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 Vintage2009 Label 1 of 21 
ProducerHauts de Pontet-Canet
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
UPC Code(s)3700446509224

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2015 and 2024 (based on 5 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Les Hauts de Pontet Pauillac on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.2 pts. and median of 91 pts. in 28 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by slaughterer on 2/6/2015 & rated 93 points: Followed another bottle over 30 hours. This wine is a chameleon with a fascinating development, mocking my earlier attempts to describe it in a uniform description. The key element I am noticing now is metamorphic. First phase is tannic and tight, with typical Pauillac flavours of blackberry, cassis, a little raspberry, and some herbs, bay leaf, etc. Over 24 hours, the angularity smooths over and you get a 2009-esque creamy presentation of cherries, cola and spices. At 30+ hours the wine settles into this coffee and milk chocolate space with an aroma of violets. (1164 views)
 Tasted by cephomer on 1/27/2015 & rated 90 points: Westchester Wine School: Haut Medoc - Terrior & Vintage: Drank at WWS Haut Medoc tasting vs 2006 vintage, and this bottle was far more preferable. Pretty, bright crimson in color. Quite tight, with very firm tannins. As wine opened in the glass, the wine showed black fruits, some cassis, lots of lead pencil and some coffee element. Good length, with nice spice. (1005 views)
 Tasted by sethboy23 on 12/25/2014 & rated 94 points: Delicious. Magnum on Xmas eve. Versatile with food and large groups varied tastes. Very approachable Bordeaux with great fruit and good body

 Tasted by Collector1855 on 12/11/2014 & rated 90 points: Dark ruby. Ripe nose of red fruit with cedar wood, spices. On the palate this is quite mouth filling for a second wine with good fruit presence but there is also some alcoholic heat here. Not very long aromatically. Nice to drink but I struggle to see how this can go much beyond 90 points. (1566 views)
 Tasted by slaughterer on 10/19/2014 & rated 93 points: This has dimmed over the last few years. Getting rubber, acacia, raspberry coulis bay leaves and liquorice on the nose. Silky palate yields liquorice, raspberry, blackberry, and a nice medley of Asian spice. Fairly long,tannins civilised, nice gastro wine, but makes me speculate the 1st wine is not in a good space in its development right now. Still lovely, but not up to the level of the PC 1sts from 2001-2008. (1554 views)
 Tasted by Jeffrey Silver on 8/24/2014 & rated 94 points: Wonderful wine. Opened with 90min decant. Truly a lovely 2nd wine of the Grand Vin. The nose is floral and fruit friendly. The taste has true terroir of Pauillac, France. The finish goes on and on. Would say a full min. This wine is drinking beautifully now but has 7-10yrs easily. I wanted to see how it progressing and I'm very pleased. Have a full case and half left. (1685 views)
 Tasted by Jhcwine on 9/13/2013 & rated 90 points: Some notes of Pontet Canet, some shades of Pauillac. But really not much of either. Remind me not to buy 2nd wines. Overpriced at $50 from the LCBO. (3784 views)
 Tasted by KCProper on 7/14/2013 & rated 94 points: Great stuff here. It's big, round but balanced. No formal notes. Recommend. (3772 views)
 Tasted by kingcanute99 on 7/3/2013 & rated 91 points: - Crimsom color - Agree with prior notes. A nice medium-to-full California cab that somehow got made in Bordeaux. Hint of graphite or herb on the very end but mainly a California fruit/oak profile. Given that (and the vintage), an early drinker for sure. Recommended but know what you are getting - winemaking over terroir for sure. (3567 views)
 Tasted by Replevin on 2/21/2013: I think the previous reviews have been pretty spot-on for this wine (at this stage). My primary impression, however, is that if I tasted this blind, I don't know that I would have thought it was BDX. More likely California Cabernet. A very upfront and fruit forward wine with not a lot of complexity. A lot of cassis, vanilla, and other sweet tones but not as balanced as I would like. On day two, there was more structure and some of the tannins emerged from the fruit.

Agree that this is a delicious and approachable wine, but perhaps a bit of a disappointment to me since I didn't buy many 09s and was hoping for something a little more French and less hedonistic. I will be interested to see how this develops as I have 5 more bottles. (3957 views)
 Tasted by Brmaso on 2/19/2013 & rated 92 points: Felt the need to post detailed tasting notes as the notes for this wine here and on the net were not a decent assessment of the wine at its present state of evolution.

Liquid vanilla. The oak interplay with the merlot gives this wine the unique signature of an 09 bdx with at least 40% Merlot (however I haven't looked at the tech sheet, so thats guesswork at best).

Its very ripe, very balanced and very new worldy. I can't stop thinking that it is a dead ringer for an 8 month younger 09 Rol Valentin (which seems to have shed a touch of its vanillin at present).

