Potensac 2020

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Tasting Notes and Scores

88-90

Wine Advocate

Drink Date
2023 - 2032

Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown

The 2020 Potensac is composed of 44% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Petit Verdot and 22% Cabernet Franc, weighing in with an alcohol of 14.05%, a pH of 3.63 and an IPT (tannins index) of 76. The Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested on the 29th and 30th of September, the Merlot from the 14th to the 26th of September, the Petit Verdot on the 29th of September and the Cabernet Franc on the 28th of September. With a medium to deep garnet-purple color, it offers up eager-to-please notes of fresh Bing cherries, redcurrants and black raspberries, plus hints of dried Provence herbs, dusty soil, wild mushrooms and tobacco leaf. The medium-bodied palate has a good concentration of red and black fruits with a chewy texture and just enough freshness, finishing earthy.

90-92

Neal Martin

The 2020 Potensac was picked September 14–30 and matured in 20% new oak. It has a clean, pure black currant and blueberry nose, a little more opulent than usual, but well defined and demonstrating a bit more fruité, which it has occasionally lacked in some vintages. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity, and quite saline on the entry, with touches of black olive infusing the black fruit. A midweight with a lively, classically fashioned finish, this is a very commendable Potensac that should give 12–15 years of pleasure, but warrants 3–4 years in a cool, damp cellar.

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89-90

Michael Schuster

(44% M, 33% CS, 22% CF, 1% PV; 14% ABV; 20% new)
Fresh and lightly mineral; a very nice moderately rich balance, fresh in acidity, lightly tannic; elegant, restrained, light dry claret; dry-yet-ripe, with a good fruit core, lightly gravelly, moderate scope, and good length; not big, but harmonious, and an excellent mid-rank Left Bank Bordeaux. 2025–35+.

93-94

James Suckling

This is very balanced and round with lovely softness. Plenty of fruity. Medium body. Lots of salinity and savoriness. Long and delicious. Friendly already. 44% merlot, 33% cabernet sauvignon, 22% cabernet franc and 1% petit verdot.

16.5+

Jancis Robinson

44% Merlot, 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. Cask sample.
Bright and lifted on the nose with floral notes (see the percentage of Cabernet Franc) and more finesse than in the past. Definite sense of energy. Lovely texture on attack and plenty of freshness then drive and persistence. Big tannic frame (IPT tannin index nearly the same as Las Cases) but fine-grained and subtle. Ageing potential. Should be GV. (JL)

90-92

Antonio Galloni

The 2020 Potensac is quite delicate and finessed, with bright acids that lend a real sense of energy. Expressive floral accents from the Cabernet Franc (a bit elevated in 2020) add aromatic presence to balance things out. Sweet red berry fruit, mint, sage and rose petals linger on the delineated, precise finish.

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91-93

Jeff Leve

Dark in color, the wine opens with persuasive notes of cedar, creme de cassis, tobacco and forest leaf in the perfume. Full-bodied, ripe, rich and packed with crisp, juicy currants, the wine finishes with a big mouthful of firm, chewy blackberries, currants and a refreshing sprig of mint on the backend. 91-93