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 Vintage2004 Label 1 of 95 
ProducerChâteau Pontet-Canet (web)
VarietyRed Bordeaux Blend
UPC Code(s)3364420028455, 3419466144215, 3460270024552, 3700266205061, 715700195184, 858666003206

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2026 (based on 160 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Pontet Canet on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.6 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 425 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Roelof Ligtmans on 5/23/2015 & rated 94 points: My first bottle of a case of 12 bought EP and well-stored ever since. Almighty heavy bottle! Opaque purple juice. Enticing nose, almost shy (should have decanted?). Full-bodied yet refined taste giving you the real deal in classical Pauillac flavours. Yes, it finishes with a wall of tannins, but they are of the soft type and will melt away with time. To be revisited in one or two years, I'll take my time with these beauties. (1173 views)
 Tasted by cliffkol on 5/19/2015 & rated 90 points: Decanted over an hour. Delicious, but still a bit tannic, closed. This was our last bottle of 2004 which is a shame since this vintage should continue improving. (1914 views)
 Tasted by JPPeterson on 5/16/2015 & rated 92 points: Wonderful Pauillac immediately upon opening but gained depth after a decant of about an hour; not much sediment at all. Wish I had more. (1007 views)
 Tasted by NiklasW on 5/13/2015 & rated 91 points: ChTR kokous 13.05.2015 (Uusi-S): Decanted for an hour. Quality shines through here, elegant cassis, good tannins, a touch of barnyard. Made an impression on several tasters. (2580 views)
 Tasted by P&F on 5/3/2015 & rated 92 points: This is exactly what I think of when I think of Bordeaux. Not over-the-top, very balanced, and beautifully fragrant. A nice moderate finish. Not spectacular but very agreeable. (3331 views)
 Tasted by eharkins on 5/2/2015 & rated 92 points: Lots of dark berry, currants, lead pencil and gravel, after a few hours in the decanter the palate is smooth with a fresh fruit feel to it, a touch of austerity on the finish but otherwise personally feel just a wonderful wine in a not so wonderful vintage (2981 views)
 Tasted by Bernt Olav on 5/1/2015 & rated 90 points: Aroma av mørke bær, lakris, røyk, lær, kaffe mm. På smak er det de samme elementene og i tillegg blyant. God Pauillac med tydelig områdepreg. Er drikkeklar, men vil utvikle seg fint i mange år enda. 90+ poeng. (3293 views)
 Tasted by paulst on 4/27/2015 & rated 89 points: Too young; tannic with abrasive fruit; potential? We hope so, that's why the 89 score, which is due to the vintage (better than 06, 02 and 01, not sure about 03). (4085 views)
 Tasted by Atreyu on 4/20/2015: hopper ut av glasset ved servering men taper seg litt etter hvert. Solid rund men hard. Intens blåfrukt, erketypisk pauillac. (3899 views)
 Tasted by skurtz on 4/20/2015 & rated 92 points: Decanted for 1h at the Prime Rib with their signature dish. Expressive nose, layers of earthy oaky notes, tobacco. I thought the palate was slightly understated given its sophisticated nose. Still it was an outstanding Bdx, lots of fruit oak and tannin in harmonic balance. Drinking nicely now, lots of life left in this beauty. (4332 views)
 Tasted by Lilja on 4/19/2015 & rated 94 points: *Same bottle as 2015-04-18 - Mascarello59

Starts of a little shy. But with some time and air this comes around big time!

Medium intense aromas of dark fruit, plums, blackcurrants, liquorice, dirt, chocolate, wood, ceder, dust and cherries. Very good depth, but I might have wished for a bit more complexity.

The palate is outstanding. Medium+ acidity, dry but with dense fruit. Distinct, but fine grained tannins. Medium body, high intensity and a ridiculously long finish. Had to run a quick errand out the office while I was tasting this, and realized standing in queue at the store that I could still feel the taste in my mouth.

