alas I only had one bottle of this - found a a very good price years ago in a supermarket in rural France (hidden behind some other bottle). Totally classic Pauillac. Dark crimson colour and peppery nose. Elegance, structure, complexity and balance... What's not to like.
Dark crimson with little red at the edge. Lovely expressive nose of cassis, crushed blackcurrants, tea leaf and cedar. Palate mid weight and very classical Pauillac. Very pure with fine but persistent line of tannins finishing clean. An excellent wine representative of the year and terroir.
Showing its Pauillac characteristics. For me, lots of black fruit, cassis, and black tea mixed with some green tobacco. This is not a huge wine, but has the elegance I think of when someone says "2001 Bordeaux". Had with a big T-bone off the grill, it was hard not to drink the whole bottle.
Dark colour. This started out a little funky but that quickly blew off to reveal an expressive nose of dark fruits, black olives, earth, mocha, and a little green tobacco. Still some firmer tannins but they've softened slightly since last tasted in 2010. Drinking well now, in a youthful way. Still plenty development in store.
Part of a vertical of 7 bottles of P-C that we shared at an offline: 95, 96, 00, 01, 02, 05 and 08. For my money, the 2001 was the best, although the 2000 and 2002 were no slouches. The 95 and 96 were over the hill, and the 05 and 08 were still too young. But those early 2000s were just right.
Requires decanting to evolve the full beauty. Two very consistent bottles on the night. Still very much a primary wine with only the lightest touches of earthy notes, light leather and spice. The fruit is very much dominant but not out of sync and the wine has a beautiful purity and balance across. Good mid palate presence and nice length. Very good as always. 94
Drank in HK. Wonderful nose. The palate was slightly underwhelming in comparison to the big nose but this was still lovely. Drinking great right now. This is in a good spot right now with some air but will hold for a long time.
Garnet color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of tar, leather, white pepper, dried herbs, berries and cherries. Flavors of red cherries, raspberries and red berries. Bright acidity, medium to firm tannin, full bodied. Drink now with air or continue to hold.
18 måneder siden siste flaske, som framsto som noe ung. Dekantert i 4 timer. Nå er den på plass, vidunderlig nese, følger opp på smak, dette er bare herlig. Blir sikkert bedre, men dette var min siste!
Drinking very well at the moment but has some time left in the tank. Notes of cedar, tobacco, olive tapenade and graphite. Tannins a little firm but should resolve further into the fruit in due course. Overall a really good Pontet Canet and very nice result for the vintage.
I saw other TN and it seems this bottle was lesser developed. I drank it over 2 days. decanted for 2 hours, then decided this wine needs more air, decanted in total for 24 hours, smoother on the second day. still strong cassis nose, bit harsh and tannic, this needs years more of cellaring time to integrate. 92 with a long decant for now, upside for 94.
Color: dark red Nose: classic cassis, pauillac nose - cedar & graphite, fresh Palate: medium bodied, as usual with PC silky tannins, not a very complex PC but pleasurable, great balance & poise, good to drink now
Drank at Ruth's Chris in Irvine. Pop and pour. Initial nose of barnyard funk that blew off over first 30 minutes. Wine started to sing about an hour after opening. Really enjoyable considering the vintage.
We have praised this wine many times so no need for a long tasting note again. A prure joy and pure class. Needs 30 mins to open up in a decanter but post that its a sheer joy. Easily has another 10yrs of good peak life ahead. 94-95
Pontet-Canet Vertical: Similar colour to the 2000 with a little more bricking at the rim. More expressive, spicy nose than the 2000. Aromas of underbrush, cigar box and black tea, with sour cherries. Also cedar and a clear herbal element (but not green or off aromas). On palate, bright, pure red fruits, with savoury flavours of tobacco, forest floor, sous bois and spice, the acids more obvious than for the 2000. Refreshing and approachable. A leaner, lighter bodied traditional style, that the English would call Claret. The pleasant, herby element also present in the mid palate. Sufficient structure and dry extract and nicely balanced, with the tannins perhaps a little more rustic than the 2000. The same on the second evening. A good food Bordeaux, drinking well now. I would drink in the next 5 years.
Alfred said that the 2001 Pontet-Canet was a "forgotten vintage", compared with the much hyped 2000. He said that as a wine he personally preferred the 2001 to the 2000, but expected the 2000 to come through in the long run.
drank well over 2 days, dried flower pedals, tobacco and cherry candy on the nose, the plum, cedar, black tea leaves and black cherry flavors engage well with the refreshing acid and the overall feel in the mouth is uplifted, elegant and balanced, a restaurant quality wine that is built to last
Decanted for 1-2 hours. Still good for many years to come, but easily appreciated now. Classic aromas of cassis, cigar, plum, and tobaccoleaves but feels more feminine. The freshness is balanced and the tannins there, but starting to integrate. Soft mid-palate, good length.
