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Potensac 2011

SubregionLeft Bank
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon

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Tasting Notes

Displaying attractive berry fruit, damp earth and spice notes along with a touch of herbaceousness, this medium-bodied, cleanly made, bistro-styled red can be consumed over the next 4-5 years.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (212), April 2014

A sleeper of the vintage, this blend of 52% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Cabernet Franc exhibits outstanding ripeness (13.5% alcohol) as well as a deep ruby/purple color and excellent notes of crushed rocks, red and black currants, licorice and earth. Supple-textured, medium-bodied and nicely concentrated, it should provide pleasure over the next 7-10 years.

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (200), April 2012

The Potensac is a blend of 52% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon and 14% Cabernet Franc cropped at 48hl/ha. It has a light cedar-driven bouquet where despite the predominance of Merlot, the Cabernet is the defining feature with attractive tertiary/sous-bois scents. The palate is medium-bodied with a stony entry, quite terse and linear, perhaps strict with no frills. Crisp blackberry and briary towards the finish with a sense of clinical abruptness. Tasted April 2012.

Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, April 2012

Well structured, "Englishman's claret". Classic balance and structure from this Northern Medoc property owned by Leoville Lascases. A little fade at the rim, this is slightly too lean, dry and muscular with not enough flesh to cover the bones. Firm tannins make this quite an austere young wine.

Farr Vintners, March 2012

Bramble and cassis feel sweet giving richness on the nose and a nice weight of fruit on the palate. Behind the black fruit there is some strawberry still quite sweet and as the tannins are rounded the fruit sweetness shows at the back.

Derek Smedley MW, April 2012

The comparative bargain in Jean-Hubert Delon's portfolio, this Médoc blend consistently outperforms its appellation. It's Merlot-dominated on the nose and palate, with juicy, lightly peppery aromas and supple fruit framed by serious, but not over-extracted tannins. Long and satisfying. 6+ years.

Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2012

Good cassis fruit, structure and depth, lots of class and good future. Drink 2015-2024

Steven Spurrier, Decanter.com, April 2012
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