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 Vintage2005 Label 1 of 415 
ProducerChâteau Pontet-Canet (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
UPC Code(s)031259021591, 087000347663, 3419466144215, 3700446505127

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2017 and 2040 (based on 175 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Pontet Canet on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 93.6 pts. and median of 94 pts. in 229 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Andre Brattland on 1/27/2016 & rated 96 points: Had it together with Pavie Macquin `05 and Casanova di neri tenuta nuvona `10 with a Elk Dinner. The Bordeaux was in a another League. Both the Pontet Canet and the Pavie Maquin was really tight, altough the the Pontet Canet was surprisingly more open after Approc Three hours in the decanter.

Really Clear Pauillac aromas and taste. This wine give you a Clear assumption to the greater area in Western Bordeaux.

Full bodied with a really long taste of darker berries, liquorice, and violet. I loved it, but the Pavie Mac`was a marginal the leading horse this night. 95-96p. Would develop nicely the next decades.

Full bodied wine with aromas who jump out of the glas. A Really long taste of Earth, Blackberry and Liquorice.

This wine would develop for decades. I bought two more bottles - this wine is a Winner! (3747 views)
 Tasted by Lobonick on 1/3/2016 & rated 93 points: Fantastic wine with lots of life left. Color is deep , opaque, and with red edges. Nose is a bit shy with smoke, black pepper, spice, plum, black fruit, and just a bit of eucalyptus. Palate is rustic and has a graphite texture that is both powerful and a bit rustic. This wine is still not showing much development and needs another ten years or a lot more. As it is, it's working very well with a spicy cassoulet. Love this wine. (5044 views)
 Tasted by MarkMich on 12/26/2015 & rated 94 points: Decanted 8 hours for Christmas dinner. It needed all of it. I would hold off for another 5 years unless you have a case. I do think this will evolve into a special wine and am looking forward watching it evolve. (4742 views)
 Tasted by rickspicks on 12/25/2015 & rated 91 points: Definitely not ready yet. Never really opened during the 3 hours we consumed it. Not much nose or finish - just too tight. Ripe, dark berry fruits with oak, spice & earth. Medium body with good concentration and still very primary flavors. Not much depth or complexity yet, but will likely be really terrific in 5+ years. (4593 views)
 Tasted by norsktorsk on 12/12/2015 & rated 90 points: for the first time I can say that I actually enjoyed a bordeaux.

a split and quite nice. (5794 views)
 Tasted by Roentgen Ray on 12/6/2015 & rated 95 points: Young and vibrant with loads of cassis and structure. Just beginning to to show a little integration. I only tasted because I have 14 more, and plan to keep most under cork for decades to come. (5818 views)
 Tasted by -E- on 11/27/2015 & rated 94 points: Klar, dyp, mørk rød. Mørk, forførende nese med bjørne- og solbær, blyantspiss, cedar og hint av kaffe.
Mørk, konsentrert, tørr, strukturert frukt med nydelig dybde og subtil sødme. Frisk, spisset syre. Milde, fokuserte tanniner med et lett bitt. Tørr utgang med flott lengde. (2761 views)
 Tasted by wren460 on 11/25/2015 & rated 90 points: Sorry, new world wines deliver much more bang for the buck than this over valued French wines. It was tasted blind and a Nicolas Catena Zapata beat the crap out of the Pontet. Nice wine, but for $125 I can definitely think of much more delicious options, specially new world beauties. (5713 views)
 Tasted by jeffm_fla on 11/19/2015 & rated 94 points: WOTN at our recent event. Dark, powerful with amazing perfume on the nose. A pleasure to drink. (5968 views)
 Tasted by rossi.wine on 11/7/2015 & rated 96 points: Vertical tasting of Pontet Canet 2003-2012. Hardly any sign of evolution in terms of colour - still very dark. Lots of pure black fruit on the nose, showing more depth than the two previous vintages. A hint of cough drops. Some oak is still evident. On the palate very powerful, firm structure, but the tannins are round and ripe. The balance is impressive. Super long. Too young still, but approachable. 95-96+ (5752 views)
 Tasted by Grinner on 11/1/2015 & rated 94 points: 19th Annual Lyon 10 Year Retrospective (Chez Lyon in Eugene, OR): WOTFlight, this was BIG, dark, and deep with stone notes vying with the cassis, blackberry, earth, and cedar. Tannic and long. Wait, decant (we did 17 hours), and wait some more. Next in 2-3 years. 93 on day 2. (3217 views)
 Tasted by walkerjfw on 10/22/2015 & rated 95 points: New York Wine Experience - lots of tastings...shorter notes...: At NYWE experience, nicely aged version of a BdX favorite of mine

