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 Vintage2011 Label 1 of 414 
ProducerChâteau Pontet-Canet (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
UPC Code(s)2050004795943, 3700446508128, 3700446511128, 3700446577735, 370046511128, 400002977476, 400002988854, 639737585704

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2018 and 2032 (based on 49 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Pontet Canet on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.3 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 34 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by wineshaman on 2/9/2016 & rated 94 points: Four nights in Manhatten (Manhatten, NY): Decanted at table and tasted, quite primary but yet approachable, all the usual suspects here when it come to Bordeaux, with layers of flavors that constantly evolved in the glass over the 1+ hours it took to drink. Descriptions are to numerous to mention, but this certainly is a classis Pauillac and paired nearly perfectly with multiple cuts of BBQ Kobe beef we cook our selfs at our table @ Gyu Kaku in lower mid-town east Manhatten. What a culinary treat! (414 views)
 Tasted by RajivAyyangar on 1/20/2016 & rated 91 points: Institute of Masters of Wine - 2011 Bdx Tasting (Hyatt, San Francisco): Meaty with a warm stinky note. A beautiful tone of faint cassis essence - pure and modest. Very nice. (1625 views)
 Tasted by Don't Know Who on 1/10/2016 & rated 96 points: fruit, tannic but pure grape (2016 views)
 Tasted by Longrange380 on 11/28/2015 & rated 91 points: During a Bordeaux tasting:
In the nose a scent of licorice and cedar.
Fruity taste but still very tannic. Also tannic finish but one can guess that this will develope nicely. (2837 views)
 Tasted by rossi.wine on 11/7/2015 & rated 94 points: Vertical tasting of Pontet Canet 2003-2012. Not easy to follow on after the 2009 and the 2010, but this is a fantastic wine. Ripe fruit, lots of richness, smoky oak, spiciness. Fairly open on the palate, no greenness at all, juicy, pure, mineral, fresh and balanced. The tannins are really ripe and polished. Very long and vibrant. I don't think I have had a 2011 red Bordeaux as good as this. No comparison to the 2004 and 2007. Not one for very long-term aging, but should be given more time in the cellar. 93-94+ (3210 views)
 Tasted by Papies on 11/3/2015 & rated 92 points: The Institute of Masters of Wine Annual Bordeaux Tasting - 2011 Vintage (Vintners Hall, London): Light nose, dark fruits, a touch of raisiny edge a few times but not one to put us of from seeing what a beautiful wine this is . Nice balance, well made, good structure and almost soft at times. Big tannin of course but not overpowering. Very very good, (92) (3144 views)
 Tasted by cubswinws on 10/30/2015 & rated 91 points: Young and tight. Opened two hours prior to dining and still needs time or a vigorous decant. Lots of potential and will try again in 3-5 years. (2734 views)
 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 9/23/2015: Spicy high toned cranberry fruit. Linear, direct, needs some time to open up. Now, opened just one hour, we will see how it goes. (4135 views)
 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 9/2/2015: Really bright and tart and tight fisted. Needs some time. (3943 views)
 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 7/9/2015: In a field of Bordeaux this time this wine comes across as boldly red fruited, with hints of cab. franc stem coming through (in a very charming way) and silky smooth on the palate. Long mineral finish, very integrated tannins. Just opened. (4573 views)
 Tasted by Ben Christiansen on 7/6/2015: Well this doesn't suck. (4666 views)
 Tasted by Papies on 6/10/2015: Decanter's Great Cabernets of the world with Steven Spurrier, Brian Croser and Cecilia Torres (Bluefin Building, London): Tasted blind (from a disclosed list of 10 possible wines though).
Touch of light cocoa on the nose. dark fruits, no real richness per se, definitely old world. Mineral, a touch dry. A touch tough on the tannin side and efinitely a child of a difficult vintage. Still on the elegant, well made side. Not bad for a 2011. Still too young. Lets see. (4986 views)
 Tasted by RayOB on 6/4/2015 & rated 91 points: Drank at Pontet
I have to say that we started to giggle when the guide started to explain the calming influence of the Donkey in the vineyard. Never the less even if you don't agree with all the Bio Dynamic methods this wine really stood out well for the vintage. Still very young come back in 5 years. (4188 views)
 Tasted by Eric Guido on 5/14/2015 & rated 91 points: The nose was dark, almost sappy, with intense pine, cedar and menthol, followed by floral perfumes and crushed raspberry fruit. On the palate, it was rich with silky textures, giving way to young tannin. A mix of tart wild berry saturated the senses with a gorgeous sense of balance throughout. The fruit here lingered long upon the senses with hints of inner floral tones and tannin. (4561 views)
 Tasted by Nicholas81 on 4/25/2015 & rated 92 points: Overall, a pretty good wine. Nose was rather sweet with vanilla and oak. Palate was similar with splashes of cassis and blackberries. In a nutshell, this wine is almost a fruit bomb. Certainly not in the Aussie style but from the french perspective, the wine is surely sweeter and fruiter than most. Personally, I find that the wine does not represent Pauillac or even Bordeaux. But, on the whole, it is a well made wine and will age at least 8 - 10 years. Perhaps the oak will soften up in the coming years. Drinking well now. (4115 views)
 Tasted by sillofshade on 3/29/2015 & rated 93 points: Candied roses, cotton candy, black plum, anise, grahpite, clay, and cedar nose. Faint vanilla. Very perfumed.
On the palate very plum, anise, more roses, graphite, and again the clay. Dark caramel, cassis, and blackberry around the edges. Fruit forward, with fresh acidity. Vibrant, and nearly juicy but restrained. Medium+ weight, clear and well defined. Tannins are abundant but tame. Bottomless depth. Elegant and long. More textured, savory and autumnal with air.

