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 Vintage2002 Label 1 of 94 
TypeRed
ProducerChâteau Pontet-Canet (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
Designationn/a
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionBordeaux
SubRegionMédoc
AppellationPauillac
UPC Code(s)714153131626

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2010 and 2020 (based on 62 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Pontet Canet on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90.4 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 192 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by ctjared on 5/4/2015: consistent. dark fruit. full bodied. (968 views)
 Tasted by CabIsKing on 5/3/2015 & rated 92 points: Nose is about the same as last tasting. Tannins really integrated making for a smooth, long finish. Really drinking great right now. If you have them I would definitely pop one. You will not be dissapointed where it is in its life. (896 views)
 Tasted by Nutty08 on 4/16/2015 & rated 91 points: Solid bdx, if a bit square and somewhat boring. Clean cassis on the nose and palate, which turns a bit austere in the finish. Slightly flat, average energy. Given the fruit/tannin balance, drinking well now with unclear upside. Drink/hold. (1267 views)
 Tasted by AWBryce on 3/22/2015 & rated 90 points: Open nose, dark berries, some nutty notes. Grippy bitter tannin, good acidity, medium fruit on the palate. I'd wait a bit longer on this one for the tannins to round out. (1602 views)
 Tasted by paulst on 2/14/2015 & rated 88 points: Rubber and musty nose; some blackberry; light finish. (2214 views)
 Tasted by Jeanda on 2/9/2015 & rated 91 points: Beau vin, très classique avec ses notes de havane et de bois précieux. Ensemble harmonieux et fondu. Manque un petit peu de fonds et de longueur pour être grand. Est arrivé à maturité. (2149 views)
 Tasted by Honey Badger on 1/24/2015 & rated 90 points: Good, but in my opinion still very wound up, I suppose it's how you like them but I felt that this has quite a long way to go in development to reach it's full potential. Decanting helped and it needs food and the aromatic profile is narrow as is the palate. I'll hold for another 5-6 years. If you like them brutish it's certainly worth opening but if your palate is more British let them sleep. (2270 views)
 Tasted by TheMajor on 1/23/2015 & rated 93 points: My first ever tasting note on a website I have followed for years! My fourth bottle of a case bought en primeur. The best so far. Smooth (but not lacking depth), sweet and, above all, classy - really classy. Reminds me again that you don't need to drink a blockbuster bordeaux year to enjoy its finest attributes. Probably drinking as well now as it ever will in my view. (2235 views)
 Tasted by HOS on 1/19/2015 & rated 92 points: Decanted and immediately started drinking. This has continued to improve and seems to have hit its stride. Currant, earth, roasted herbs. Medium bodied, perfectly integrated, strong finish. I've changed my opinion from my last note and think this will hold here for years. (2227 views)
 Tasted by RGCM Gananda on 1/3/2015 & rated 92 points: Raspberry and earth on the nose; very pretty. Medium to full bodied and exceptionally smooth and balanced at this stage. Showing strong black raspberry flavors with a solid earth and mineral backbone throughout. Deeper and fuller into the finish where there is plenty of structure, but the tannins are fully integrated. Overall, smooth and silky with very nice fruit notes and excellent balance and backbone. Will certainly evolve a bit, but I think it will be drinking as well as it can over the next few years. (2148 views)
 Tasted by md20 on 1/1/2015 & rated 91 points: Sehr schöne Pauillac Nase. Hat sein Trinkfenster erreicht. Mittlere Struktur, Frucht immer noch leicht vorhanden. Am Ende wirkt der ein bisschen trocken und es sind leicht grüne Noten zu erkennen.
Meine Kritik ist auf hochem Niveau, darf sie aber bei einem PC auch sein.
Ich bevorzuge den 2001er, aber dies ist nicht nur bei PC so.
Pontet Canet 2002, 91/100 trinken bis 2020

Very nice Pauillac nose. Has his drinking window reached. Medium structure, fruit still easily available. At the end of the act a bit dry and it is easy to recognize green notes.
My criticism is on high level, but it must be with a PC too.
I prefer the 2001's, but not only for PC.
