1976 Château Pontet-Canet

Community Tasting Note


86 Points

Sunday, January 24, 2010 - Top shoulders fill. Near-perfect cork. Gorgeous light goldeny amber totally transparent but still rich colour after a serious decant. The nose jumps straight out at you on decanting and deliver woodlands, damp red earth, loam, chinese medicine, some kind of incandescent quality and strong cedar.......a lot of evolving tertiary layers. The initial attack on the palate is very dry highly tannic and acidic with definite follow through of "wet August in England" blackberries. A bit wet and hollow on the middle plalate but with surprising length and with tart but very persistent resonance in the head on the finish. Surprisingly, this stayed the distance in the decanter and in the glass........a bit faded, austere beauty somewhat like an old faded photograph, but it never collapsed. A great experience, especially because I bought this a couple of years ago as an US$18 bin end.

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