Dark purple/black color, no sign of age yet at 10 years old...Nose of black fruits, anise, earth, wet stones. Full bodied wine, blackberry, currant, kirsch, smoke, baking spice. Balanced and ripe, wine is getting close to prime drinking window. Tannins still a little grippy, so it shows that it has long aging potential from here (6203 views)
 Tasted by La Cave d'Argent on 10/22/2015 & rated 96 points: 2015 New York Wine Experience Trip; 10/19/2015-10/27/2015 (New York City, NY): Now ten years old, this wine still has a saturated, opaque crimson/ruby color. Ripe black currant, blackberry, kirsch and crushed rock aromas are followed by a full-bodied palate, with similar black fruit flavors which are flanked by smoke, graphite and allspice. Fresh, seamlessly alcoholic and gushing with sweet tannins, it builds in the middle and closes with a lengthy, albeit tannic finish. This gorgeous wine is nowhere near plateau. Patience will be rewarded here! Drink 2020-2050. (7635 views)
 Tasted by cbuhlman on 10/6/2015: deep dark garnet and somewhat viscous. packed with grippy ripe fruit and still very primary.
At this point the wine is clearly not ready to drink.
As the pros say, this wine needs to sleep a long time.
reserve judgement. (7117 views)
 Tasted by jmcmchi on 9/25/2015 & rated 93 points: Nose beautifully rich and sensuous

Smooth tannins spreading dustily through mouth
Dark berries, long, slight mineral influence

