2018 Château Potensac, Cru Bourgeois Médoc

Always a favourite, the 2018 Potensac is no different. This is very saline and fine, with lovely texture and finesse. Very good tannins, plenty of crunchy dark fruit and herbs, sea spray, very impressive drive and nice length. Very impressive.

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  • Region & country
    Cru Bourgeois, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
  • Grape
    45% Merlot
    36% Cabernet Sauvignon
    18% Cabernet Franc
    1% Petit Verdot
  • Maturity
    Young 2023 - 2040
  • Colour
  • Sweetness
  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • ABV
2018 Château Potensac, Cru Bourgeois Médoc


The 2018 Potensac is blended of 45% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, all harvested between September 21 and October 13, with yields of 49 hectoliters per hectare. The wine has 14.42% alcohol and is to be aged in barriques, 35% new; the finished blend was put into barrels last December. Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, it rolls effortlessly out of the glass with bright, fresh red and black plums, crushed blackcurrants and bay leaves with hints of cracked pepper and damp soil. Full-bodied, rich and laden with red and black fruit layers, it has a plush frame of rounded tannins and fantastic freshness, finishing long.

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019)

2018 was the warmest season of the last 10 years at Potensac, with just under half the usual rainfall over the summer. The property has produced a great bottle: bright and cheery with vibrant fruit, it's highly enjoyable and approachable. You rarely find such impressive mid-palate focus in the Médoc, and that alone makes this a year worth exploring for the wines at this price level.

Jane Anson, Decanter (April 2019)

The excellence of this lies in the quality of the tannins, which are so polished and refined. Compact and tight. Medium-bodied. Very, very long. Beauty already.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (April 2019)

The 2018 Potensac is bold, dense and powerful. Grilled herb, smoke, leather, cedar and tobacco give the inky blue/purplish fruit a decidedly savory character. Although a bit rough around the edges, the 2018 has plenty of nuance as well as personality. It will be interesting to see if the 2018 develops a bit more finesse in élevage. The blend is 45% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. Tasted two times.

Antonio Galloni, vinous.com (April 2019)

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