Well, well, well, I do usually like this wine, but we had a lively discussion and we all agreed that this was the wine and it wasn't a ault in the bottle (opened a second one just to be sure) and it was just disjointed with unripe cab notes and disjointed tanin structure.
The score is actually a 86-94. This can become fantastic, but it can also fall apart completely. So I give it a benefit of the doubt and give it a mid-way score. The point is that now it ha a huge acidity but also a niceand interesting sweetness with amaretto like notes.
Extremely round, this is the roundest and most approachable Pontet Canet that I have ever tasted, which is weird, as I was expecting an even more closed down monster than the 2009 but no... But then again the tanin structure promises a long long life ahead
Nice, very approachable and inviting, not so long lived I guess though. Phelan used to be a great value, but recent price increases make this wine a mid-range Bordeaux that performs according to its price