Drank in London You really cannot go to far wrong with the '09 vintage. This chateau is on top form at the moment and with the excellent vintage it makes a lovely wine. Rich primary and open. Lovely stuff.
The wine is clear and bright with a deep ruby colour and presence of dense legs. The nose is clean and developing, showing medium+ intensity aromas of black currants, ripe dark plums, black olives, truffles, cedar and hints of cinnamon and liquorice. The wine is dry in the mouth with a medium acidity. It has high fine grained tannins and high alcohol. It has a full body and medium+ intensity flavours of black currants, ripe dark plums, black olives, cedar and hints of liquorice and cinnamon. Long slightly bitter finish.
It is a very good quality wine because it shows a decent complexity and it has a very good structure and lingering finish. However it could be even more complex. Can drink now, but it has enough tannic structure and fruit concentration to develop more complex tertiary aromas in the next 10+ years.
I agree with the gist of most of these notes below. Double decanted and slowly savored over 1.5 hrs it opened up reasonably given its youth. Your mileage will vary on this at the moment. I got a pleasant deep aroma of dried apricots a little cinnamon and fragrant herbs. Like some I thought I got some smoke at first but it sweetened over time and I decided it was cinnamon and herbs. The mouthfeel is generous with medium tannins that coat the mouth and end with sharpness, reasonably taciturn overall but completely expected that for 09 at this stage. Good purity and balance that hints to some elegance when the acids resolve.
I rate it on how it 88 on how it drinks now, but I think it should rise to 90 or even 91 with some luck by 2019-2024. I notice the price is dropping on this one so if you catch it under $30 scoop it up lock it away and forget about it I don't think you will be sorry.
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(Chateau Potensac Médoc) Merlot 48%, Cabernet Sauvignon 38%, Cabernet Franc 14%. Brighter fruit here than with Chapelle, tightly defined cherries, and it has some appeal. On the palate lots of soft texture. Underneath this some soft grippy tannin, good vigour too though, and brighter acidity than anticipated. There is a sense of definition here which is better than I expected in view of the Merlot content, although I would not say it is a great Potensac. And there is a seam of overt alcohol on the nose too.
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