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Potensac 2021

Subregion France > Bordeaux > Left Bank > Médoc
Grape VarietyMerlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc

Produced by the Léoville Lascases team in the Northern Médoc near to Sociando Mallet, above St Estèphe, with maturation in 35% new oak. A second wine - La Chapelle de Potensac - is also made here.

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Tasting Notes

A blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot and an unusually high 23% Cabernet France, the 2021 Potensac offers up attractive aromas of cassis, loamy soil, wilted rose petals and pipe tobacco. Medium-bodied, supple and lively, with ripe, powdery tannins and a saline finish, it's a charming, perfumed rendition of this Médoc estate. Tasted three times.

William Kelley, Wine Advocate (260), April 2022

The 2021 Potensac was picked September 29 through October 13 and contains the highest-ever percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon (40%). Aged in 20% new oak, it has a light blackberry and raspberry nose with touches of tobacco. The palate is medium-bodied, though clearly lighter and airier than recent vintages, and displays slight attenuation on the finish. Two bottles tasted, the second at the château showing slightly better. (13.10% alcohol)

Neal Martin, vinous.com, May 2022

Mid ruby colour. Savoury and cool with camphor and hedgerow fruit on the nose. Blackcurrant leaf and mint mingle with tobacco and sandalwood on the palate, which is sandy and film. Wood spice builds on the finish, which is lively with acidity and juicy red berries. Linear and a little strict for now. One for the classisists.

Thomas Parker MW, Farr Vintners, April 2022

Real clarity of fruit with currants, blueberries and crushed stone. Some saltiness. Medium body and fine tannins. Perfumed and peppery, with peppercorn notes.

James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2022

The 2021 Potensac is a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot, with a larger proportion of Cabernet Franc this year. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, it rolls out with up-front scents of cassis, fresh blackberries, and raspberry leaves, plus suggestions of lavender, bay leaves, and black olives. Light to medium-bodied the palate is bright and breezy with a light chewiness to the tannins and a lively backbone, finishing with a red berry lift. pH 3.54. IPT 72.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independent, May 2022

Classically-balanced Podensac, dense ruby in colour, this is not exuberant, full of cool blue fruits, a signature of the good wines of the vintage, careful extraction, gentle overall, this is good quality and can be approached early. Highest level of Cabernet Franc ever, 3.54ph, 37hl/h yield after mildew. Harvest through to October 13th. Tasted twice.

Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com, April 2022

40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot. Cask sample.
Perfumed and floral, the record amount of old-vine (100 years) Cabernet Franc showing. Very fresh but ripe and honed with stony, mineral notes on the finish. Acidity present but not jarring and as always firm but fine tannins for ageing. (JL) 13.1%
Drink 2027 – 2038

James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com, May 2022
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