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Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou le Petit Caillou 2009

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This is not an in stock item but a brokered wine that will be delivered in 6-8 weeks. Call us with any questions though and we will answer them for you. 914-834-2134. This product is only sold by the case. 12x750ml

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Château Pontet-canet:
After a difficult viticulture season in 2007, we had hoped for a little more peace. Unfortunately, life choose otherwise. While the first grapes were emerging in the vineyard, Gérard Tesseron was taken from us brutally, leaving as he had lived: with discretion and humility. His passing put the year’s difficult climate into some perspective compared to life’s tragedies. By then, our success ... Read more
After a difficult viticulture season in 2007, we had hoped for a little more peace. Unfortunately, life choose otherwise. While the first grapes were emerging in the vineyard, Gérard Tesseron was taken from us brutally, leaving as he had lived: with discretion and humility. His passing put the year’s difficult climate into some perspective compared to life’s tragedies. By then, our success in containing the pressure of unparalleled illness had become quite trivial. The vinestock carries within it the memory of the successive generations that have shaped it at some point in its life. It is, however, facing the times ahead, by bearing future crops and forces us to serve it with the same state of mind. We have therefore pampered the young grapes with just as much devotion, but with a heavier heart than usual. Life has given us a few subtle ways of helping plants to withstand delicate periods more easily. That was especially useful this year, in which we had four months of rain and a shortage of sunlight over the course of the summer. We have made gains in terms of precision in our commitment to natural viticulture, in which the vinestock is gently and harmoniously supported throughout its development. Without the traumas of 2007, which improved our knowledge, we would certainly not have been able to navigate our way through the 2008 viticulture season quite as successfully. More anecdotally, and for the first time in over 40 years, we heard the sound of horses’ hooves in the courtyard once again. This is still just an experiment aimed at doing all vine work using horses, in order to avoid compacting the soil. A major change is taking shape. But nothing is simple in adapting the use of horses to modern demands without drifting back to outdated practices. A review will be conducted after two seasons. Nonetheless, the horses did not take us away from the vineyard which needed the attention of all concerned in order to deal with the changeable weather. Thankfully, September was much more lenient. The grape-pickers, who arrived in the last week of the month, were able to remove the leaves from all of the vines in the vineyard so that the grapes could enjoy the slightest ray from the gentle autumn sun. That allowed us to wait until the very beginning of October to start harvesting the Merlot grapes; the yield was particularly low after a blossoming that happened in cold, damp conditions. Then it was time once again to wait for the Cabernets, with another break for several days. Finally, on the 8th of October, we began the harvest for the Cabernet-Franc, then the Cabernet Sauvignon the following day. The Petit-Verdot harvest began on the 15th. The last bunches of grapes were cut down on the 16th under still-sunny skies. Despite the unpredictable weathers menaces, these were certainly the most peaceful harvests we had had for a long time. The sorting tables, worked by meticulous yet relaxed staff, again showed their priority in respecting the fruit itself before the grapes fall into the vats by gravity. The vinifications were both straightforward with relatively easy fermentations and highly complex as the extractions had to be continually adapted depending on the tastings conducted several times a day. It is still too soon to guess the qualitative level of the wines and attempt to find the slightest resemblance with any of their predecessors. It will be itself first and foremost, and that is the main thing. But it will also carry with it all the love that we feel for this magnificent domaine. Everything is telling us to calmly wait for next spring’s tastings. We will be happy to welcome you from the 1st of April to taste the Château Pontet-Canet 2008. Read less

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Snooth User: Terence Pang
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4.00 5
10/13/2012

The first bottle of my 2009 en primeur orders that I’m busting open. And I think the second wine of Pontet Canet can’t be a bad place to start. Given the lack of age and probable inaccessible tannins, I popped the cork and stood this for 10 hours before pouring. Intense inky ruby color. A dense youthful aromatic coil of sweet blackcurrant, slightly smoky mulberry, pencil lead and freshly chopped green herbs. This dry, full-bodied wine has a smooth velvet texture, high acidity and young fine powdery tannins. The fruit is evenly loaded, blackcurrant and anise prevail on the long finish, with a hint of saltish birch at the end. 14% alc. A good representative wine for the Pauillac, can’t wait to drink Pontet-Canet itself! Drink now – 2030.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
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5.00 5
06/30/2012

95 pts. -Wine Spectator Grand Tour 5/5/12


Snooth User: mistersplice
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3.50 5
05/20/2012

look = 7/10, smell = 14/20, taste = 12/20; total = 33/50


External Reviews for Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou le Petit Caillou

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

An amazing wine in every sense, this classic, full-bodied Pauillac is the quintessential Pontet Canet from proprietor Alfred Tesseron, who continues to reduce yields and farms his vineyards biodynamically andmdash; a rarity in Bordeaux. Black as a moonless night, the 2009 Pontet Canet offers up notes of incense, graphite, smoke, licorice, creme de cassis and blackberries. A wine of irrefutable purity, laser-like precision, colossal weight and richness, and sensational freshness, this is a tour de force in winemaking that is capable of lasting 50 or more years. The tannins are elevated, but they are sweet and beautifully integrated as are the acidity, wood and alcohol (which must be in excess of 14%). This vineyard, which is situated on the high plateau of Pauillac adjacent to Mouton Rothschild, appears to have done everything perfectly in 2009. This cuvee should shut down in the cellar and re-open in a decade or more. Anticipated maturity: 2025andndash;2075.


External Review
03/22/2012

\ This has an impressive powerful and hearty structure, with seductive floral, currant and licorice aromas and flavors, showing powerful tannins at the end. This sneaks up on you at the end. Structured and very, very powerful. The blockbuster tannins are sweet and fruit-coated. This is a classic, powerful style of Ducru. May be best yet. Wow.\


External Review
12/15/2011

"\ This has an impressive powerful and hearty structure


External Review
12/15/2011

showing powerful tannins at the end. This sneaks up on you at the end. Structured and very


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

The 2009 Ducru Beaucaillou will eclipse the brilliant wines produced in 2005, 2003 and 2000. It will be interesting to see how the 2009 fares against the 2010 after twenty years of aging, but my money is on the 2009. A blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot that achieved 13.5% natural alcohol, this inky purple, unctuous wine possesses classic aromas of graphite, creme de cassis, blueberries, violets, licorice and Christmas fruitcake. Full-bodied and intense with Ducruandrsquo;s inimitable elegance and purity, it should firm up in the bottle after 7andndash;10 years of cellaring and last for 40andndash;50 years. Magnificent!


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
10/07/2012

[Barrel tasting] This has an impressive powerful and hearty structure, with seductive floral, currant and licorice aromas and flavors, showing powerful tannins at the end. This sneaks up on you at the end. Structured and very, very powerful. The blockbuster tannins are sweet and fruit-coated. This is a classic, powerful style of Ducru. May be best yet. Wow.


External Review
12/15/2011

with seductive floral


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