Price:  £35.20 | Case Rate: £33.49

Chateau Potensac - Potensac 2012


  • Country: France
  • Wine Region: Bordeaux
  • Wine Area: Medoc
  • Wine Maker: Pierre Rolland
  • Grape Percentage: Merlot 48%, Cabernet Sauvignon 38%, Cabernet Franc 14%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.90
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: 2015-2025
En Primeur
JR: 16 (2010) D: 16.5 (2010) NM: 89 to 90 (2010)

Wine tasting notes

From the Delon family, owners of Leoville Las Cases in Saint Julien and Nénin in Pomerol, this is usually a reliable wine. It has good minerality, deep blackcurrant and cherry fruit, medium body and a nice, spicy, earthy mouthfeel. The finish is quite good, and the wine capable of lasting up to a decade. Robert M. Parker, Jr.

Winery Information

Chateau Potensac

Originally in the ownership of the Liquard family, Ch. Potensac came to the current proprietors with the marriage of Paul Delon to the Liquard's daughter. It is perhaps unsurprising that under the direction of the Delon family, responsibility having passed from Paul Delon and his wife to their son Michel Delon in the 1970s, that Potensac should prosper. The name of Delon is of course much better known for the ownership of more illustrious estates especially L?oville-Las Cases

Expert Reviews (2010)16 pts

Very dark crimson. Rich and scented and very ripe black fruit on the nose. Loose texture – much more so than I would have imagined for this property in 2010 – with tightening tannins only on the very end. Almost painful levels of tannin and acidity on the finish. Bit of a trial to taste at this stage. Were stones macerated in the fermentation vat? A lesson in austerity.

Decanter (2010)16.5 pts

Dense blackcurrant fruit, still backward, but much more class than its Médoc neighbours and a very good future. Drink 2015-25.

Neal Martin (2010)89 to 90 pts

Neal Martin 89-90pts: The Potensac ’10 is a blend of 42% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot including 9.3% vin de presse. It offers 13.6% alcohol with a pH of 3.55. There is just a slight sense of sur-maturité on the nose perhaps from the Merlot, just a hint of prune. Not over the top but it is just there. The palate is full-bodied with succulent grippy tannins...a huge Potensac that is redeemed but very silky finish. Long in the mouth, one of the few 2010’s that actually reminds me of the 2009.

Vinification Notes

Yields are restricted to approximately 35 hl/ha, and once harvested by hand the fruit is fermented at a maximum temperature of 28§C in stainless steels and concrete vats, with 15 to 18 days maceration and constant pumping over. Potensac will see up to 16 months in those aforementioned oak barrels, before an egg white fining and then bottling without filtration