Touches of milky chocolate and a feeling of viscosity boost the palate's feeling a bit more than its medium+ body would normally imply. Given its phenolic complexity and low acid, it appears to be an early drinker (kind of implied by the vintage if you are familiar with 2009 bordeaux), but this little brother to the infamous 09 Pontet Canet is still a baby.

Great kirsch, currant and sweet red cherry play nicely with the slightly dusty tannin. In such a ripe vintage I would like a bit more underlying old world complexity and power, but the hedonistic side of me loves how luscious this baby is! It screams drink me now!! For an old world francophile like me, this is the perfect bridge to link old and new world. If you have ever had 03 Pichon Lalande, this is essentially a totally primary, although somewhat dusty-tannined, version of it.

I would give it a 91+ because of the lack of complexity and concentration, but I would recommend this much quicker than most 93-95 pt wines I have tasted just for sheer enjoyment factor. Its so easy to love.

Quick update: 5 hours in and the tannic grip has taken hold, the vanillin has shed its weight giving way to a violet coffee overtone that is seesawing with the black currant and cassisy flavors/aromatics. Very good harmony at this point..not backward, just young. walnutty/Cinnamon/curry/cumin-incense aroma is also pretty cool on the back end of the nose of a soft inhale..midpalate also picked back up. In the end I think this wine will merit a different judgment based on when you taste it..as it is a true kaleidoscope wine (as are so many warm vintage bdx).. Best guess 92 (probably closer to a 91 if rated by parker), but the most delicious 92 pointer you'll taste. (3975 views)
 Tasted by Mrp2008 on 1/3/2013 & rated 87 points: Somehow the little brother of a very highly rated Bordeaux comes out tasting like a decent Sonoma Zinfandel. Muted nose, very short finish. Hoping their 09 first wine is much better. (2004 views)
 Tasted by Jeffrey Silver on 1/2/2013 & rated 89 points: - Crimsom color with medium forming legs and aromas of cut green grass, tobacco, hay/straw, violet and walnut. It's unbalanced and has flavours of mint, apple, cherry, fig and mushroom with a medium body. Narrow texture with a medium finish - A nice 2nd Label to the Grand Vin but I agree with others that at $50 per/btl its not a Star. Will age well for another 5-7yrs and come around. (1860 views)
 Tasted by slaughterer on 12/13/2012 & rated 96 points: The rating is a little bit crazy but the bottle was pristine and singing. Color is beet red, entrancing. Scents of violets, clover and clay. Smooth palate of crunchy, sweet blackberry, junipers, violets, clay and fresh spring daisies. Shocked that the tannins were not ripping at the close, but the close was magnificently round. Very smug and satisfied that I was wise enough to stock up alot of cases of this. Why? Because the 2nd wine in this slutty, fruity year is not much below the 1st, and much better than many previous vintages of the 1st. Pontet Canet had gotten THAT good in 2009. Provocative, forward, slatternly, precocious 2nd wine, I love you. (1957 views)
 Tasted by Loren Sonkin on 11/4/2012 & rated 88 points: 2009 Bordeaux (for Public TV) (World Series of Wine): A nice showing for this second wine (Pontet Canet). Not sure there is any value here though as I think this sells closer to $50 now. Ruby/purple in color. Clear and bright. The nose is dusty with cassis. Someone said peppery but I found it more like bramble (think Zinfandel). Nice texture and very smooth to drink. Dark cherries, some bitterness (not bad), and a bit of black raspberries. Firm tannins. Somewhat generic, but a find and enjoyable wine. Nothing in common to the Grand Vin. (2193 views)
 Tasted by slaughterer on 8/13/2012 & rated 93 points: Healthy ruby purple. Nose of blackberries, some sea-shell. Nice sweet, crunchy blackberry, cherry fruit, caramel, vanilla, minerals. Mid-weight. Tannins are certainly here, and the texture is a little hard right now. Needs time. (4323 views)
 Tasted by FransS on 6/15/2012 & rated 91 points: Between WOW and reservation. This wine is very young and started with a lot of cassis and modest vanilla/cream.
I had decanted the wine from bottle to bottle and back three hours before tasting. In the aftertaste I noticed less
balance, maybe a bit alcohol and some dryer tannins (but nothing to worry about); enough body in the midtaste.
I suggest to taste a bottle now if you have some and than wait with the other bottles for two to three years.
One thing for sure, this wine is pure and bio; 91 points now, maybe more in future (4075 views)
 Tasted by vespasian on 5/3/2012 & rated 88 points: Nice fruit, nice pure defined nose; not overly complex but lovely fruit. Tasty early drinking. (3948 views)
 Tasted by AHSpiritus on 4/6/2012 & rated 92 points: bordeaux-nose, fruity, mild tannins, drank over 72 hours => very good future and nice at the moment too. happy to have enough. (3743 views)
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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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History of Bordeaux

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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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