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Château Pontet-Canet Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac 2011

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

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)

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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

Editorial Reviews for Château Pontet-Canet Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,232
4.00 5
Vintage: 2007 06/20/2010

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)


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,232
4.00 5
Vintage: 1999 09/22/2008

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


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Snooth User: Terence Pang
106762048,627
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 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
20275912,198
5.00 5
Vintage: 2009 06/30/2012

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


Snooth User: mistersplice
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 05/20/2012

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


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.50 5
Vintage: 2008 01/30/2012

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


Snooth User: hanryluo
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0.00 5
Vintage: 2008 11/02/2012

2006


Snooth User: Antoine Btn
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2008 07/22/2012

Four glasses


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.50 5
Vintage: 2007 09/27/2010

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


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External Reviews for Château Pontet-Canet Red Bordeaux Blend Pauillac

External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2013 06/20/2014

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.


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2013 06/20/2014

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


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2013 06/20/2014

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


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Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2013 06/20/2014

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


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2012 11/14/2013

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.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2012 06/21/2014

This is a structured ripe wine that also has a great sense of freshness


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
Vintage: 2012 11/14/2013

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.


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