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Saturday, 29 March 2014

1975, Chateau Potensac 1975

For reasons that will be fairly obvious, I have tried over the years to find good wines from the '75 vintage.  A gift of the Ducru Beaucaillou '75 from Saint Julien, when I didn't know what it was, proved to be an oxidised mess by the time I did.  A Chateau Moulinet '75 Pomerol purchased at auction was irredeemably corked.  A found '75 Caronne Sainte Gemme remains unopened in magnum, with a certain hesitation on my part to visit it.  I rarely drink magnums.  More recently, I spotted one of my favourite wines, Chateau Potensac with a '75 vintage at auction.  Just one more try ...

The gamble paid off; I tasted the '75 Potensac tonight and its expression proved timeless.  Garnet in colour and fading at the edges, it has aromatics that echo sweet blackcurrant, pencil lead and wood spice.  The palate is finely balanced and elegant, with pencil shavings, hints of blackcurrant and shadows of melted tannins.  The second glass is better still.  A wine that makes ratings seem a little silly.

Rating: n/a, Abv: n/a, Price: n/a, Vendors: http://www.wine-searcher.com/, Website: http://www.domaines-delon.com/en/, Tasted: 2014


  1. Glad you enjoyed it ! I recently indulged in a 75 Pape Clement ( bought from Langtons) . It was stunning. Still fresh, beautifully integrated. The good news is have another 2 bottles. Hope they are as good!

  2. Ok, damn, that's another one I need to try!


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