In a nutshell: Quite simply a soft, easy drinking and very pleasurable left bank claret
The lowdown: For claret fans, this is like a pair of comfy slippers; silky smooth in texture it's got stacks of ripe black fruit, a touch of tobacco and leather from the fine-grained tannins and understated herbal notes on the crisp finish. It's the second wine of Château Potensac in which merlot plays the leading role ably supported by cabernet sauvignon and a bit of cabernet franc. A lot going on here for a modest outlay.
Château Potensac, which sits in the northern Médoc, dates back to the mid 1800s. These days it's owned by Jean-Hubert Delon, who inherited the estate from his grandmother, and is part of a stable of châteaux, including the well regarded Leoville Las Cases in St Julien and Nenin in Pomerol.
When to drink: Snap this up, drink and indulge in its attractiveness right now. Food pairing? Roast lamb, naturally.