Pontet Canet 2002, 91/100 drink until 2020 (2055 views)
 Tasted by thomasito2001 on 12/30/2014 & rated 92 points: See previous note, at plateau probably. Will it become better with more age..? (1910 views)
 Tasted by plitton on 12/21/2014 & rated 92 points: Twelve years in, this is now starting to show some secondary and tertiary flavors/nuances. Vast improvement from a few years ago. 3 hour decant. Tobacco, cherries, fried fruits. Softening tanins. It should continue to improve slightly. Drink at least through 2020. (1882 views)
 Tasted by pdadams66 on 12/13/2014 & rated 90 points: Deep dark red center, red rim with some signs of age.
Grassy, raspberry, cherry jam, cassis, a little creamy, greasy smoked bacon, toasty.
Smooth, a little sweet, blackcurrant and mature cheese, dry, modest tannins, smokey, cut grass, roasted nuts, jammy and plummy finish, reasonable grassy length.
Much improved from the last tasting many years ago, mature, low on richness, but good on flavor and individuality. Good to drink now. (2019 views)
 Tasted by unrelenting on 12/12/2014 & rated 96 points: Peak drinking but has a lot of room to run. Full bodied, solid finish. (1980 views)
 Tasted by HOS on 12/11/2014 & rated 90 points: Definite uptick from last bottle. PnP. Evolved over 2 hours we drank it. Black cherry, green pepper nose. Dark chocolate, currant, sage, earth taste. Full bodied by end, well integrated, good finish. Don't see any upside here but will probably hold for a few years. Not a long term wine. (1960 views)
 Tasted by tckoonce on 11/27/2014 & rated 92 points: Drank Thanksgiving 2014 to try - good wine for the food. (2090 views)
 Tasted by Ydaucourt on 11/22/2014 & rated 90 points: Ready to drink now, not particularly long but well made for a 2002 (2022 views)
 Tasted by NiklasT on 9/27/2014 & rated 91 points: Really good pauillac stuff while a step from greatness. Tick in all the scent bdx boxes and quite long for vintage. (2797 views)
 Tasted by MarkMich on 8/10/2014 & rated 88 points: Really nice nose but the fruit was lacking on the palate. Drink sooner than later (3332 views)
 Tasted by ctjared on 7/31/2014: Classic pontet. silky tannins, balanced, long finish. (3485 views)
 Tasted by MRichman on 7/27/2014: Stiff with iron, tight smoky oak, blood, dirt. Hard very oaky tannins. This is not at all ready. Not sure what it's going to turn into, if anything. Disappointing. (3374 views)
 Tasted by khmark7 on 7/9/2014 & rated 87 points: Classic aromatics but this falls a little flat with dried fruits and a tannic finish. Good density for a 2002. From 375 ml (3532 views)
 Tasted by K28226 on 6/25/2014 & rated 92 points: A nice surprise. A little light at first, but comes to life after an hour. I think it will be better with more time. (3196 views)
 Tasted by 82Latour on 5/4/2014 & rated 90 points: Consistent notes. This is my last bottle. (3057 views)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (3/15/2012)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (1/5/2010)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (10/13/2009)
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (8/15/2007)
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2005, IWC Issue #120
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (11/2/2004)
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2004, IWC Issue #114
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, May/June 2003, IWC Issue #108
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (4/2/2003)
(Ch Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red) Subscribe to see review text.
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, February 2010
(Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) A dense style of fruit in the nose, very defined and upright, black fruit character, has a style rather more reminiscent of a St Julien than Pauillac, a vintage effect perhaps? There is a little broadness and sweetness to it though, dark and grainy, sitting beneath these more superficial characteristics. There is an evocative style to it as well, early maturity, notes of tea leaves. With time really opening up - showing overt maturity, tea leaves and rust - lovely. Moderate weight on entry, balanced midpalate, slightly loose knit through the middle and slightly raw structure too, very tannic style coming out from beneath through the fruit in a slightly sharp fashion. Needs time. Not a lean and mean greenie at all though, lots of tannin in the finish although less than the 2000 I feel. More flesh would be very welcome. Good wine which will make super drinking with dinner in a few years from now.  17+ 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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