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Chateau Potensac 2005 / 2008


A wonderful Bordeaux Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Located on the left bank of Bordeaux, in Medoc, it is naturally more Cabernet Sauvignon heavy, so a very typical blend for the region. Chateau Potensac is a Cru Bourgeois, and received the Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel status in the 2003 Bordeaux Classification, meaning an exceptional wine at a more affordable price level, but similar quality level as a 5th Growth Bordeaux Grand Cru. This Classification however was entirely removed in 2005. Another generic term for Cru Bourgeois was established in 2010, in which 246 wines are listed. 6 of the 9 Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel of 2003 formed a group named Les Exceptionnels, one of them being our very own Chateau Potensac. We do currently have one other wine belonging to these 6 "Les Exceptionnels" - a 2010 Chateau de Pez, surely a very interesting side - by - side comparison! We last tasted the Chateau Potensac ourselves back in March, after not having had a Cru Bourgeois in a long time, I have to say we were quite impressed by its strength, hence it was classified as a Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnels in 2003. The 2008 Chateau Potensac has a beautiful deep ruby opaque color, showing off its great aging of 13 years. We found lots of earthy notes on the nose, as well as ripe fruits, chocolate and caramel. On the palate it was not quite as heavy as we would have expected it from the color, Chateau Potensac has an elegant medium body, tannins that have mellowed out a lot over these 13 years, creating a lot of balance. I suppose this is were the difference of a higher Grand Cru to lower tier wines come in. A Grand Cru would still be almost too young to drink with 13 years of age, while other wines, such as Cru Bourgeois and practically any other wine in the world has fully developed all of its character by that age. This of course not being a negative thing at all in this tasting. Just like on the nose, we found ripe black and red fruits and berries. A lot of oak flavors, such as leather, smoke, chocolate, caramel and some vanilla. A clean and very pleasant wine to be enjoyed with a nice Steak, Lamb or GoulashDRAFTJS_BLOCK_KEY:1kbr8



A wonderful Bordeaux Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Located on the left bank of Bordeaux, in Medoc, it is naturally more Cabernet Sauvignon heavy, so a very typical blend for the region. Chateau Potensac is a Cru Bourgeois, and received the Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel status in the 2003 Bordeaux Classification, meaning an exceptional wine at a more affordable price level, but similar quality level as a 5th Growth Bordeaux Grand Cru. This Classification however was entirely removed in 2005. Another generic term for Cru Bourgeois was established in 2010, in which 246 wines are listed. 6 of the 9 Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel of 2003 formed a group named Les Exceptionnels, one of them being our very own Chateau Potensac. We do currently have one other wine belonging to these 6 "Les Exceptionnels" - a 2010 Chateau de Pez, surely a very interesting side - by - side comparison! We last tasted the Chateau Potensac ourselves back in March, after not having had a Cru Bourgeois in a long time, I have to say we were quite impressed by its strength, hence it was classified as a Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnels in 2003.


The 2008 Chateau Potensac has a beautiful deep ruby opaque color, showing off its great aging of 13 years. We found lots of earthy notes on the nose, as well as ripe fruits, chocolate and caramel. On the palate it was not quite as heavy as we would have expected it from the color, Chateau Potensac has an elegant medium body, tannins that have mellowed out a lot over these 13 years, creating a lot of balance. I suppose this is were the difference of a higher Grand Cru to lower tier wines come in. A Grand Cru would still be almost too young to drink with 13 years of age, while other wines, such as Cru Bourgeois and practically any other wine in the world has fully developed all of its character by that age. This of course not being a negative thing at all in this tasting. Just like on the nose, we found ripe black and red fruits and berries. A lot of oak flavors, such as leather, smoke, chocolate, caramel and some vanilla. A clean and very pleasant wine to be enjoyed with a nice Steak, Lamb or Goulash


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