Château Potensac is a Cru Bourgeois vineyard located between the villages of Blaignan and Ordonnac in the northern part of the Médoc (the Bas-Médoc). It produces Médoc AOC red wine and has been managed by the Delon family of Château Léoville-las-Cases in St-Julien since the early 1970s, initially by the late Michel Delon (d. 2000). The estate has been in the same family since the 1800s and has always been handed down by women. The current owner, Jean-Hubert Delon, inherited the estate from his paternal grandmother, Georgette Liquard.
Vineyards: Over 60 ha. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and Cabernet Franc on alluvial gravel and red clay.
Terroir: Although close to the Gironde, Potensac is situated on a high point of land in the Ordonnac district in the Bas-Medoc. Because of this position, the site has been populated since ancient times. The name “Medoc” in fact comes from “medio aquae” which means “in the middle of the waters”.
Winemaking: The grapes at Potensac are hand-harvested and then vinified in a combination of temperature-controlled, concrete and stainless steel tanks. The wine is matured in small oak barrels (20% new) for 14-16 months.