Soft floral and Margaux like even showing velvety purple plum fruits like a right bank. Sumptuous fruit. Juicy wine for a pauillac with only a sliver of leather. This bottle is the best so far although not v correct for it appellation.
Monday night Dinner (Bedrock Bar & Grill): Signature floral nose of Pontet with blackfruits, cassis, earth, forest floor and subtle notes of tobacco and cigar box. Still primary on palate, blackfruits, cassis, polished fruits and subtle tobacco, good ripeness, robust mid-palate, and balance acidity. Aged nicely and very enjoyable now with its beautiful balance. Long lasting finish with fine tannins. Showing very well tonight and definitely one of better wine alongside Barton.
Four Birthdays and a Wedding Anniversary (Nicolas Restaurant, Teck Lim Street, Singapore): Pretty enjoyable - while not a blockbuster, it is certainly a notch up from the last time I tried it in 2008. Unlike some of the Pontet-Canet of recent years, this was quite a throwback to old-school Bordeaux, with a very classical smells and textures and flavours. The nose was a case in point, with its tea leaves and tobacco and roasted capsicums drifting through a light core of cassis and black cherry aromas. Classic Bordeaux. Same thing on the palate too, with bright acidity and slightly powdery tannins forming a nice frame for clear flavours of cassis and black cherries ringed with smoky tobacco and a little meatiness. Those slightly green, roasted capsicum notes picked up on the nose showed up again in the back-palate, where they mingled with a gentle spiciness as the wine slid away into a soft, velvety finish. A good wine, but not a great once. While I did enjoy the less modern stylings here, I must say that this missed some of the lovely depth and purity that this house has achieved in its wines in the past 8-10 vintages. In fact, it seemed a little short-handed next to a very young, but very complete bottle of 2008 Hosanna served alongside. Still though, this was drinking quite nicely and I enjoyed it pretty much.
Classic Pauillac nose of cedar, cassis, pencil lead and cigar box. In the mouth, much the same at first, before a really uplifting second wave of soft blackberry and cream. It is still a little tight, but this has improved dramatically since its youth. I remember worrying whether the tannins or the velvety fruit would win after ten years in the cellar: clearly the fruit came out on top. This is the most impressive modern PC I've tried at maturity, far better than the 96, 98 or 99: it'll be interesting to compare it to the 00.
Very good nose from get go. Aromatic and intense. Notes of dark cherry, vanilla, tobacco, oyster shell and dark chocolate with ever so slight hint of wood. Sweet and smooth on entry, firm mid-palate, slightly tart finish. Label indicated 13% alcohol with slight warmth at the end. Pretty good balance overall. Enjoyable now with long life ahead. Good value for a PC. Buy more? Maybe. 92-94 pts.
The Papies 20th Anniversary (Notting Hill Kitchen, Notting Hill, London): This vintage remains our favourite of the Pontet Canet stable and absolutely love the no nonsense purity of it. Well made and to the point with none of the new age Michel Rolland additions that make the 08,09 & 10 feel so charmless (great wines but lack the special factor). Dark in colour, youthful glossy. On the nose it needs a bit of time to develop but once it does it is just magical with lots of dark fruit, spicy and light tobacco. On the palate it is vibrant, super well made, pure and so elegant. For lovers of un-adulterated Bordeaux this should hit the spot! So sell your 08s and buy 01s that is what we did! And the more we drink this the more we think we should be selling our 09s and 10s!
Pontet Canet mini Vertical: Quite closed nose. Varietal fruit clearly still present on the palate andhas some secondary note (cigarbox, graphite, etc.) It's underlying power plus plenty of tannins and acidity suggest it can be (and would be best if) cellared for another 5-10 years. A reasonable example of its kind. 93++
À l'ouverture: un nez terreux avec des notes classiques de crayon de plomb, du cuir, une bouche vigoureuse aux tanins serrés. Besoin d'air. Deux heures plus tard, le vin est d'une précision remarquable, il commence son plateau de maturité. Un beau Pauillac classique, de corps moyen, élégant, avec une belle finale. Ce vin est magnifié sur le roastbeef de la fête des pères. 92 pts
Tasted after the 1998 PC, the 2001 was a lot more impressive.
Bright and beautiful aromas cedar, cassis, blackcurrant and cake spices; blackberry and cassis dominant in the midpalate, good firm tannic structure, flavour transitioned to a satisfying savoury twist at the end, excellent length.
