2005 Château Pontet-Canet

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - It is almost appalling to read the lesser reviews of this iconic wine. There comes a point where subjectivity becomes just plain wrong...

This is a blockbuster powerhouse that will re-define your definition of tannin. The 05 Pontet is built to last the long haul for sure, and should easily turn out to be a 40+ year wine. Still young and inky, the wine possesses globs of rich fruit - creme de cassis, red currant, blackberry, blueberry and wild cherry - vibrant mineral notes, and everything else that screams Pauillac in a classic wine from a ripe vintage. The balance is impeccable, and the acidity keeps it fresh. All and all, this is a wine for your children..but please pop open a bottle or two before you pass it off to see what great, fresh young bordeaux is supposed to taste like.

Finding an argument in Alfred Tesseron's biodynamic approach to wine making is literally impossible when you taste his modern day legends after taking the realm in '94. In the golden age for bdx (2000-present), he is one of the leaders year in and year out, and this aristocratic 2005 also offers hedonists the opportunity to get lost in the moment.

Do not look for a overblown california fruit bomb here. This is power and finesse to the highest degree. Impeccable in every way. If you do not like the style, you still would not be able to make the argument that this juice is anything but extraordinary.

As a footnote, somebody said something to the effect of 'beware, this wine may not age well' or something like that... what a rookie.

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  • Comment posted by Brmaso:

    4/9/2013 9:07:00 PM - In reference to the last sentence..just read below a bit to find the rookie.

    I also forgot to mention the degree to which this wine is dilineated. It should not be so easy to pick apart every nuance so easily in such a young and closed-esque wine.. Bravo Alfred Tesseron, and may you get back to back 100 PT vintages again soon (2009 and 2010).

  • Comment posted by winemanintheden:

    4/15/2013 8:14:00 AM - Great write up! Happy to see Pontet Canet get rewarded with their finetuning and smart vineyard decisions. Can't wait to pop open my 05 as its one of my eagerly anticipated bottles.

  • Comment posted by wineotim:

    4/15/2013 7:21:00 PM - Really fine review, one can tell you are passionate and enthusiastic about this wine, I have one bottle, it will be difficult not to open it soon.

  • Comment posted by Brmaso:

    4/16/2013 10:06:00 AM - Thanks guys, I appreciate it. I'm very passionate about what is happening to the wine world in general, especially bordeaux… I just wish the prices were reasonable enough for people to enjoy without spending a dis-proportionate amount of their income on bottles - which I am definitely guilty of..

    If you like young wines as much as I do, and don't fear choking on tannins, then I would whole-heartedly recommend drinking this one young and then finding another bottle (stored perfectly) over the next 2 decades to see how this wine evolves. Just remember not to lose your notes on it if you do this!


  • Comment posted by Neecies:

    4/29/2013 4:07:00 PM - Bravo, BRMASO. I agree with your every word, and plan to "get lost in the moment" real soon.

  • Comment posted by Brmaso:

    5/14/2013 2:43:00 PM - Thanks bud, and I hope you do!!! Please let me know how it is as well!

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