France, Bordeaux, Libournais, St. Émilion Grand Cru
Purple red color. Decant length unknown. Had a single glass over an hour. Cassis, grapite, blackberry, tar on the nose. The palate is inky, very grippy right now, cassis, black cherry, and graphite, licorice. Very young. 90(+)pts.
Very dark red color. Another bottle with no decant. Drank 1 glass over 2 hours. I was really looking forward to trying this, but sadly was disappointed. I'm a huge fan of Pontet-Canet in general, certainly over the last decade anyway. This bottle presented as austere, tannic, black fruits, anise, oak, gravelly mineral, spice. Not sure this will get a lot better. I'd like to see the impact of a significant decant, but this did not improve a lot in the glass.
Purple red color. Decanted for 3 hours. Drank 1+ glass over 2 hours. This has a nice nose, earthy, developing some perfume over30 minutes, cassis, cedar, graphite, oak. The palate is full bodied, inky, cassis, blackberry, graphite, minerals, firm tannins that round further in the glass. This got considerably better over the first 30-60 minutes. Very nice.
Very dark red color. Decanted just over 2 hours. Drank 1+ glass over 2 hours. Opened more slowly after being back in the bottle for transport. Developed a nice perfume of red and black fruit, florals, and leather. The palate is medium-full bodied with a velvety texture, elegant, nice finish. This was excellent, but not as good as the last 2 bottles I've had. It seemed like it shut down after it had really been singing at the 2 hour point and needed to be coaxed back out. 2-3 hour decant recommended.
Amber color. Drank 1+ glass over 30+ minutes. This was showing quite nicely again. Classic aged Sauternes, apricots, honey, floral, smoky, a little peach pit. The palate is graceful, understated power, very well balanced, apricot, honey, spice, smoke, minerals. Long finish. Always a treat.
Medium gold color. Lots of tropical fruit on the nose, highlighted by a distinct coconut note, mineral, lighter apricots and honey this go round. The palate was quite vibrant with nice acidity, consistent with previous bottles, adding the tropicals. The sweetness is there, but when drank next to the '86 Rieussec, you see what a baby this really is and imagine how far it can go. As much texture as there is now, you don't have that creamy, really volumptuous character that comes with maturity. Don't get me wrong, this is awesome and is only going to get better, but I am a sucker for a mature beauty. 93(+)pts.
this was not quite as good as recent previous vintages. Still quite nice though. Interesting dusty quality on the nose, citrus, light florals compared to the past. the palate was light, crisp citrus, medium-short finish.
this had a 2.5hr decant. Small pour. Still came out of the box slowly, seemed a bit hot initially. Developed a nice perfume of ripe cassis, graphite, and floral notes. The palate resolved and was deep and layered. This is still quite young and should improve significantly. Wish I would have had more of this to examine longer. 92+pts.