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Pontet Canet 2011

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"A wine with very clear fruit definition and minerals with hints of flowers. Full body with fine tannins and a a fresh finish. Mineral and dried flowers. Long and crisp. Lovely quality of tannins here. Racy. Lover to see a little more fruit concentration in mid-palate... 92-93" JS 04/12 "A big, broad-shouldered style, with lots of bittersweet cocoa and coffee up front, followed by thick-textured blackberry and black currant fruit. Shows a bit more brute force than purity right now, though hard to deny the concentration and depth. Could move up if it stretches out and gains some finesse...90-93" WS 04/12 "Once again proprietor Alfred Tesseron has produced a wine of first-growth potential. One of the superstars of the vintage, Pontet-Canet’s 2011 exhibits an opaque purple color and a glorious bouquet of incense, subtle toast and copious quantities of creme de cassis. There is a floral underpinning, decent acidity and ripe tannin to this full-bodied effort. Big, rich, round and generously endowed, it should drink well for 20-25+ years...93-95" WA 04/12

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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

External Reviews for Pontet Canet

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

The fruit is very pure with a great depth of flavor. This wine has weight and intense flavors of dark plum and sweet fruit. Impressive. - R.V. Wine Enthusiast.


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/15/2012

A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2011 Pontet-Canet, Hauts de 750ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
06/08/2012

85% cabernet sauvignon and 15% merlot. Located over 75 hectares, between Beychevelle to the north and Latour to the south. Vines are planted in gravel and "cailloux", the large pebbles that gave the estate its name. Aged in 95% new oak for up to 18 ... Alex Lallos. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2011 Ducru Beaucaillou 6000ml


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

85% cabernet sauvignon and 15% merlot. Located over 75 hectares between Beychevelle to the north and Latour to the south. Vines are planted in gravel and "cailloux" the large pebbles that gave the estate its name. Aged in 95% new oak for up to 18 months. 2011 saw Ducru Beaucaillou s lowest yields in 25 years due much in part to extensive green harvesting. Nearly opaque at the core with a beautiful bright ruby/violet rim. Aromas of black cherry baking chocolate and boysenberry emerge from the glass. Sho


External Review
05/06/2010

Purple color of good intensity. Fruity floral fresh and ripe nose. Very lovely and tasty on entry the wine develops finely pulpy with taste flesh and fine tannins. Enjoyable and aromatic on the finish. This is delicious and with depth. Good length. Jean-Marc Quarin - www.quarin.com


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
05/10/2012

60% cabernet sauvignon, 36% merlot, 3% cabernet franc, and 1% petit verdot. The biodynamic, 120-hectare estate is planted in gravel, clay, and limestone. Aged in 50% new French oak. Deep ruby core with a bright ruby rim. The nose offers notes of blac... John Sweeney. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2011 Pontet-Canet 3000ml


External Review
Source: JJ Buckley Fine Wines
07/27/2012

The fruit is very pure with a great depth of flavor. This wine has weight, and intense flavors of dark plum and sweet fruit. Impressive. - R.V. Wine Enthusiast. A Bordeaux Blend wine from Bordeaux in France. 2011 Pontet-Canet 6000ml



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"A wine with very clear fruit definition and minerals with hints of flowers. Full body with fine tannins and a a fresh finish. Mineral and dried flowers. Long and crisp. Lovely quality of tannins here. Racy. Lover to see a little more fruit concentration in mid-palate... 92-93" JS 04/12 "A big, broad-shouldered style, with lots of bittersweet cocoa and coffee up front, followed by thick-textured blackberry and black currant fruit. Shows a bit more brute force than purity right now, though hard to deny the concentration and depth. Could move up if it stretches out and gains some finesse...90-93" WS 04/12 "Once again proprietor Alfred Tesseron has produced a wine of first-growth potential. One of the superstars of the vintage, Pontet-Canet’s 2011 exhibits an opaque purple color and a glorious bouquet of incense, subtle toast and copious quantities of creme de cassis. There is a floral underpinning, decent acidity and ripe tannin to this full-bodied effort. Big, rich, round and generously endowed, it should drink well for 20-25+ years...93-95" WA 04/12

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