Tuesday, 31 March 2020

40 Years Of Château Potensac / 1975 - 2015


Nineteen bottles of Château Potensac tasted last Saturday. A very fine tasting. Potensac have been managed by the Delon family (Leoville Las Cases) since the middle of the seventies. The wines are classic Medoc´s with a fine structure for aging. And the represent a really fine value, most of the vintages, except for the 70 and 80´s were bought for ca 30 Euro/bottle.

Flight I
1975 Château Potensac
A fine, soft, earthy nose with notes of dried rowanberries, tobacco and autumn leaves. A fine, round maturity.
The taste is mature and earthy with notes of dried black currants, tobacco and old leather. A long, velvety finish. Not at all dry as so many 75´s can be. Very, very good.
90p   (tasted 2020/03)


1978 Château Potensac
A big, open, barnyardy nose with notes of cooked black currants, leather and sweet tobacco. Very fine. A lovely maturity.
The taste is warm and mature with a fine dried up sweetness and notes of scorched earth, dried black currants and pipe tobacco. Long and lingering. Lovely.
92p   (tasted 2020/03)

1982 Château Potensac
%#"!&)%¤!! Corked!
Not rated   (tasted 2020/03)

1986 Château Potensac
The 86 Potensac offers up a cool, refined nose with notes of sun warm rocks, black currants, violets and a ash tray. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and sandy with notes of dried up black currant jam, earth and leather. Long and dry. mature but could go for 6+ years.
90p   (tasted 2020/03)


Flight II
1989 Château Potensac
A deep, light meaty nose with notes of ripe black currants, cherries, leather and undergrowth. A very fine maturity.
The taste is concentrated and very fine with notes of smoke, black currants, leather and violets. A very fine structure. Mature but in no hurry to drink up.
92p   (tasted 2020/03)


1990 Château Potensac
A deep, complex nose with notes of dark flowers, ripe black currants, chocolate and autumn leaves. High and pure. Very, very fine.
The taste is taut and not fully mature yet, with fine notes of leather, iron, black currants and dark chocolate. Very long. 5+ years.
93p   (tasted 2020/03)

1995 Château Potensac
A tight, earthy nose with notes of asphalt, cranberries, damsons and dried blood. Intense. Stern and fine.
The taste is dry and steady with notes of gravel, dry licorice, asphalt and tobacco. A dry finish. A tad foursquare. Drink sooner than later.
87p   (tasted 2020/03)


1996 Château Potensac
A deep, iron filled nose with notes of ripe black currants, rust, moist undergrowth and fresh stables. Very fine. Somewhat mature but still on the young side of things.
The taste is concentrated and focused with notes of blut juice, red and black currants, asphalt and dried flowers. Very, very long. 4+ years.
92p   (tasted 2020/03)

Flight III
1998 Château Potensac
An outgoing, fine nose with notes of smoky black currants, fir wood and sweet tobacco. Very, very good.
The taste is tight and fine with notes of Finnish licorice, asphalt, tobacco and undergrowth. Very nice for drinking now and the coming 10 years.
90p   (tasted 2020/03)


1999 Château Potensac
A finely tuned nose with notes of expensive tobacco, gravel, iron and damsons. Very deep. A low keyed intensity. Lovely.
The taste is earthy and tight with notes of leather, autumn leaves, tobacco and dried black currants. Silky tannins. Long. Very fine. 6+ years.
92p   (tasted 2020/03)

2000 Château Potensac
A large scaled nose with notes of dark chocolate, black currant jam, raspberries and scorched earth. Big and burly and very good.
The taste is more restrained than the nose with notes of cooked black currants, damsons, sweet tobacco and earth. Long and dry. A fine warmth. Drink now.
89p   (tasted 2020/03)

2001 Château Potensac
For me, the best wine in the line up. The nose is cool and refined with notes of perfectly ripe black currants, sark perfume, an autumn forest and some smoky elements. Very fine. A hint of maturity.
The taste is racy and tight with notes of graphite, ripe black currants, fine tobacco and sun warm rocks. Very long and distinct. 5+ years.
93p   (tasted 2020/03)


Flight IV
2003 Château Potensac
A big, broad and complex nose with notes of sweet black currants, equally sweet blueberries, balsa wood, sugared coffee and violets. The ripest of all vintages, but keeps everything in place.
The taste is broadshouldered and intense with notes of blueberry licorice, dried up black currant jam, asphalt and violets. Very long. Very, very good. 5+ years.
91p   (tasted 2020/03)


2005 Château Potensac
A restrained, concentrated nose with smoky black currants, sandelwood, roasted coffee and black tea. Very, very fine. Graceful. Still young.
The taste is tight and balanced with notes of iron, ripe black currants, bakelite and fir wood. A very fine structure. Ripe, silky tannins. Really fine. 8+ years.
93p   (tasted 2020/03)

2008 Château Potensac
A deep, fine nose with notes of earth, ripening black currants, forest floor and smoke. Some mature notes. Very, very good.
The taste is medium bodied and sandy with notes of dry blueberries, undergrowth, leather and iron. For drinking now and the coming 6+ years.
88p   (tasted 2020/03)


Flight V
2009 Château Potensac
A deep, compact, herbal nose with notes of sugared coffee, ripe black currants, forest floor and violets. Very handsome.
The taste is young, tight and concentrated with notes of sweet tobacco, dried up black currant jam, warm tiles and earth. Very long and promising. 8+ years.
93p   (tasted 2020/03)


2010 Château Potensac
A elegant, racy nose with notes of red beets, damsons, violets and sun warm rocks. A fine depth. Very, very good.
The taste is velvety and fine with notes of dried figs, red currants, smoke and asphalt. A very fine dryness in the finish. Long. 6+ years.
92p   (tasted 2020/03)

2013 Château Potensac
A ripe, open nose with notes of cooked black currants, scorched earth, smoke and fir wood. Sweet fruit. Big and juicy.
The taste is broadshouldered and concentrated with ripe black currants, dark chocolate, bonfire smoke and fried herbs. A long finish that ends dry. Drink now or wait 10+ years.
89p   (tasted 2020/03)


2015 Château Potensac
A deep, complex nose with notes of violets, black currant leaves, forest floor and expensive tobacco. racy and very fine.
The taste is young and steady with notes of iron, black currants, asphalt and leather. Very, very fine. Long and distinct. This will turn out great with 10+ years in the cellar.
92p   (tasted 2020/03)


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