Very good! Concentration vs. elegance in good balance. Still fruity nose, very balanced expression. Quite harmonious on the palate. Present but round tannins. Still young. Long. Best in another 5-10 years, not much more.
The wine looks deep garnet in color. It smells of Blackberry. It tastes like Medium Toast, Lead Pencil, Vanilla, and Oak. A typical Paullac. The body is Medium/Full. The wine has Polished texture. The wine finishes with Medium length. We ate in a Chinese Restaurant, by the time the prawn is served, we already finished a bottle of 2009 Ch. Cantenac. The Pontet goes well with this dish as well as the deep fried eel that come next. No red meat this time but just simply good pairing!
This is one comparative note for the 2001, 2002 and 2003. In color the 2001 is the most transparent and the 2003 the most dark. In the bouquet all three vintages are almost the same. Very classical with cassis and other dark forest fruits, graphite (lead pencil) and luxurious oak with a beautiful toast. On the palate the 2001 shows good dark fruits, smoke, sweet spices, some chocolate and beautiful oak. Also a beautiful balance between acidity and sweetness and soft tannin. All mentioned for the 2001 also goes for the 2002, but there is a little more extraction. Also more creaminess, coffee and finesse. The 2003 is a category of its own. Enormously concentrated, luxurious cedar, sweet spices, chocolate and intense luxurious juice, finesse and complexity. All three wines will improve with some more ageing. The 2001 will probably be at its best between 2016 and 2018. The 2002 between 2017 and 2020 and the 2003 between 2019 and 2025+. Wihout any doubt the best flight of the evening and I scored the wines as follows: 2001 - 91. 2002 - 92 and 2003 - 95+
Decanted 1 hour. No formal note. Very dark fruited, slightly smoky, some cedar, certainly approachable with fine tannins, nice fresh acidity, very good length finish. Not tremendously complex at this stage but should show improvement. Absolutely no hurry.
Lovely Pontet Canet which has a good amount of time to go. Dark olives, black cherries and dried hrbs are all there on the nose and palate. Tannins ripe but not fully resolved at this point in its evolution. Oak has been well managed and ties it all together. Opened for about 4 hours prior to Christmas luch and I think this really helped it. Really enjoyed this one.
What a great Bordeaux wine, classic in many facets, it exhibits plenty of youthful charm.
Color: A dark red to purple core, with deep red to lighter red edges. Nose: Black and red cherries, cassis, spice, licorice and sweet tobacco. Palate: The cherries and cassis unfold on the palate with a beam of bright acidity and snappy acidity. very complex, still an easy 5 years of youth and 15 years of life to go.
Lots more potential with this one, wait for another 5 years. Very nice black berry aroma with subtle spice, not all smooth around in the mouth which can be tackled by more aging. On second day, improved with no sign of going sour.... this is made of strong stuff!
Correct Bordeaux, with some oak signature and dark fruit giving pleasure, but an indeniable tightness keeps the wine tight as a drum despite a few hours of decanting. In need of more time in the cellar.
Eye: deep ruby color, with some slight sediment - did not decant. Nose: a bit flat upon first opening, some raspberries, smoke - did not open much more even after breathing for hours. Palate: a bit acidic, flavour was a bit masked but did come out later, structure was good. Body was lighter than expected and finish was not as long either.
2000-2009 vertical of Chateau Pontet-Canet, with Alfred Tesseron (Roberson Wine, South Ken, London): WOTN among the 2000>2009 flight of PC. Quite similar to the 2000 and needs some decanting too. A bit more evolved and much better structure than the 2000 though with good acidity and a solid vibrant mid palate and finish. The nose is “classic”, herby, eucalyptus, spice overlaying the fruit. Quite pleasant to drink at the moment, with round silky yet vibrant tannins. True to the form of PC it is elegant, balanced and with no make-up (AKA no oak). A truly beautiful wine. 95
In Frankreich gekauft und getrunken. Wein mit ordentlicher Struktur, cremig und dennoch recht fein. Jetzt sicher perfekt zum trinken. Der Abgang war eher kurz, sonst empfehlenswert wenn preiswert zu haben.
Dominated by dried leaves, tabacco and ash. Rich and dense but fruit seemed to be thinner than usual and lacking freshness; showing more weedy vegtal characteristics. May be an awkward phase or an advanced bottle.
Classically styled Bordeaux - lots of wonderful cliché here - pencil lead, leather, spices and some undergrowth. Starting get into its drinking window - the tannins and and acidity give the wine a fresh feel. The finish is quite firm and there is small hole on the mid palate that leaves the wine feeling a bit hollow. Pretty good stuff, but I wouldn't bother specifically seeking it out.