Still feel somewhat tight knit, and will most likely benefit a lot from a further 5-7 years in the cellar. No problem drinking now though :) (3764 views)
 Tasted by Mascarello59 on 4/18/2015 & rated 93 points: Starts off with a whiff of dust but the fruit then grows as it opens up more and more. Cassis, mint, and a lot more. Lovely lift and tension to it. Far from peak but to me this is so refreshing with a great balance. Still tannic, a bit earthy, and a very long finish that just begs you to take another sip. The obvious winner tonight but the competition was really only from the 2011 La Jota Cab. Nice to see that everyone spotted the quality wine of the night, regardless of wine experience! Me 93-94p (3722 views)
 Tasted by jseal on 4/17/2015 & rated 92 points: Cherry and leather nose, fresh. Dark fruits, hint of cases on back end, leather with a slightly bitter edge, pencil, pepper, long on tongue with full tanins - dry. Lacks power. Medium body, very good length, only medium balance, slightly unrefined. (3819 views)
 Tasted by Rechrom on 4/5/2015 & rated 93 points: Open for business with great fruit and a really nice palate. Very clean on the finish. Great balance, does not show any heat. Should have a long life, and could well get more interesting with time, but very nice now. (4270 views)
 Tasted by wahoff on 3/17/2015 & rated 91 points: Dark unevolved color. Very nice nose, still fresh. Good balance and length.
Tasted blind against Casanova di Neri Brunello 2004 and Glenelly Lady May 2008 - most tasters this one was the Brunello! (5490 views)
 Tasted by indiscriminate palate on 3/16/2015 & rated 92 points: Decanted 1 hr and followed for a couple more. Nose of dark berries, some earth, cedar, and tobacco, and loads of graphite. This is definitely a baby, with the tannins still holding quite tight, but the aroma alone was worth opening one now. Plenty of acid. Not really green at all. Quite yummy. Can drink now but should hold. (5472 views)
 Tasted by wihong on 3/16/2015 & rated 90 points: Color: Inky, garnet purple rim, long legs. Aroma: Ripe triple cream cheese, dried herbs. With air, dark juicy cherry, mint, eucalyptus, leather, anise, tobacco. Taste: Palate entry: creamy cheese, herbal. Mid-palate: High acidity, gripping tannin, anise, clove, mint and leather. Finish: Big, juicy cherry, licorice, oak, sour cherry, cola. Big, fruit forward with, cherry bomb, plush tannin, oaky and cola spice.l (5417 views)
 Tasted by salil on 3/15/2015 & rated 92 points: Really impressive. In a great place where that core of dark berried fruit is still quite youthful, but also surrounded by more developed and savoury cedary, graphite, and earthy elements. There's really bright acidity beneath giving the fruit a sense of real freshness, and the tannin is quite fine grained, becoming more silky with a couple of hours in the decanter. (5737 views)
 Tasted by Hawk94 on 3/13/2015 & rated 90 points: Not overly impressed, good drinking though, a little bit acidic, plum, berries, mocha, some depth. As I said it doesn't have a "WOW". will see if it improves in a few years. (5094 views)
 Tasted by wahoff on 3/8/2015 & rated 91 points: Still young, bold fruit and tannins. Moderate length and complexity, will definitely hold. (4555 views)
 Tasted by cliffkol on 2/19/2015 & rated 91 points: Medium to light body. Rose color. Red fruits, dark fruits, cassis, earth. Fine tannins, soft, well balanced. Very nice, but not powerful. One hour decant. Maturing nicely, should improve with more time. (Doris enjoyed) (5595 views)
 Tasted by Don and Pam on 2/9/2015 & rated 92 points: wow, this is really good wine. Not overbearing. decanted for an hour before enjoying (6186 views)
 Tasted by Hazeo on 2/7/2015 & rated 92 points: It has matured quite a bit since the last bottle, which was admittedly 7 years ago. Nice nose of fruit and asian spice. Smooth dark red fruit on the palete, a little weaker in power than I remember and a touch simpler, but finishes well with partially resolved tannins. (5684 views)
 Tasted by Scottymatt on 1/16/2015 & rated 91 points: This bottle is in the 'dumb' phase of its development- big with lots of fruit but out of balance with its acid and tannins. Wait another two years. (6993 views)
 Tasted by Jeff Leve on 1/4/2015 & rated 90 points: Fresh herbs, cedar, cassis and oak in the nose, the wine is medium bodied, open and finishes with a cassis and olive note in the red berry finish. (8015 views)
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By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, February 2010
(Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) Not very expressive on the nose, but work with it and we get dense rather compact fruit, fresh and minerally, but rather tight and linear. The palate has a lot of good substance, lovely texture, and there is a good cut of acidity running through it as well. There are ripe tannins, grainy, and the palate is substantial, with well integrated tannins, but there is little in the way of expression. It is closed down right now, so difficult to judge, but there is a lot to admire here, and a lot of potential I think. Grainy tannins in the finish.  17.5+ points
By Beverley Blanning, MW
Sommelier Journal, August 2009
(Château Pontet-Canet, Pauillac) Overdelivering for its rank and vintage, this is a stunning wine that rivals the more highly rated 2005. It will easily keep for a decade or more, but is enormously enjoyable now, with richly concentrated cassis and cedar flavors and a supple, integrated structure.
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (10/13/2007)
(Château Pontet-Canet) Cassis, blueberry nose; plush cassis, plum palate with good acidity; medium finish  89 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, October 2006
(Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) Rather closed on the nose; I get some sense of a deeply fruited wine as I work it in the glass, but each time it quickly recedes into its shell. Firmly structured, with an exuberant wealth of ripe velvety tannin. Almost purely creamy, yet fresh and balanced with a very correct acidity. Lovely composure. Although there is little flavour in this wines closed down state, this still has great impact. Pontet-Canet continues to turn out wines to match almost any in this commune.  17.5+ points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, April 2006
(Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) A dark, glossy wine, with a bright purple rim. Lovely character on the nose, vibrant, dark, sweet and concentrated black fruits. Very full and pleasing palate, showing great style, with well delineated and attractive fruit. Moderate acidity, and rather firm, slightly austere tannins showing on the endpalate and length finish. There is sufficient fruit in this rather expressive wine to cope with these tannins in the long run, I think. Has potential.  16.5+ 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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