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 Vintage2000 Label 1 of 156 
ProducerChâteau Pontet-Canet (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
UPC Code(s)071570014834, 3419466144215, 639737593464

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2028 (based on 147 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Pontet Canet on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.9 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 330 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by aquacongas on 7/26/2015 & rated 94 points: Blind Tasting of 13 reds, 1 white and 1 Champagne at Behrens am Kai in Dusseldorf

7th Flight together with Pichon Lalande 2000

A lot of cassis, crispy black currant, fresh acidity, not that balanced as the Comtesse 2000, the tannins are too strong in this stage, a lot of power and minerality, next try in 5 years probably,but long fruity finish. 93 - 94

no real winner in this flight (915 views)
 Tasted by Sixchips600 on 7/19/2015 & rated 93 points: As good or better than I remember. Rich fruit and nuanced cedary nose. Medium-high acidity on palate and a lovely texture for such a big wine. Finish is rich with elegant tannins and a a long aftertaste. (1471 views)
 Tasted by capacious on 7/17/2015 & rated 91 points: Decanted for a day. This is ready to drink if you have a case. If you only have a few, wait. The strucure is substantial, the finish is lengthy and hopefully I'm interpreting correctly that there is a lot of promise and future here of complexity and interest as we see the move toward secondary and tertiary. Should move up in score if it fulfills the promise. (1345 views)
 Tasted by webbaker on 7/7/2015 flawed bottle: One of the strangest wines I've tasted in recent memory. Decanted about 8 hours. Thin, dessicated, very little fruit. Improved somewhat over the next couple of days. I'd probably give this an 80, but I'm going to assume this bottle was bad, perhaps stored in a hot warehouse for years. It wasn't corked and didn't really taste oxidized. Not a pleasurable tasting experience. (2166 views)
 Tasted by ilee on 7/2/2015 & rated 90 points: A good whiff of dark fruit and creamy vanilla in the nose, which after some decanting gave way to some familiar lead pencil and faint tarry notes. There is good balance in the wine, and it wasn't overly heavy. But even for a youngish wine as this, I thought follow through on the palate was a little short, and there wasn't much complexity that could hold my interest for long. Not bad, but not remarkable either -- for now (2000 views)
 Tasted by Purple Tooth on 6/29/2015 & rated 92 points: At first whif...Im in pauiilac country. Great wine, but not very complicated today...Unfortnately it needs time to develop, but I doubt that the medium finish will get longer with time...So, drink or hold. (2295 views)
 Tasted by aagrawal on 6/27/2015 & rated 94 points: K&L Bordeaux Tasting (K&L, San Francisco): One of the only wines at this tasting not decanted because it was already showing well. Nose has intense nose with strong soy and umami, blackberry fruit, complex and balanced; palate is full bodied, balanced acidity, tannins integrated and maybe just slightly drying, balanced blackberry fruit; medium length. Very nice, maturity on the nose, ready to drink now but will have a decade ahead. 94-95. (1668 views)
 Tasted by jibby on 6/27/2015 & rated 91 points: K&L Bordeaux Tasting (K&L, Hollywood) (K&L Wines, Hollywood): Earthy, with mushroom and truffle notes. Some oak comes through, along with berries like currant and blackberries. Very well balanced and complex. (1715 views)
 Tasted by yossarian.livez on 6/27/2015 & rated 89 points: Nose of green pepper, geosmin, animal hide. Supple, but the palate is showing still a lively core with a bit of grip with notes but very reserved palate blueberry, cassis, cigar box, but not terribly delineated but a solid dry elegant finish. No rush here. I can't imagine it getting much better, but it's a solid triple. 89-90 (1466 views)
 Tasted by Pebben on 6/13/2015 & rated 95 points: Decanted for two hours before tasting. I herby withdraw my earlier prediction that this wine wouldn’t peak until the mid 2020-ies, because yesterdays bottle was just stunning. Layers of rich blackcurrant and blueberry fruit, backed up by hints of dry soil, cigar ash, exotic spices and cedar-wood. Still young and structured, but is now beginning to display the level of generosity, depth and balance you would hope for in a wine like this. Assuming representativeness, I would suggest waiting another two to three years if you only have one bottle. If you, on the other hand, are lucky enough to own many, I would space them evenly throughout the next decade and perhaps save one for post 2030 if you expect to be alive by then (95-96 points). (2515 views)
 Tasted by up4wine on 6/6/2015 & rated 93 points: We started the evening with 2005 Pommard to go with the fish course. We finished the meal with this Pontet-Canet and cheeses. Maybe it was the sequence or maybe it is just this wine, but it is a huge wine. The nose pours out big juicy fruit. The wine almost seems fleshy. It would likely completely overpower many foods, but paired well with several strong, flavorful cheeses. The wine is bold, but round. There is good acid upon entry and it finishes with silky, smooth tannins. As the bottle aired more (started with 2 hour decant), the bold fruit started to become calm, and the smokiness of the oak aging yielded to some of the characteristic graphite and lead pencil of the Bordeaux. I have had the opportunity to taste several 1st & 2nd growth Bordeaux's from the 2000 vintage. I would say that the Pontet-Canet stands quite tall among these wines with a little more richness and flavorfulness. (2482 views)
 Tasted by John Danza on 6/3/2015 flawed bottle: From a case bought at release. Thin and somewhat acidic. There's some fruit present, but it can't be a solid bottle. Need to open another soon. (2923 views)
