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 Vintage2001 Label 1 of 131 
TypeRed
ProducerChâteau Pontet-Canet (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionBordeaux
SubRegionMédoc
AppellationPauillac
UPC Code(s)400007434271, 649944041146

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2009 and 2021 (based on 46 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Pontet Canet on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.9 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 260 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by drjb on 6/18/2015 & rated 92 points: Dark crimson with little red at the edge. Lovely expressive nose of cassis, crushed blackcurrants, tea leaf and cedar. Palate mid weight and very classical Pauillac. Very pure with fine but persistent line of tannins finishing clean. An excellent wine representative of the year and terroir. (649 views)
 Tasted by skifree on 6/14/2015 & rated 91 points: Showing its Pauillac characteristics. For me, lots of black fruit, cassis, and black tea mixed with some green tobacco. This is not a huge wine, but has the elegance I think of when someone says "2001 Bordeaux". Had with a big T-bone off the grill, it was hard not to drink the whole bottle. (784 views)
 Tasted by Collector1855 on 6/6/2015 & rated 90 points: During a tasting event. Medium garnet, brick rim. Nose of dark fruits with lots of earth and beef stock. Medium bodied with good, softened tannins. Aromatically not very long. (869 views)
 Tasted by ctjared on 3/31/2015: Drinking so well. best bottle of wine I have had in quite a while (1954 views)
 Tasted by dmalcolm on 3/27/2015: Dark colour. This started out a little funky but that quickly blew off to reveal an expressive nose of dark fruits, black olives, earth, mocha, and a little green tobacco. Still some firmer tannins but they've softened slightly since last tasted in 2010. Drinking well now, in a youthful way. Still plenty development in store. (1713 views)
 Tasted by AWBryce on 3/22/2015 & rated 92 points: More approachable than the 2000 right now, sweet fruit on the nose, still very primary. Some caramel on the nose, grippy tannin, a bitter aspect in the finish. (1732 views)
 Tasted by sunnylea57 on 2/21/2015 & rated 93 points: Part of a vertical of 7 bottles of P-C that we shared at an offline: 95, 96, 00, 01, 02, 05 and 08. For my money, the 2001 was the best, although the 2000 and 2002 were no slouches. The 95 and 96 were over the hill, and the 05 and 08 were still too young. But those early 2000s were just right. (2148 views)
 Tasted by Papies on 2/6/2015 & rated 94 points: Requires decanting to evolve the full beauty. Two very consistent bottles on the night.
Still very much a primary wine with only the lightest touches of earthy notes, light leather and spice. The fruit is very much dominant but not out of sync and the wine has a beautiful purity and balance across. Good mid palate presence and nice length. Very good as always. 94 (2334 views)
 Tasted by xScottx on 1/14/2015: Good nose of cassis, leafy, but something a bit strange and hard to pin down... earth, barnyard? green pepper? hmm....
Palate: cassis, cedar, graphite, leather, plum. (1757 views)
 Tasted by stephane on 12/27/2014 & rated 93 points: Beautiful color and charming nose. Comes in subtlety and ends with a very long finish. Fruits and spices can be felt. This is a wonderful wine (2112 views)
 Tasted by jonanator on 12/25/2014 & rated 92 points: Drank in HK. Wonderful nose. The palate was slightly underwhelming in comparison to the big nose but this was still lovely. Drinking great right now. This is in a good spot right now with some air but will hold for a long time. (1906 views)
 Tasted by wineismylife on 12/13/2014 & rated 92 points: WIML92

Tasted non blind.

Garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of tar, leather, white pepper, dried herbs, berries and cherries. Flavors of red cherries, raspberries and red berries. Bright acidity, medium to firm tannin, full bodied. Drink now with air or continue to hold. (2179 views)
 Tasted by peternelson on 12/10/2014: Very restrained, fairly weak at the knees. This vintage may be tired or this bottle just pooped out. Brian and Jen's. (1844 views)
 Tasted by popopdrops on 12/10/2014 & rated 92 points: 18 måneder siden siste flaske, som framsto som noe ung. Dekantert i 4 timer. Nå er den på plass, vidunderlig nese, følger opp på smak, dette er bare herlig. Blir sikkert bedre, men dette var min siste! (2063 views)
 Tasted by scott w on 12/8/2014: Thin acidic and gone..hoping it was a flawed bottle. (1648 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 12/5/2014 & rated 92 points: Drinking very well at the moment but has some time left in the tank. Notes of cedar, tobacco, olive tapenade and graphite. Tannins a little firm but should resolve further into the fruit in due course. Overall a really good Pontet Canet and very nice result for the vintage. (1646 views)
 Tasted by Paui on 11/1/2014 & rated 92 points: I saw other TN and it seems this bottle was lesser developed. I drank it over 2 days. decanted for 2 hours, then decided this wine needs more air, decanted in total for 24 hours, smoother on the second day. still strong cassis nose, bit harsh and tannic, this needs years more of cellaring time to integrate. 92 with a long decant for now, upside for 94. (1997 views)
 Tasted by WilliamT on 10/12/2014 & rated 92 points: Bought in '04. Moss, quince, fairly heavy oak, refreshingly acid. Could probably keep another five years. (2101 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 10/1/2014 & rated 93 points: Great balance, drink it now. (2340 views)
 Tasted by Ldelbar on 8/24/2014: - Crimsom color. (2751 views)
 Tasted by Claret & CdP Gang on 7/16/2014 & rated 93 points: Color: dark red
Nose: classic cassis, pauillac nose - cedar & graphite, fresh
Palate: medium bodied, as usual with PC silky tannins, not a very complex PC but pleasurable, great balance & poise, good to drink now (3201 views)
 Tasted by Monaco on 5/29/2014 & rated 90 points: Drank at Ruth's Chris in Irvine. Pop and pour. Initial nose of barnyard funk that blew off over first 30 minutes. Wine started to sing about an hour after opening. Really enjoyable considering the vintage. (3068 views)
 Tasted by Papies on 5/15/2014 & rated 94 points: We have praised this wine many times so no need for a long tasting note again. A prure joy and pure class. Needs 30 mins to open up in a decanter but post that its a sheer joy. Easily has another 10yrs of good peak life ahead. 94-95 (3227 views)
 Tasted by HowardNZ on 3/9/2014 & rated 94 points: Pontet-Canet Vertical: Similar colour to the 2000 with a little more bricking at the rim. More expressive, spicy nose than the 2000. Aromas of underbrush, cigar box and black tea, with sour cherries. Also cedar and a clear herbal element (but not green or off aromas). On palate, bright, pure red fruits, with savoury flavours of tobacco, forest floor, sous bois and spice, the acids more obvious than for the 2000. Refreshing and approachable. A leaner, lighter bodied traditional style, that the English would call Claret. The pleasant, herby element also present in the mid palate. Sufficient structure and dry extract and nicely balanced, with the tannins perhaps a little more rustic than the 2000. The same on the second evening. A good food Bordeaux, drinking well now. I would drink in the next 5 years.

Alfred said that the 2001 Pontet-Canet was a "forgotten vintage", compared with the much hyped 2000. He said that as a wine he personally preferred the 2001 to the 2000, but expected the 2000 to come through in the long run. (3679 views)
 Tasted by whits on 2/10/2014 & rated 90 points: drank well over 2 days, dried flower pedals, tobacco and cherry candy on the nose, the plum, cedar, black tea leaves and black cherry flavors engage well with the refreshing acid and the overall feel in the mouth is uplifted, elegant and balanced, a restaurant quality wine that is built to last (3684 views)
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By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, February 2010
(Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) Very appealing nose here, very polished fruit style, very expressive, suggesting a good presence and texture. Good depth of fruit, good complexity, not exotic aromas but a deep and spicy wealth of forest fruit character with a delightful grainy element. Very appealing palate, youthful and primary but very well composed, harmonious and almost honeyed. Polished, textured, very complete style, beautifully silky tannins, nicely intertwined with the rest of the wine. Fresh acidity. Perfumed, red fruits, violets, lots of potential here.  17.5+ points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (10/29/2004)
(Château Pontet-Canet) Oak nose; tart cherry palate; medium finish  90 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.

France

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

Bordeaux

Bordeaux Wine Guide

Vins Bordeaux (Conseil Interprofessionnel du Vin de Bordeaux)

History of Bordeaux

History of 1855 Bordeaux Classification

Médoc

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.

Pauillac

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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