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Chateau les Hauts de Pontet-Canet Pauillac 2006
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This might be something to behold in the future, but for early consumption it doesn't show too much. Sampled over a 7 hour period. It was closed though out. For the first few hours there was virtually no nose, tight, shut down big time. Full bodied with dark cherry fruit and and rich chocolates. High level tannins that dried out my finish. Something to pack away for a decade or two and keep your fingers crossed.
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The 2006 is a wine to stockpile, especially for those in their thirties and forties as it needs another decade to reach maturity, after which it should keep for 30+ years. This vineyard, just south of Mouton Rothschild, has produced an opaque bluish/ purple-colored 2006 with an extraordinarily pure nose of graphite, charcoal, sweet creme de cassis, and a hint of scorched earth. Incredible concentration, stunning richness, and a 60-second finish result in a wine that transcends the vintage as well as this estateandrsquo;s 1855 classification. This enormously endowed, modern day classic is a legend in the making. Anticipated maturity: 2018andndash;2050+.
At this early stage in its development, this wine shows more structure than richness. The tannins are fully developed, dark and dense. The complexity is there, but the fruit and the elegance are still to come andndash;andndash; and that suggests good aging potential.
Saturated medium ruby. Inky cassis, black raspberry, graphite and pungent minerality on the very ripe nose. Dense, rich and silky, with a brooding inky minerality and an almost liqueur-like dark fruit sweetness leavened by a savory peppery element. This very ripe, deep and concentrated wine boasts wonderful lushness without any undue weight thanks to its sheer energy. Like its neighbor Mouton-Rothschild, Pontet-Canetandrsquo;s 2006 conveys a powerful impression of soil character. Finishes with serious dusty tannins and superb lingering sweetness. Should be long-lived.
Deep ruby-red. Spectacular aromas of black raspberry, minerals, lead pencil, coffee and brown spices. Hugely rich and suave, with outstanding inner-mouth perfume allied to great structure and depth of flavor. Voluminous and utterly seamless wine with captivating flavors of currant, graphite, spices and minerals, all lifted by a minty nuance. Finishes with great breadth and extraordinary palate-staining persistence. With time in the glass, the winersquo;s firm acidity became apparent. This is at first growth quality, and should evolve positively in bottle for the next two decades or more.
One canrsquo;t say enough about the extraordinary work proprietor Alfred Tesseron has done since 1994 in taking Pontet-Canet to a remarkable level of quality. Every top vintage has been impressive, and the 2005 rivals the brilliant efforts of 2003, 2000, 1996, and 1995. A black/blue/purple hue precedes a classic Pauillac perfume of creme de cassis, melted licorice, cedar, and spice. Full-bodied with superb concentration, fabulous opulence, and huge tannins and muscle, this is an uncompromisingly made Pauillac boasting sensational concentration, power, and aging potential. Prospective purchasers should keep in mind, it requires at least ten years of cellaring. Anticipated maturity: 2015ndash;2035+.
Blackberry, currant and plum tart aromas lead to a full body, with a solid core of fruit, sweet fruit and silky tannins. Generous and round, with lovely richness for the vintage. Best after 2014.
The work that Alfred Tesseron and his winemaking team have done at this estate since 1994 is remarkable. At this fabulous terroir just south of Mouton-Rothschild, Tesseron has made major investments, and instituted incredibly severe selections in both the vineyard and winery. The result is a succession of extraordinary wines. It is difficult to know whether the 2005 Pontet-Canet will ultimately eclipse the hedonism and density of the flamboyant 2003, but it is unquestionably a stunning effort. Inky/black-colored with a classic Pauillac perfume of licorice, black currant liqueur, graphite, cedar, and spice box, it is full-bodied, with magnificent concentration, formidable tannins, and an Arnold Schwartzenegger-like structure (when he was 25 years younger). This backward, formidably endowed 2005 will require patience. Anticipated maturity: 2017ndash;2040.
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