The 2018 Potensac has an intense and – for this Haut-Médoc – flamboyant bouquet of black cherries mixed with bilberry jam and meat juices. The palate is fresh on the entry, with a fine line of acidity. Possessing more body and grip than the 2017, this is a confident Potensac, although at the moment it feels a little clipped on the finish. If it fleshes out by the time of bottling, it deserves to be at the top of my banded score. 2022 - 2038
|Score: 89/91||Neal Martin, vinous.com, November 2019|
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.
|Score: 90/92||Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (April 2019), 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.
|Score: 93/94||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, April 2019|
Inky core with purple rim. Such beautifully pure black fruit. Such fine texture and so juicy and lively. Absolutely delicious and fresh with no heaviness and no sense of the alcohol. Low pH because of the terroir, says Pierre Graffeux. They picked the Merlot early and spread out the picking for the Cabernet Sauvignon. Silky finesse and freshness. Lovely wine with a red-fruited brightness and persistence. Drink 2023-2030
|Score: 17||Julia Harding MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2019|
Deep ruby in colour, with a cool nose of fresh blackcurrant, blackcurrant leaf and cedar. The palate is firm and chalky, with a medium body and bright acidity. Cool, compact and savoury, with a long and lightly spicy finish.
|Score: 15||Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, April 2019|
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.
|Score: 91/93+||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, May 2019|
(45 Merlot, 36 Cabernet Sauvignon, 18 Cabernet Franc, 1 Petit Verdot) | 35% new oak | 14.4% alc | 71 IPT | 49 hl/ha Rather ravishing and approachable with serious length and also superb red fruit and balance. The nose is beautiful, harmonious and rich and moreish. It is possible to drink this wine early but I have a suspicion that it will greatly repay those who decide to cellar it.
|Score: 17.5+||Matthew Jukes, MatthewJukes.com, April 2019|