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 Vintage1998 Label 1 of 94 
ProducerChâteau Pontet-Canet (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
UPC Code(s)3238440060552

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2005 and 2014 (based on 19 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Pontet Canet on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 89.3 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 92 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Loekkeboe on 5/23/2015 flawed bottle: Raw champignons on the nose. Muddled palate... (94 views)
 Tasted by JonnyG on 3/4/2015 flawed bottle: Corked. Wet socks and funk in the news. Not pour-down-the-drain bad, but no depth or texture, sadly. (903 views)
 Tasted by Angel1 on 2/5/2015 & rated 92 points: Classic (955 views)
 Tasted by Xavier Auerbach on 1/29/2015 & rated 90 points: VinoLaprisco Tasting (Restaurant De Karpendonkse Hoeve *, Eindhoven, Netherlands): Clean Cabernet-Sauvignon fruit, redcurrants, blackcurrants, transparent, slender style but no lack of ripeness in the fruit, slight green edge to the quite tough tannins, good length. (1227 views)
 Tasted by Jeremy Holmes on 9/7/2014: A little dusty on the nose at first but breathes to show aromas of green bean, sweet tobacco and blackcurrant. It it quite meaty and savoury in the mouth. It is still fresh but you sense the wine is nearly ready. Length is just ok and it is a decent Pontet-Canet but not a brilliant one. (2430 views)
 Tasted by Mamaitagin on 5/11/2014: Zeigt noch die letzten Lebenszeichen. Aber die Zuckungen sind definitiv die letzten! Für ein Rating ist es zu spät. RIP! (2754 views)
 Tasted by Purple Tooth on 3/17/2014 & rated 83 points: This wine is pretty much spent. Probably good up to 2008, as most wines from this very difficult vintage don't tend to do well with time. Nothing left, though it still had life in it and was in no way going bad. It might have been better served in the middle of a steak dinner, as it will not overwhelm the food . (2907 views)
 Tasted by stevenjstein on 3/16/2014 & rated 93 points: Powerful dark fruit, with some cedar and graphite notes. Good backbone of tannins and acidity. This is my second bottle of the vintage and they both drank very nicely, although each was a bit different. I think this still has plenty of time left. (2552 views)
 Tasted by PlanetX on 2/10/2014 & rated 90 points: Solid effort but lacks the excitement of more recent vintages. (2833 views)
 Tasted by stevenjstein on 9/14/2013 & rated 94 points: Drinking great. Still has plenty of soft fruit. Complex notes of flowers, herbs, and pencil lead. Good acid balance. Classic Bordeaux for my tastes. (2873 views)
 Tasted by startinoz on 6/22/2013 & rated 93 points: Pontet Canet mini Vertical: Nose a bit closed: some tomato, leaf and graphite. Still has some fruit left, but seconary notes are starting to dominate. Cigarbox and taninns build on the medium, warm finish. It's starting to lose its power. Will age further for 5+ years, but it's never destined to be a star performer. 93 points. (2971 views)
 Tasted by lightning on 6/5/2013 & rated 88 points: Nose of ripe strawberries, plums, cherries, cedar and graphite wound up tightly. Medium-full bodied, in the dark fruit spectrum flavourwise, firm grippy tannins, a bit rough and unrefined on the end. Think it is drinking as good as it can now. (2546 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 5/25/2013 & rated 90 points: The bouquet is a bit reticent, but there are dark fruits, vanilla, graphite and licorice. On the palate good dark fruits like cassis, a good balance between sweetness and acidity and fairly round tannin with still a good bite. Although this is an excellent wine, for Pontet Canet it was a little disappointing. It lacks a bit in concentration and luxury compared to more recent vintages. Ready now and it should still be nice in 2016. Score 89-90. (2607 views)
 Tasted by yvesbaeten on 5/11/2013 & rated 92 points: Beautifull
Give me more (2572 views)
 Tasted by thelostverse on 4/12/2013 & rated 88 points: Very Bordeaux like. Black fruits and profile. (1964 views)
 Tasted by leftbankwine on 11/16/2012 & rated 90 points: Nice mouthy feel, cedar, pencil shavings, a little green pepper. Opening up very nice after a couple of hours. Still gaining meatiness, could have used an hour or two of opening first, but very tasty nonetheless. wish I had more, but this will last for a long time in your cellar. One of my favorite chateau's (3140 views)
 Tasted by AllRed on 4/21/2012: 4th Saturday Group brown bagger (Our house): Opaque crimson color. Reticent; mix of red & dark fruit notes, but that's about it. Full-bodied, with medium tannins and dark fruit flavors. Balanced, but fairly nondescript. Guessed CA cab.
My #6
Group #5, 30 pts. (4133 views)
 Tasted by floydtp on 2/11/2012 & rated 91 points: February Wine Dinner: Tasted non-blind at a wine dinner. Nice nose of cedar, cassis and leather. More of the same on the palate with some spice. Medium length finish with some graphite at the very end. The tannins are fully resolved and this one is ready to drink now. (4118 views)
 Tasted by ckinv368 on 2/11/2012 & rated 91 points: Very smooth, very tasty. Some nuance on the back end. Dusty astringency, dark fruit, velvety taste. Really pleasant, and great to sip. Not as good as the 2001, but still showing very well, and very indicative of what this wine should be after a respectable amount of age on it. (3529 views)
 Tasted by Thellie on 1/21/2012: Lovely Bordeaux nose and mid-palate. Finishes short and a bit hard. (3827 views)
 Tasted by Clarkmeister on 11/25/2011 & rated 88 points: Thanksgiving at home. Not a ton of fruit left in this - a bit thin. Still a very enjoyable bottle. Time to really start focusing more on French wine and less on American wine. (3971 views)
 Tasted by pdadams66 on 9/18/2011 & rated 83 points: Disappointing. (3974 views)
 Tasted by pdadams66 on 7/30/2011 & rated 84 points: Deep red center, red rim with signs of age.
Weedy, honeyed nose, muted lighter red fruits, almost overripe, odd mixture, some hints of cedar.
Slight cedar combined with acidity, more raspberries than blackcurrants, thin middle, short finish.
Has not aged well unfortunately - the fruit didn't make it through. (4185 views)
 Tasted by rackem on 7/9/2011 & rated 87 points: - Ruby color with medium forming legs and aromas of cedar. It's balanced and has flavours of cedar with a medium/full body. Polished texture with a medium finish. (4347 views)
 Tasted by Obalde on 5/27/2011 & rated 87 points: Earthy nose, still had a good amount of tannin, which overpowered the fruit. next day saw fruit come back, but didn't last to long (3333 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2001, IWC Issue #96
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2000, IWC Issue #90
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 1999, IWC Issue #84
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By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, April 2006
(Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) Now approaching eight years of age, this wine continues to show a good depth of colour. There are some notes of early maturity on the nose, with some meaty fruit style, but overall it is quite reserved. Classically styled palate, with attractively ripe fruit and moderate acidity, but with well rounded corners. There is still some tannin to shed here, but I sense this is all coming together quite harmoniously. Will make very good drinking with time.  16+ points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, September 2003
(Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) A youthful looking wine. Another exotic nose with fading, oak-derived notes of vanilla and caramel. A touch of green pepper perhaps? Medium bodied with clean, pleasing fruit on the palate. Correct structure, with soft background tannins and good acidity. Firmer tannins on the finish. A little length.  16+ points
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Château Pontet-Canet

