Robert Parker 90
Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux tasting. The 2012 Potensac surpassed my expectations from barrel, because as I stated back then, it has developed more flesh to counterbalance those prenatal hard tannins. It has an attractive if unspectacular raspberry, strawberry and tobacco-scented bouquet, quite closed at first, opaque, but opening with several minutes in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple ripe blackberry fruit laced with tobacco and sea salt. I appreciate the finish here. There is satisfying substance, a gentle grip and a classic pencil lead, almost Pauillac-like finish. Enjoy this upstanding Médoc from Jean-Hubert Delon over the next 10-12 years. Tasted January 2016.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2032
Tasted blind. Round and supple without an enormous amount of flavour but with great texture and appeal. Satiny and the fruit almost covers the dry tannins.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2027
Dark red cherry, plum, spice and menthol are all pushed forward in the 2012 Potensac. Supple, dark and nicely layered in the glass, this supple Médoc is an excellent choice for drinking over the next few years. The 2012 is 48% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Cabernet Franc. This is a successful wine for the year, with a level of quality that really justifies the existence of a second wine. Drink it over the next handful of years.
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2022