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2017 Chapelle de Potensac, Médoc – Drinking Beautifully & Cheap As Chips!

Chapelle de Potensac is the 2nd wine of the superb Cru Bourgeois classified property Château Potensac, one of the best value wines in the Médoc.

Since the estate was bought by the owners of ‘Super Second’ Château Leoville Las Cases (2nd Cru Bordeaux Chateaux producing wine of 1st Cru quality are known as Super Seconds), the quality of the wines being made here has got even better. Chapelle de Potensac is made from younger vines situated either side of the Grand Vin vineyards that sit just north of St. Estephe in the Médoc region of Bordeaux. The blend here is 71% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and this slightly higher percentage of Merlot, along with just 2% new oak used in ageing, make the wine more forward and approachable. I am finding the 2017 Bordeaux reds quite irresistible at the moment and this wine is no exception. The fruit is fresh but nicely mature, the tannins are soft and the wine has a lovely elegance not too dissimilar to its parent wine. It hasn’t quite got the structure and complexity of the 2017 Château Potensac, but what do you expect for £13 per bottle cheaper? You’ll be hard pressed to find a better bottle of Claret at this price.

Checking around the market, the cheapest I could find 2017 Chapelle de Potensac was priced at £143 per 6, but you can snap up a box of it here for £107.70 per 6a saving of over £35 per case – a Bordeaux Bargain if there ever was one.

2017 Chapelle de Potensac, 2nd wine of Château Potensac, Medoc @ £107.70 per case (6) – Limited availability

“I tasted this amongst a bunch of Clarets from other (more prestigious) vintages and this really shone. Whereas the 2016s were tannic and tight, this was mellow and enchanting. There’s an elegantly perfumed nose of strawberry, raspberry and plum. You also pick up a bit of peppery spice and the oak is very subtle. Very mellow and silky on the palate with those ripe, red fruits really showing through. This is a Bordeaux for those looking for a bit of gentle finesse and elegance – a powerhouse it ain’t.” Songbird Wines

As the festive season approaches this may not be your ‘Christmas Dinner Wine’, but when you’re looking for something classy whilst you put your feet up watching a Bond film, this will do very nicely. It will be available from next week. Free delivery to all CT postcodes for orders of 6 bottles or more. It’s the same for Faversham and select SE postcodes. All other areas carry a £8.75 delivery charge for orders under £150.

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