Still a few years from its peak (6564 views)
 Tasted by alion on 8/25/2015: Bought retail in 2008 and stored in natural cellar. Even with 3 hours air and for someone who likes wines young, this is not ready. Great, complex nose - powerful blackcurrant with more redcurrant over time, some liquorice, exotic spice. Fleshy palate. Bitter. Disjointed. Tannin dominates. Darker than the nose. Needs food. Great wine here but give it at least 5 years. (8296 views)
 Tasted by Drdan8 on 8/22/2015 & rated 93 points: Allowed to aerate in medium bowl decanter for 1 hour at room temp. Absolutely stunning nose of crushed vanilla pod, red licorice, candied raspberry, and pencil shavings. Consumed from a GabrielGlas universal stem. Not quite as exciting on the palate as the bouquet would suggest. Slight dark fruit but muted in intensity. Picking up some bramble, leather, and dark cherry. Tannin is still not fully integrated on the medium finish. Quite smooth and refined although it doesn't quite deliver that special feeling. Easily has 5-10 years ahead to improve on its pedigree. (7096 views)
 Tasted by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on 8/21/2015 & rated 96 points: Mind blowing. Really hitting now, but will hold for many years to come. Went well with the steaks. (6595 views)
 Tasted by SonnyChiba on 8/21/2015 & rated 96 points: Best showing of this yet. Absolutely killer bottle of wine. Perfect nose of red licorice and blackberries surrounded by so much more. Great balance, excellent texture to it, long lingering finish that completely coats the mouth. This is terrific and needs 10 years at least but worth popping now if you have a few as it will not disappoint. (6710 views)
 Tasted by SteveN100 on 7/26/2015 & rated 92 points: Fantastic fruity nose. Had a bit of a high alcohol taste to it, but not enough to interfere with the other flavors in the glass. Tannins need a bit more time. (8002 views)
 Tasted by kgh on 7/21/2015 & rated 91 points: Dark color and leathery aroma upon pouring. Very nice structure and depth of fruit, with blackberry, cassis, and mineral notes. Tannins still prominent, but should soften and improve with more cellar time. (7084 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 6/28/2015 & rated 95 points: Full bodied and intense, this mouth filling, luscious treat is packed with layer after layer of rich, dark, dense, perfectly ripe fruits, soft, refined tannins and the stuffing and structure to age and evolve for decades. You can drink it now, but I’m waiting another 5 years before I start popping corks. (8589 views)
 Tasted by CamWheeler on 5/26/2015 & rated 92 points: SLDS May 2015: Plum and cherry along with a backing of cedar. Good minerality on the palate keeps the plush fruit fresh. Still feels bold overall, this should be cracking given enough time. (3641 views)
 Tasted by bajayngo on 4/13/2015: Quick note from a friends 50th bday party. Such old world structure for days. Rustic frame with dust, saddle leather, spice fruit, ceder box and earth. (10679 views)
 Tasted by Eric Guido on 3/30/2015 & rated 95 points: 2005 Bordeaux Retrospective (Morrell Wine, 1 Rockefeller Plaza): The nose was dark and rich, showing intense red berry, minerals, soil, herbs, cedar and tobacco. Still incredibly youthful on the palate with firm textures moving in dense waves across the senses, giving only a brief glimpse of this wine’s massive dark red fruits, spice, herbal tea tones, minerals and soil. The Ponet Canet’s structure remained in control throughout the finish, yet there’s so much balance and intensity here, hence its potential. (11288 views)
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By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, February 2010
(Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) The nose here shows a lot of primary elements here, and is still marked by winemaking at present. The nose is dominated by the aromas of sweet oak, marshmallow and caramel, so it is clearly not a wine that I would recommend open for tasting or drinking now, even those who like to 'take one for the team'. The fruit elements which are currently sitting behind the oak are very dark, with elements of liquorice, but also with brighter although very ripe red fruits, dark cherry and raspberry. Beautiful palate though, glossy but not over the top, lightly creamy and stylish, wonderful style. Complete, harmonious, vivacious but elegant, balanced but structured, the tannins perfectly intertwined with the rest of the wine, the finish composed and complete and long. This is a very remarkable wine, rich and yet poised and light-footed. It needs to be left a very long time - a decade at least, maybe 15 years - but it will be amazing. A wine full of emotion.  19+ points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, November 2009
(Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) A rather glossy style of fruit here, dark and intensely stylish, shining with black fruit character, dark with elements suggestive of roasted herbs, but the fruit itself is not in any way cooked or hot. Rather there is a very fresh complexity, of liquorice and macerated black fruits. Beautifully defined here on entry, pure and linear, fresh but very rich, and with a very significant presence of tannins. These have a very firm character, masculine and grippy, bright, nevertheless they sit very well with the rest of the wine. A hugely impressive effort that puts much of the rest of the appellation to shame. This wine could really go places, given the right cellar.  19+ points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (1/18/2008)
(Château Pontet-Canet) Dark red violet color; sexy, ripe berry and kirsch nose; ripe, plush plum and berry palate, a little extracted; medium-plus finish (65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot)  93 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, October 2007
(Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) Exotic, interesting, spicy nose, full of very dense and perfumed fruit, notes of roast herbs and a layer of cashew nut oak. The palate is very full, a touch creamy, with a lovely composition. Rich fruit, good substance and weight, ripe well covered tannins and a delicious, balanced style. This has great potential. Another success for Pontet-Canet, and a much higher score than my en primeur tasting.  18.5+ points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, April 2006
(Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) CS 70%, M 25%, CF 4%, PV 1%. This has a lovely, dense colour. The nose is perfumed with aromatic floral and mineral character. A middleweight on the palate, showing good structure; there are ripe tannins in abundance, and a full character. This very well made wine does seem a little straightforward and foursquare at present, but it has fine structure and great potential for the cellar. The aromatic complexity on the nose is encouraging. Very good indeed.  16.5-17. points
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Château Pontet-Canet

Producer website – Read more about Chateau Pontet Canet

2005 Château Pontet-Canet

Grand Cru Classe 5th Growth

70% Cabernet Sauvignon
25% Merlot
3% Cabernet Franc
2% Petit-Verdot

Alcohol: 13%

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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