SD: hard to fault - tasty, this is a teflon amongst wines, nothing sticks to it, if it's in your mouth, your taste buds don't stand a chance... Just slides straight down... T: rich fruit first taste (97)... V: smooth and enjoyable to the last drop. R .. Am in agreement. Classic, on the money, quintessential, and flipping good.
Cherry and vanilla on the nose for the 1st hour. Black currant color, lead pencil, meaty and tar. Finish is a little tannic but strong to the end. Drinking very well already but think will be better if you can wait for a couple of years.
One hour in the decanter and showing quite well, a bit too much fruit initially and gradually more balanced. Pleasing but not complex, not as good as the 96 which is the last time I drank this wine. Hour 3 started to fade but those in the bottle lasted longer, probably better with bottle decanting only next time.
1/12. Medium/deep ruby core, narrow pale garnet rim. Nose is relatively youthful but aromatic with pure blackcurrant fruit, notes of strawberry, hints of cedar. Palate is medium to medium/full bodied, with very fine, already integrated tannins, attractive pure black and red berry fruit, cedar, lightly creamy and spicy with nice fresh acidity varrying a very good length, harmonious finish. Fresh, fragrant and realtively light on its feet, but with really good length, this is drinking well already. Outstanding.
Excellent showing, very youthful in color. Lifted currant and cherry fruit on the very elegant palate, with tobacco and green notes on the finish. Such stupendous balance on this that there is simply no food it cannot add color to, and it is great solo. It is ready to drink but certainly will improve for many more years as this showed quite primary but with noticeable tannin.
Garnet with narrow tawny rim. Textbook Pauillac with eucalyptus, brett, black fruit and well integrated oak. Elegant on palate with refreshing acidity and firm fine grained tannins(slightly astrigent) that balance medium full body. Still young needing 4-5 years for entering drinking window. lovely.
The wine has a beautiful bouquet with cassis, luxurious oak, cedar and a touch of pleasant barnyard. On the palate cassis, a firm amount of sweetness, soft bitterness and firm acidity and tannin Also some chocolate bitterness. Overall this wine is much too young. The tannin is round and holds a future, but the wine is not showing finesse yet. For the moment I score it 91, but there might be something extra in 2016 or later.
Some expressive alcohol heats on the nose. Chinese ink , pencil shavings, cassis stand out from the host of other flavours like currants, haw, sweet wood spices. Firm but much soften tannins, good structure and acidity with a medium mocha-like finish. A perfumy & delicious wine.
Very black nose of cassis, bacon fat, mine de crayon, cep de Bordeaux... at opening in the mouth the wine was a bit short and tannic... but after 4 hours, the wine developped beautifully integrated tannins, very long and fruity aftertaste with red berries and fresh finish... very nice Pontet from an underrated vintage
We didn't decant this which perhaps was a mistake. The nose was restrained, the fruit was way in the background with a liitle too much sour, bitter and tannic elements. It didnt improve much in glass over an hour or so. Had the same wine six months ago on our fishing trip, it was really meeting expectations. Not this time.
Decanted for ~30 mins at dinner (HK Country Club Grill Room). Overall this was disappointing perhaps due to expectations, as nose was tight and palate was very acidic. Didn't improve dramatically over time. Either the wine is overrated or it is sleeping.
Amazing wine. This bottle was just released from the Chateau. Explosive nose. Classic notes of pencil lead on the palate with a long, long finish. Lots of texture and viscosity. Fully open for business although it has a long way to go in a cool cellar. Super +++
Second time I drink this wine this year. This is overall great. Decanted for 1 1/2h in both occasions. The wine has already some mild secondary notes on the nose and palate, but this is a young wine. Great intense nose that actually delivers with the decanting. Structure is very robust with nice concentration, firm tannins, lots of fresh fruits. Medium + finish. I'd say this wine can probably age for another 10-15 years given the content and the potential to a very balanced maturity.
CT Texas Offline III; 11/18/2011-11/19/2011 (Galveston): Really heavy roast-beef on the front of the palate and on the nose. Super meaty and heavy, with notes of herbs. Great mouth-feel. Slow oxidized in the bottle for 2 1/2 hours prior to tasting. Lots of concentration and notes of cassis, blackberry, almond, and nut. Some good astringency shows that the wine has some time left to mature. Tannins will settle down and smooth out and it will be a really great vintage.
CT Texas III; 11/18/2011-11/21/2011 (Galveston, TX): Great floral nose with blackberry, bell pepper, mint, anise, red currant, tobacco. On the palate, cassis, mint, cedar, tobacco, spice, plum. Finishes with crisp acidity and powerful tannins. I really like the potential of this in the next five years. After re-corking and sitting for two days, this was really singing, giving it a 2 pt bump.
