Wine Review: 2010 Chateau de Potiron

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MARVELLOUS wine from Bordeaux in France that is not well known to “Label Drinkers”. It is Chateau de Potiron with vineyards on the banks of the Garonne River in Bordeaux. Their wines are madein the traditional Bordelaise style. Frankly, I do not like “Label Drinkers” of which there are many…You know who I mean…those who look for the number of points given by a so-called wine expert who has had his objectivity and integrity called into question, and those who look for expensive famous labels to show off,  especially in China where there are more fake Chateau Lafite 1982 than were ever produced! To be brutally candid which is not my usual style, these “Label Drinkers” know very little about wine. The “nouveau riche” may have $$$$ but little wine knowledge and even less appreciation of wine.

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The Travelling Gourmet TM as an International Wine Judge in the Concorso Enologico Internazionale 2015

Recently I tasted 2010 Chateau de Potiron AOC Bordeaux Cuvee Excellence at a temperature of 17C using the standard ISO wine tasting glass used in Wine Competitions. My trust WMF Korkenzieher opened the bottle. I am an international Wine Judge as well as being The Travelling Gourmet TM.




Tasting Notes:

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2010 Chateau de Potiron 

Cuvee Excellence

Merlot 60%, Cabernet Sauvignon 25%, Cabernet Franc 15%

14% Alcohol by Volume

A brilliant and clean disc. A youthful colour of crimson claret with violet tints. I observed a clear and nice crystalline aspect with lovely sexy “legs” that are slow to form…

The 1st nose is of lifted mixed spice with red fruits and Frutti di Bosco (forest berries).

The 2nd nose shows cloves and some hints of cinnamon with intriguing notes of tobacco.

On the 3rd nose there are appetising ‘Grison de viande’ aromas of baked ham, with more fragrant cloves and ripe Morello cherries appearing! Lovely! With time…as the wine warmed up…flavours of ripe brandied plums emerged shyly. Cassis flavours made an entrance too!  If it were a woman, this wine would be Sophie Milman…mature yet youthful, with an inner beauty that is simultaneously distinctive and alluring.

The wine is balanced and the subtle attack and the ripe, fine and unaggressive tannins please and titillate the palate. The finish is very long and persistent and lingers…like the passionate kiss of a beautiful woman. Full bodied and fleshy, this wine goes well with Macadamia and Lotus Seed Mooncake and Peking Duck, and of course, the classic Confit de Canard! I am not awarding any points, Ha! Ha! I will say though that this is a very nice wine that is good on its own or with some good food! Asinine “Label Drinkers” and poseurs…eat your heart out!

Zum Wohl!

Tuesday 27 October, 2015

I was very happy to receive this really nice email from Joergen Schmidt, who is the owner of Chateau de Potiron in Bordeaux, France.

What can I say? As Inspector Harry Callahan played by Clint Eastwood said in his movie, “Make my day…” Well. it really  made my day! Thank you very much Joergen! 🙂


Liebe, liebe Dr. Michael Lim,


Vielen, vielen dank.   Ich bin ganz ‘overwhelmed’.     I am sorry, but my English is better than my German language.   Your article is simply some of the best words, I have been reading about wine all my life.   Your portrait of the label-drinkers, your description of my wine, your comparing of Potiron with the lady’s kiss.   I simply love it…….     Thank you very much.

Joergen Schmidt

Chateau de Potiron 

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As a renowned Travel, Food & Wine Writer he has travelled the world in a keen & indomitable pursuit of exotic delicacies & fine wines. His articles have been published in over 20 prestigious publications, both local & international. Dr. Lim has toured and trained in Wine Evaluation & Oenology in most of the world's top wine producing areas from France to Australia. The Travelling Gourmet says, "Gastronomy has no frontier. These are the gastronomic voyages of The Travelling Gourmet. My unending mission. To explore strange new cuisines, to seek out new wines and new culinary experiences, to boldly go where no gourmet has gone before...." Have pen, will travel. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any other information storage & retrieval system, without permission from Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet and/or MSN. Material may be works of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents may be true but may also be products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance whatsoever to actual person or persons, either dead or living, events, or locales may be entirely and purely coincidental and unintentional. No part of this website may be used to villify others or for criminal purposes. Interests: Travel, Food, Wines, Cooking, Wine Appreciation, Parachuting, Languages, Music, Reading, Swimming, Hunting, Ballet, Fencing, Archery, Anthropology and more... The Travelling Gourmet is a copyrighted trademark. All rights and photos reserved. No part may be reproduced without permission.
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