 Tasted by pgb67 on 5/30/2015 & rated 90 points: "ATS" Wine Group, Spring Gathering: This provided a great counterpoint to the TRB Napa bruisers served alongside. Quite dry but sturdy - Bordeaux profile of currants and plums - it wasn't as forward as some other Pontet Canets that I've liked in the past. Not ready yet? Longer decant needed? (1908 views)
 Tasted by jimkay21 on 5/23/2015 & rated 94 points: Dark color, tobacco, leather on the nose. Palate was rich with just a hint of tannin among the mature fruit flavors. Really enjoyable. Drinking fine now and I suspect will hold up for quite some time to come. Light sediment. Best red of the year (so far) (3235 views)
 Tasted by swapdoc on 5/15/2015: Zachys Mixed Tating: Mature but excellent fruit, vibrant and layered, showing reed fruits, currants. Long finish. A grand dame. (2989 views)
 Tasted by Eric Guido on 5/14/2015 & rated 93 points: The nose was dark yet very pretty, with crushed red berry, hints of herbs, savory reduction, and airy citrus notes providing lift. On the palate, I found soft yet engaging textures with notes of tart cherry, autumnal spice, and slight bitter berry tone. This was wonderfully fresh, while remaining smooth and fun, finishing with a hint of tannin with lingering notes of cherry. (2727 views)
 Tasted by Hypersphere on 5/9/2015 & rated 92 points: open and double decanted 2h prior to drinking.
leathery flavours, tannins integrated. Still has time to go, but drinks very very well already (2623 views)
 Tasted by mgstull on 4/24/2015 & rated 91 points: After a two hour decant, this offered notes of plum, cassis, lead pencil, cigar box, and still evident tannins. Revisit in 3 plus years. (2777 views)
 Tasted by sunnylea57 on 4/8/2015 & rated 94 points: About as good as this will get. Perfect showing and in a perfect place with excellent balance between the tart black fruit, acidity, smooth sweet tannins, and plenty of cigar box, pencil shavings and leather. (3971 views)
 Tasted by AWBryce on 3/22/2015 & rated 92 points: Funky nose, some underlying dark fruit. Good balance, medium acidity, some herbal notes. Seamless tannins, medium sweet finish. Will definitely improve with some time in the cellar, would like to see a bit more development. (3737 views)
 Tasted by rossi.wine on 2/28/2015 & rated 93 points: No formal notes. Served next to the 2009. Quite approachable and open, fine fruit, tobacco, lead pencil on the nose. On the palate rich, round and well balanced. Not incredibly complex or long, but still very good. 92-94 (3876 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 2/28/2015 & rated 92 points: In the bouquet beautiful and slightly mature cassis and good oak. Not really as exclusive as I hoped for, but nevertheless beautiful and a bit rustic. On the palate everything you can expect from a good Pauillac, so good cassis, some graphite, a firm body with good acidity and powerful tannin. The tannin is a bit drying in the finish and still holds a promise. I have a few and I had the intention of opening my first bottle this year, but after tasting it today, I think I should put it away for 2017. 92+ (4346 views)
 Tasted by RayOB on 2/28/2015 & rated 92 points: A Matter of Taste: London Edition (Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea): I really think this needs some more time. A wonderful wine but I think it will get better and more expressive with another couple of years. (3986 views)
 Tasted by T.E.D. on 2/13/2015 & rated 91 points: U Club selection. Dark and inky color, looking youthful. Nose opened up with wet earth, spiced cassis eventually moving toward soft fruit, saddle leather and jam, with good austerity still lingering. The air time definitely showing benefits. On the palate clean BDX profile of dark fruit, fresh mintyness, herb, tobacco and stones. Drinking quite nicely now. (3811 views)
 Tasted by Dobi77 on 2/10/2015 flawed bottle: Corked, but drinkable. Nice opening, but flattens out. Flawed bottle. (4000 views)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
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By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, February 2010
(Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) Fabulous nose here, big and smoky, roasted confit fruit, dark and gritty-grainy in character. Wonderful style. Roast coffee grounds, dark in style. Fine fleshy sweetness on entry, but not over-the-top, not a sweet, confit note in sight. There is a firm and polished texture to it, a savoury character, with lots of tannic substance although it does not show through past the texture and fruit on the palate, only on the finish when there is a flourish of grippy tannin coating the mouth. There is a firm, grainy character which sits very well with the rest of the wine. Brimming with potential here, but needs another five years at the bare minimum, and I am sure it will be much better at ten.  18.5+ points
By Lyle Fass
Rockss and Fruit (4/30/2005)
(Pontet Canet) Beautiful precision and elegance. Reminded me of a baby '00 LLC. Laser-like focus and sweet cassis licoricey fruit. Lots of mineral and cigar box on the nose with very sweet fruit and ripe tannins. Like an undualting wavelength though opening and closing every five minutes . . . but man what fruit. Tremendous juice.
By Lyle Fass
Rockss and Fruit (10/4/2004)
(Pontet Canet) This showed well but not as well as it could. Maybe this was closing down. Classic Pauillac nose of tar, leather, tobacco and a melange of red and black fruits. Even some sweet corn after five minutes in the glass. Dense and delineated with ripe, fat, silky fruit. Very finesse. Fruit takes over your mouth. Good inner mouth aromas and great length.
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (6/14/2003)
(Château Pontet-Canet) Lavender, boysenberry nose; big, tannic, espresso, eucalyptus palate; medium finsh  90 points
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Château Pontet-Canet

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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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Bordeaux Wine Guide

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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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