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 Vintage2000 Label 1 of 94 
ProducerChâteau Pontet-Canet (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
UPC Code(s)071570014834, 3419466144215

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2011 and 2028 (based on 143 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 316 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 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) (580 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. (1105 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. (1099 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 (1354 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. (1476 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. (3381 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. (3311 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 (3528 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+ (3993 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. (3546 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. (3496 views)
 Tasted by Dobi77 on 2/10/2015 flawed bottle: Corked, but drinkable. Nice opening, but flattens out. Flawed bottle. (3693 views)
 Tasted by mgstull on 2/8/2015 & rated 89 points: 3 hour decant. I tasted a bit when first opened and it didn't really evolve much with the decant. Dark red purple with a cedar and graphite nose that followed through to the palate. Sweet cherry and cassis on the attack with saddle leather and lead pencil on the finish. (3265 views)
 Tasted by gsquireh on 1/30/2015 & rated 95 points: Gorgeous and massive wine that I decanted for three hours and revealed enticing aromatics of cassis, smoke and spice, truffles, rich and ripe black fruit. Full bodied, balanced, textured, sturdy but enveloping tannins, this winning wine fills the mouth with a classic and caressing finish. (3220 views)
 Tasted by Big botate on 1/24/2015 & rated 91 points: Hint of Molten lava that tapers of in a long finish that swaths the mouth with a kryptonite after taste.I would recommend it to one and all
( ........mannnn....but you guys take yourselves seriously )
Cheers (3559 views)
 Tasted by Lilja on 1/18/2015 & rated 93 points: A great wine that won the second flight, not by much though. Took some time for it to come around but when it did it really delivered. Developed nose with lots of malty, earthy aromas together with plenty of funk and barnyard, slightly overripe fruit, cherries and plums together with coffee and chocolate.

Slightly unbalanced at first, but with some air and time it gets in to shape. Round, but present tannins, high acidity, medium+ body slender body with a great intensity and length. More of a elegant wine than a power wine. Might still need some years in the cellar. (3383 views)
 Tasted by Mascarello59 on 1/18/2015 & rated 93 points: Starting to show maturity on the nose with some secondary stable notes. The dark fruit is there but in an unidentifiable way apart from the cassis notes. Great acidity, ripe fine tannins and the fruit in a great harmony. Some earthy notes and a long and slightly dry finish. Felt like it starts to drink well but still very early, but this wine must have a great future ahead. Started slow but opened up gradually over the course of the evening. Tasted blind. 93-94p (3439 views)
 Tasted by d'Artagnan on 1/16/2015 & rated 93 points: Bordeaux 2000: dégustation horizontale (Restaurant Tandem): Un beau nez de mûres, avec un peu de viande fumée et plus tard, des notes de café. Superbe bouche soyeuse qui évoque St-Julien, c'est frais et d'un équilibre presque idéal, même s'il ne montre pas encore de complexité aromatique. Magnifique finale. Un vin moins spectaculaire que le précédent (Lynch Bages), mais très beau. 93 pts (3452 views)
 Tasted by mgstull on 12/19/2014 & rated 92 points: Rounding into form. Red purple. Dusty mulberry, cassis, sour cherry, licorice, graphite, and saddle leather. (3760 views)
 Tasted by bengti on 11/18/2014 & rated 91 points: Ginsberg and Chan Pontet Canet Tasting (Hong Kong): Classic bordeaux cherry licorice fruit and leather. Very fine effort with aging potential (4850 views)
 Tasted by MarkMich on 10/23/2014 & rated 92 points: Very nice wine, but did not blow me away either. The nose was amazing upon opening. I slow o'd it for 4 hours and served with grilled lamb chops. perfect match. The tannins are soft and the wine is nicely balanced with beautiful red fruit. I have 3 more and will wait a couple years before trying again. (4781 views)
 Tasted by La Cave d'Argent on 10/17/2014 & rated 93 points: New York Wine Experience Trip; 10/14/2014-10/21/2014 (New York City, NY): Opaque ruby/red, this wine delivers aromas and flavors of black currants, anise, dried herbs, fig and bittersweet chocolate. Full-bodied, freshly acidic and with substantial tannic grip, it is still quite youthful. Listed as 13%, the wine's alcohol is nicely integrated. Solid in the middle and concluding with a lengthy but dry finish, this is simply in need of additional cellar time. It has all the makings of something special and may merit a higher score in the future. Drink 2018-2030. (5203 views)
 Tasted by lolo66 on 10/17/2014 & rated 93 points: NY Wine Experience 2014 (Marriot Marquis): Another wine showing off its great vintage. Rich. full. seamless. elegant tannins. we got cigar smoke, currants. earth. mushrooms. some blackberry. Real tasty. (4764 views)
 Tasted by Skip4wine on 8/21/2014 & rated 95 points: This wine was amazing. Took a sip while putting in the dacanter and it was thin and tannic. Decanted 3 hours and boy did it put on weight. Lots of structure and tannins that are starting to resolve themselves. Forest floor, leather and a good dark fruit backbone. Just kept getting better over the 3 hours we enjoyed it. Despite the pros this is drinkable now with a proper decant but give it time to develop and you will be rewarded. (5942 views)
 Tasted by Rani on 7/19/2014 & rated 90 points: Tasted blind. Candied cherries, not much cigar box. Very fruit-forward, lacks complexity. I'd say not touch for 5 years at least, (5534 views)
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The World of Fine Wine, September 2010, Issue #29
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (6/26/2010)
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JancisRobinson.com (1/5/2010)
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2003, IWC Issue #108
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Vinous, May/June 2002, IWC Issue #102
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Vinous, May/June 2001, IWC Issue #96
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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

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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