|Chateau Potensac gehört neben Leoville Las Cases und Nenin seit Generationen der Familie Delon, die auf die Hilfe des allgegenwärtigen Michel Rolland vertraut. Potensac liegt nördlich von St. Estephe, hier sagen sich wirklich Fuchs und Hase gute Nacht. Der Rebsortenspiegel der 84 Hektar auf Chateau Potensac hat sich in der jüngeren Vergangenheit deutlich geändert. Hatte er früher noch einen Cabernet-Sauvignon-Anteil von 60%, so sieht er heutzutage so aus: 46% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Cabernet Franc, 2% Carmenere und 1% Petit Verdot. Der Wein zeigt schöne Struktur, tolle Beerenfrucht und perfekte Harmonie.
90-92 THE WINEADVOCATE: "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."
93 FALSTAFF: "Tiefdunkles Rubingranat, violette Reflexe, zarte Randaufhellung. Nuancen vom reifen Pflaumen, merlotgeprägte Aromatik, schwarze Kirschen, Orangenzesten. Straff, kraftvoll, extraktsüße Textur, mineralisch, reife Tannine, gute Länge, kraftvoller Speisenbegleiter mit gutem Reifepotenzial."
91 DECANTER: "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."
93-94 JAMES SUCKLING: "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."
90-92 ANTONIO GALLONI: "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."
90-92 THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER: "Tobacco, cedar and smoke are paired with ripe, red berries that have a roundness in them this year. The wine is full-bodied and continues with its classic spirit. But with the 2018, you find more generosity than normal. Still, I would wait at least a decade before opening a bottle. The wine was produced from blending 45% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot."
91-93+ JEB DUNNUCK: "The 2018 Château Potensac sports a saturated purple color as well as a Cabernet-dominated nose of blackcurrants, cassis, tobacco, and earth. This beauty is full-bodied and concentrated, with notable freshness balancing terrific ripeness. It’s going to evolve nicely for two decades. The blend is 45% Merlot, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot, still aging in 35% new oak."