Chateau Potensac 2009
Medium ruby, tight rim. Complete notes from cassis, tobacco, cedar, leather, mineral, and graphite. The palate reflects the nose and gives a silky finish now. Elegant for the class. Moderate ABV for the standard. Good length. Best time to crack a bottle now.
Consistent comments from international tasters: 92RP, 92 Derek Smedley, 92 JS:
The 2009 Potensac has an attractive bouquet with blackberry, melted tar, black tea and graphite scents. Nicely defined, it may be slightly conservative, given the growing season. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and crisp acidity. Classic in style with fine graphite and cedar notes towards the finish, it is enjoyable now and over the next decade. 2021 - 2035. 92NM(for RP). Edited.
Sweet upfront black fruits give some weight to both nose and palate, refreshed by the fresher bilberry and black cherry at the back. The tannins are well-handled and provide support but not aggression. Drink 2016-2040. 92 Derek Smedley MW, April 20. Edited.
Maybe this isn't quite as stunning as the brilliant 2010 Potensac, but it's a ripe and classic Médoc with great cassis fruit, medium body and supple tannins making for a very flexible food wine. Drink or hold. (Horizontal Tasting, London, 2019). 92JS. Edited.