Producer website – Read more about Chateau Pontet Canet

Red Bordeaux Blend

Read about the grapes used to produce Bordeaux The variety Red Bordeaux Blend in CellarTracker implies any blend using any or all of the five traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. As such, this is used worldwide, whether for wines from Bordeaux, Meritages from California and Canada, some Super-Tuscan wines etc.


Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)


Bordeaux Wine Guide

Vins Bordeaux (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux)

History of Bordeaux

History of 1855 Bordeaux Classification


Vins du Médoc (Conseil des Vins du Médoc) - Read More about the Medoc
The eight precisely defined appellations of the whole of the Médoc (from Blanquefort Brook to the north of the Bordeaux built-up area, almost to the Pointe de Grave) may claim the Médoc appellation. But there is also a specific territory in the north of the peninsula which produces exclusively wines with this appellation. In the great majority, the Médocs come from the north of the peninsula. The great individuality of this region is that the number of vines has increased more recently here than elsewhere, apart from a few isolated spots where vines have grown for many years. Today, the size of the small estate has brought about the development of a powerful co-operative movement. Four co-operatives out of five belong to the group called Unimédoc which ensures aging, bottling and marketing a large proportion of their wines.


Read more detailed information about Pauillac Looking full onto the river from the earliest days, with an important port activity, traces of which go back to ancient times (shipment of bronze as long ago as 2000 B.C.), Pauillac's life has always been intimately linked to the history of wine. Although port activities were at the root of its prosperity, Pauillac had to wait until the eighteenth century when Bordeaux ceased to hold its privileged position to become a wine port. The town then became the natural outlet for the wine production of neighbouring cantons before reaching its zenith in a period when the vineyards were exceptionally prosperous.

The characteristic of the Pauillac terroir is its exceptional relief: the many undulating ridges make it unique morphologically speaking. Highly favourable conditions facilitate the dissection of the layer of gravel. This thin, Garonne gravel from whose very poverty springs great richness, has an extremely effective natural drainage.

With their velvet red colour with a hint of amber, the wines from the Pauillac appellation, full-bodied and rich in tannin, are vigorous. Powerful when young, their aromas of red fruits (black-currant, raspberry) or flowers (violets, roses, irises) melt with the passing of time into a bouquet which is long in the mouth.
Rich and complex, the wines of Pauillac deserve to be laid down for a little longer.

Production conditions (Decree dated November 14, 1936)

In order to have the right to the Pauillac appellation of controlled origin, red wines must:
- come from the commune of Pauillac and from precisely defined parcels in the communes of Cissac, Saint-Julien, Saint-Estèphe and Saint-Sauveur, "excluding the parcels situated on recent alluvium and sand on impermeable subsoils",
- satisfy precise production conditions : grape-varieties (Cabernet-Sauvignon, Cabernet-Franc, Carmenère, Merlot Noir, Petit Verdot, Cot or Malbec), minimum of sugar (178 grammes - 6.27 oz. - per litre of must) degree (an acquired 10°5) base yield (45 hectolitres per hectare).

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