Château Pontet-Canet is a 5ème cru classé produced in the Pauillac appellation. This red wine comes from vines aged 40 to 45 years on average, planted on a total area of 81 hectares. The vineyard is located on a terroir composed of Quaternary gravel. The wine is aged for 16 months in oak barrels (60% of which are new).
Fresh cherry and plum with some licorice and even some cotton candy on the nose. On the palate, cherries with some chutney-like spice, licorice and some leather. Really unique and a very elegant Pauillac. Very fresh acidity, medium-bodied elegant tannins with a moderate-to-long finish. Drinks beautifully now.
2009: 98pts- James Suckling; 96pts – Wine Spectator; 100pts – Wine Advocate-Parker
Deep garnet colored, the 2009 Pontet-Canet offers fragrances of blackcurrant and blackberries, along with subtle notes of cedar. On the palate, it is concentrated, with a delicious fruitiness and elegant, fleshy tannins. The wine is balanced and offers a perfectly harmonious structure. The finish is incredibly elegant.
Powerful nose, plenty of wood. Light toast aromas with a hint of liquorice. Full bodied wine with lots of red fruit and a long finish. The top of Saint-Estephe.
2011: 95pts- James Suckling; 92pts – Wine Spectator; 93pts – Wine Advocate-Parker
Energetic with a beautiful structure. On the palate, the wine is balanced, radiant and silky, and it exudes a splendid harmony among the fruit, tannins and acidity.
2012: 93pts- James Suckling; 92pts – Wine Spectator; 93pts – Wine Advocate-Parker
The 2012 triumphs once again with its notes of dark plum, blackcurrant, licorice and almost a hint of truffle, its full-bodied, supple tannins, and beautiful, expensive mouthfeel. Complex and deep, this dense ruby/purple-colored wine may not be at the level of the 2009 or 2010, but it is a successful wine in this vintage, and a significant wine in 2012. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2035.
2013: 93pts- James Suckling; 92pts – Wine Spectator; 92pts – Wine Advocate-Parker
Dense purple color, and classic creme de cassis, licorice and mocha and espresso roast notes that is displayed by 2013 Pontet-Canet. The wine is medium-bodied, possesses excellent purity, equilibrium and sweet, but noticeable tannin. Give it 2-3 years of bottle age and drink it over the following 15 or so years.
History of Chateau Pontet-Canet
Château Pontet-Canet is a wine estate located in the Pauillac region and ranked as a fifth growth in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification. Château Pontet-Canet was founded by Jean-Francois de Pontet, royal governor of the Médoc, who combined several Pauillac vineyard plots in the 1720s. His descendants added neighboring parcels in Canet. The wine was not château-bottled until 1972. It has since been owned by the Tesseron family of Cognac fame since 1975, and under the family’s control quality has risen greatly, along with auction prices and popularity. Pontet-Canet is Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant, and is full bodied with a classic tannic structure, providing the potential for long-term cellaring. The second wine of the estate is Hauts de Pontet Canet.