is a sleeper of the vintage not to be missed. Anticipated maturity: now-2022.

Score: 89Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (199), March 2012

A sleeper of the vintage, the 2009 is probably the finest Potensac ever made, eclipsing even the stunning 1982. This blend, dominated by both Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, hit 13.9% alcohol, but the pH is a normal 3.58. Dense, rich, and full-bodied with lots of freshness, the wine reveals abundant red and black currant fruit, a distinctive minerality, and a plush, full-bodied mouthfeel. It should drink well for 10-15+ years. (Tasted once.) Drink 2010-2025.

Robert Parker added an asterisk to this wine score to signify that it is a wine he considers has the finest potential of all the offerings he has ever tasted from this estate in nearly 32 years of barrel tasting samples in Bordeaux.

Score: 89/91Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (188), April 2010

A blend of 48% Merlot, 38% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Cabernet Franc with 7.3% vin de presse, delivering 13.9% alcohol, this has a ripe blackberry nose with raspberry, kirsch, a touch of cassis and cedar, all cloaked in warm alcohol. The palate is full-bodied with ripe, slightly chewy tannins, very good weight, certainly more complexity that recent vintages, well defined towards the finish and coping with that alcohol adeptly. This is a better Potensac than in recent years but still a little "conservative" in style. Tasted March 2010.

Score: 90/92Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2010

Intense aromas of currant and blackberry, with hints of licorice, follow through to a full body, with a balance of tannins and a spearmint and mineral aftertaste

Score: 87/90James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2010

Very deep crimson. Minerals and great ripeness. But very much restrained by a corset of structure. Great lift and pzazz. Not at all a country wine, not too chewy. But very serious. This has a really long term future. Date tasted 31st March 2010. Drink 2018-2030.

Score: 17Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2010

Well structured, Englishman's claret. Classic balance and bright acidity from this Northern Medoc property owned by Leoville Lascases. A real food wine and a fine Potensac, focussed and balanced.

Score: 15Farr Vintners, April 2010

Sweet upfront black fruits give some weight to both nose and palate refreshed by the fresher bilberry and black cherry that appear at the back. The tannins are well handled give support but not aggression. Drink 2016-2040.

Score: 88/92Derek Smedley MW, April 2010

Dense red, fine floral concentration, very good Médoc with depth, length and class. Drink 2014-18.

Score: 16+Steven Spurrier, Decanter.com, April 2010

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