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Château Pontet-Canet Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac 2011
"The Grand Vin is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot that is being aged in 95% new oak. It has a broody, introspective bouquet compared to the 2009 and 2010 as one would expect, although it is well defined with fine minerality, a seam of dried herbs, a touch of rosemary and thyme underneath a patina of black fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with a fresh, citric entry. There is a slight hardness to the tannins although that will soften in time, although it is still struck through with a tensile streak. The finish has a firm tannic backbone, hints of soy and a saline touch towards the finish. This is an intriguing Ducru that should repay extended cellaring. Tasted April 2012...92-94" NM 5/12 "This shows excellent aromas of crushed berries, minerals and roses. Full body with silky, balanced tannins. Fruity and reserved. Shows wonderful finesse for the Médoc in 2011...93" JS 02/14 "One of the vintage’s stars, the 2011 Ducru Beaucaillou is a riveting blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. It boasts an inky/blue/purple color as well as an extraordinary nose of creme de cassis, licorice, subtle wood smoke and spring flowers, a surprising, full-bodied mouthfeel, and stunning intensity, purity, symmetry and length. Production at this estate used to be 12,000-15,000 cases, but after instituting a strict selection in addition to the smallest yields ever at this vineyard, it is down to 9,000 cases. The 2011 has considerable tannin, but it is soft and well-integrated. It should drink well for 20+ years. Readers should also be aware of just how sensational the second wine can be....93-95" WA 04/12 "This is rather well-endowed for the vintage, with thickly layered ganache, currant paste, fig sauce and blackberry confiture notes still grappling with one another, while briary grip and dark spice fill out the toast-fueled finish. Very long, showing a level of power that belies the vintage...94" WS 03/14
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Editorial Reviews for Château Pontet-Canet Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac
Lots of oak on the nose with big notes of candied cinnamon spice, red fruits, citrussy tones and hints of sandalwood and even some exotic guava tones – a bit thick on entry, seamless if still showing strong oak influences, lots of jammy fruit, black currant, crème de cassis, acids are b a bit spiky, tannins are powdery and raw on the moderately long finish (89-90)
this offers up an intense bouquet of cassis and blackberry fruits on the nose edged with gentle tones of very ripe herbs, spicy poppy seeds and fresh oak tones with a top note of dried red chili. This is more austere and structured than the Kirwan with more aggressive tannins. Still quite young and darker than many 1999's this seems to be quite somplete if not yet fully open and the quality really shines through on the long finish with it's nuanced chili and herb tones accenting the dark fruit. A lovely bottle in the making though the tannins need time to resolve themselve but judging from the nose and finish there is ample fruit. 2010-2020
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.
95 pts. -Wine Spectator Grand Tour 5/5/12
look = 7/10, smell = 14/20, taste = 12/20; total = 33/50
Tight now, but this will be a tremendous wine! Very tasty now, so over time, the improvement should make for an exquisite Pauillac. - WS Grand Tour 2011
Pretty red nose of fresh berry, wood and earth. Very ripe berry! Sweet fruit among nice round tannin. Good balance, very approachable. Really nice. Supple and structured. - Blind tasted 9/15/10
External Reviews for Château Pontet-Canet Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac
A new traditional styled wine with a texture that spreads across the palate with strawberry light citrus and mineral character. Harmonious and sexy. Medium and fine. Reminds me of the excellent 1971. James Suckling.
Bruno Borie has overseen not just one of the best Saint Julien wines of 2013 but one of the best Left Bank wines. The Grand Vin is a blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot picked between 26 September with the Merlot and finishing with the Cabernet on 9 October stopping on the 4 October during the showers. It was cropped at 26hl/ha. It has quite an elegant and natural bouquet very classic in style with a subtle marine influence. The palate is medium-bodied is medium-bodied with very go
An aromatic wine with a delicacy and suppleness that is exceptional for the vintage with blackberry mineral spice and flower character. Very fine tannins. Seamless structure. It
In 2013 the Pontet Canet is a blend of around 65% Cabernet Sauvignon 30% Merlot 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. There is about 50% new oak 35% amphora and 15% in one-year old wood. The nose is quite light for Pontet Canet the Merlot actually more expressive than the Cabernet Sauvignon at the moment. There is something almost northern Italian about the aromatics warmth not European but something further south. The palate is medium-bodied with a slightly meaty entry. The tannins are a
This is a structured ripe wine that also has a great sense of freshness
The plum currant and blackberry fruit is well-integrated already with taut anise singed spice and apple wood notes. Sleek and refined lacking the telltale sinew of the vintage. Very stylish through the finish revealing a persistent anise note. Tasted non-blind. J.M. Wine Spectator.
This is a structured ripe wine that also has a great sense of freshnessvibrant blackberry flavor and lively acidity. The finish retains the same delicious freshness and brightness of this vintage. Wine Enthusiast.