CHÂTEAU POTENSAC, Ordonnac
Owned by Jean-Hubert Delon (the proprietor of 2nd Growth Léoville Las Cases and Pomerol’s Château Nenin), the vineyards of Potensac are located in the North of the Medoc appellation.
The terroir has the familiar alluvial gravel of the left bank with some red clay, and the vines cover about 53 hectares. During recent decades the vineyard has been slightly dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon which accounts for about 60% of the vines, with approximately 25% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc . But with the purchase of new Merlot vines there is naturally a swing towards this variety.
Yields are restricted to approximately 35 hl/ha, and once harvested by hand the fruit is fermented at a maximum temperature of 28ºC in stainless steels and concrete vats, with 15 to 18 days maceration and constant pumping over. There is a rigorous selection for the grand vin, with about 40-45% of the crop going to the second wine.
Potensac will see up to 16 months in oak barrels previously used for 1 wine at Leoville Las Cases, before an egg white fining and then bottling without filtration.
‘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.’ Wine Advocate