One of the most consistently impressive estates in the northern Medoc, Potensac's 2006 (made by the same winemaking team that produces the great Leoville Las Cases) reveals a deep ruby hue, notes of sweet cherries, roasted herbs, licorice, and gamy meat, and good fruit, structure, purity, and freshness. It can be drunk now as well as over the next 7-10 years. Good value.
The 2006 Château Potensac has a conservative bouquet, yet one that is nicely detailed with cedar-infused red berry fruit that has a pleasing brightness. The palate is medium-bodied with quite firm tannin, well-judged acidity and yet it would have benefit from more flesh towards the finish, which tapers in slightly.
Pretty dark crimson. Dense, woodsmoke nose then very sweet fruit hits the palate - pretty impressive in the context of other AC Médocs. Slightly supple with reasonable, if slightly inky, fruit intensity. Very competent though not thrilling and not really a vintage you have to have of potensac.
Medium red-ruby. Currant, mocha, tobacco, cedar, menthol and a whiff of smoky game on the expressive nose. Supple and broad, combining good volume for the vintage with rather cool flavors of black cherry, menthol and roasted herbs. This spreads out nicely on the back end, with the substantial but ripe tannins dusting the incisors.
Ripe and easy, the nose has a fleshy mix of bramble and raspberry. Although not that complex it will, with a little time, make an enjoyable mouthful of supple fruit.
A rather muted, pinched nose with faint blackberry and a touch of sea-salt. The palate displays good definition but it seems rather subdued compared to previous vintages. Well-integrated new oak, so signs of any rot with note of ripe blackberry, Morello and a touch of white pepper. Restrained finish that lacks some depth and persistency. Good but not great, which Potensac can be. Tasted April 2007.
Medium red. Currant, tobacco and a rocky minerality on the nose. Supple on entry, then tight in the middle, with modest sweetness but a savory character and good vinosity. Finishes with firm tannic spine. Cellarmaster Bruno Rolland compared this young wine to the 1998.