Consumed over 6 hours and the last sip was the best. Who knows where it wouldve peaked. 93+ (4567 views)
 Tasted by Duke88 on 3/11/2015 & rated 92 points: Huge depth, an almost abysmal nose. Not too showy initially but opened up with some time, concentrated aromas of dark fruit preserves, graphite, cedar, clove and some pepper. You can almost smell the clay through the wine, a seductive earthy backdrop. Moves across the palate with substantial breadth and structure, but very well-balanced. Surprisingly ripe palate offers evidence of quality winemaking. Something that you COULD drink now with a reasonable decanting, but worth revisiting in 3-5 years. (4777 views)
 Tasted by Purple Tooth on 2/22/2015 & rated 92 points: A well rounded, balanced wine, leaning toward fruit forward with Pauillac dust and bones...showed slightly over ripe...seems to me that this wine will mature fast and hit peak enjoyment within the next few years. It will be even better in secondary phase.. (4874 views)
 Tasted by AACollection on 2/21/2015: K&L Bordeaux Tasting (K&L Hollywood): Great spice on the nose with earth, clove, and great fruit. Good acidity, and on the palate there is blackberry and crushed rock. Beautiful soft tannin on the finish. This was such a pleasure to contemplate that I think I stopped paying attention to writing down my notes. (4511 views)
 Tasted by Wine_lvr on 1/17/2015 & rated 92 points: dark color. Nose nice black fruit (currant, cherries) , chocolate and black tea. Smooth tannins, good acidity, structure and length. Easy drinking and quite hedonistic. Overall a solid wine for a 2011. Drink - 2025. (4773 views)
 Tasted by msieurledocq on 12/22/2014: If for whatever weird reason you open this up, it's drinkable. The nose is heavenly and as it opens up you can feel that elevator shaft descending into the cedar mine. The taste goes on forever. So you *can* drink it, but why? It's pitifully young. Its better self is sort of a shadow of a ghost you can just about make out if you squint. I had regrets during the second glass. On night two, that cedar thing makes a long, long, long, long ping and echo on your tastebuds. It's a pleasure, it's great, but it's going to be even better in 2020. Hold onto it. (5008 views)
 Tasted by Philippe_C on 9/16/2014 & rated 92 points: Nose of sous bois, black fruit cassis... powerful black fruit, nice acidity, average lenght, tannins integrated (7189 views)
 Tasted by PSPatrick on 5/25/2014 & rated 92 points: The wine was medium to dark ruby in colour and offered candy-like fruit aromas, black currant, blackberry confit, plum, fennel, cocoa, espresso and graphite on the nose. On the palate the wine showed black currant, cherry, blackberry, plum, cocoa, tobacco and graphite, paired with fresh medium-plus acidity, fine, medium-plus tannin, a good mouthfeel and very good length. The medium-bodied wine was juicy, balanced and elegant, with a firm structure, and very enjoyable. It also showed good potential for mid- to long-term development. I really loved the fresh acidity and, in particular, the quality of tannin, which set this wine apart from most of its pears in 2011. A beauty! I will start drinking my remaining bottles around 2020. 92+ for now. (8159 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 5/21/2014 & rated 93 points: Dark ruby in hue, primary as you would expect, with a boatload of fresh, ripe blackberries, dark cherries, tobacco, fennel and stone aromas in the nose. The wine is balanced, soft and round, with freshness, slightly powdery tannins and a clean, concentrated, sweet, fresh boysenberry finish. This is already drinkable. (8173 views)
 Tasted by yofog on 5/1/2014 & rated 92 points: Tannic at first, but supple, this is classic dark ruby with meaty, anise, red fruits and coffee bean, classical and elegant and drinks well right now. (7284 views)
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View From the Cellar, Mar/Apr 2012, Issue #38, The 2011 Bordeaux Vintage Unprecedented Conditions Lead to Very Mixed Quality, But With Some Truly Outstanding Gems to Be Found
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By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, April 2012
(Château Pontet-Canet (Pauillac)) A very dark hue but with a glossy rim. Quite well defined fruit on the nose, dark damson and black plum, very impressive, concentrated and yet pure, despite the black character. Beautifully textured, very rich and solid, with a dense and creamy character to it. Really creamy, balanced, harmonious and with a wonderful layer of convincing fruit with good definitions over a very fine tannic structure. Very convincing, probably more harmony here than I have seen in recent vintages which have been massive in terms of structure and substance. There is amazing depth here, but there is a restraint to it, it sits on the palate hiding its tannins very well, and these show in a ripe, slowly fading seam at the finish. Very long. There is a extreme ripeness but the fruit remains fresh. No over-ripeness. Hugely convincing.  17-18 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, May 2012
(Château Pontet-Canet (Pauillac)) Such purity (tasted after a slew of inky-black right-bankers), lifted fresh fruit perfume on the nose, with a bright, black cherry and red cherry character, tinged with violets. The palate is soft, open and balanced, with appropriate tannins and a soft acidity. There is a very gentle substance to it, harmonious and integrated, with a supple weight of fruit and ripe, appropriate tannins within. It has some gentle acids, fresh and rich, this is a quite complete wine, if perhaps a touch more gentle than I recall  17-18 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.


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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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