2011 Casual Session - 21 @ Jade Palace (Jade Palace Seafood Restaurant, The Forum Shopping Mall, Orchard Road): Alcohol :: 13% Decanted for about 90mins. This is the most ready Bordeaux tonight, drinking really well. The bouquet is soft, with creme de cassis, blackcurrant in the core that surrounded by mint, pepper, capsicum, earth, ink and touch of alcohol. This is matured quite well for a 10yrs old Pontet, the tannin has mellowed down quite a bit and almost fully integrated to the firm structured that balance by good concentration of sweet berry fruits. Bitter cocoa, graphite, a bit powdery mouth feel that leads to the very powerful, long finish with mineral. Not bad.
Not sure what the fuss is about with Pontet-Canet. 01 was a cooler year and this had the hallmarks of well made Bordeaux but didn't seem to deliver at a level consistent with the hype surrounding it. Subdued and a bit on the bitter side, good but not great.
After four sullen, uncommunicative bottles, this one suggests that its beginning to integrate, shed its harsh edges and generally get its act together. Its not quite there, though, still noticeable oak and plenty of tannin, but the fruit is coming to the fore, there's an initial lightness, with hints of lavender as well as black and red fruit. 7 left, plenty of time left to drink them.
Très belle bouteille. Donnait l'impression d'être encore bien jeune! Les arômes de torréfaction se déploient tranquilement pendant le carafage. Au bout de 3-4 heures, le vin est puissant, séduisant et très équilibré.
w Roast chicken and salads [@ OxGdns w SD]: SD says.. tasted old. Not in a faded glory, Norma Desmond fallen star way, more ripe, wise and in its prime. Rich fruity notes tickled the tongue making it itch for another delicious claret-y sip. RMW cannot disagree - lovely poise; elegant and very Pauillac. Beautifully integrated fruit/tannin/acidity/alcohol. Tip top ...my score:94
Strange impressions of this vintage tonight. Blackberry, cassis, seashell dominate the palate. Some sourness throughout, and a tight tannic bite at the end. If you concentrate, banana hovers in the background. Seemed a little sloppy by comparison to previous showings. (0 views)
This was much better than the bottle I had a couple months ago. I did decant this for 3 hours and drank over 4 more. Paired with grilled Rib Eye. Ripe cherry, anise and tar on the nose. Drinking nicely, balanced, medium bodied Pauillac with red fruit, cassis and a little barnyard funk on the palate. I was a little surprised at how well this was holding up after 7 hours in the decanter. This 01 is in its drinking window and should last for another decade+. Glad I have more.
Very impressive nose of intense, concentrated dark fruit. Quite vegetal on the palate in a caramelised, bbq kind of way. I would think another 3-5 years would see this peak. Decanted for 5 or so hours but was still getting better.
Chateau Pontet Canet Vertical 1994-2004 plus 1990: Nose was initially closed but opened up to reveal cassis, rosted coffee beans, white pepper, smoke, chocolate and some medicinal aromas. Medium bodied and elegant and very flavorful. Intense tannins and flavors of cedar, black fruit and graphite make a very serious palate. Has reached drinking plateau and has one the best noses of this vertical.
Ruby - a little fade at the rim; Rich, complex fruit. Open and lifted with mineral herbaceous notes. Good concentration; quite light on the palate - medium bodied at most. Good flavour. Lacking a little weight really to be the complete package. Tannins very fine.
Un nez sur le sang, le cèdre et la mine de crayon, assez complexe. En bouche, les tannins sont présents mais granuleux. Beaucoup de cerises au Kirsch avec pas mal de graphite, finale longue et vaporeuse, c'est beau et pourra durer encore des années.
Dark ruby and garnet hue. Predominantly meaty and nutty overtone with a complex bouquet of filet mignon, black pepper and ginseng and aromas of black currant, blackberry, black cherry and licorice embraced by notes of pencil shaving, graphite, leather, smoke, coffee and tobacco. Medium body. Sour cherry, plum, blackberry on the attack, a little thin and light in style, lacking heat, richness and concentration. Very silky tannin and still bright acidity forming a rather soft structure, leading to a short to medium finish. This wine certainly has that complex elements on the finish but lacks the heat and power to bring out the ultimate depth and excitement. This is one of those wines that really excites you on the nose but disappoints you on the palate. Drink now.
Decanted for 3 hours and enjoyed with a lovely grilled entrecôte and Sarladaise potatoes. Still drinks like the very young wine that it is. Probably only medium weight with typical Pauillac nose and palate - plenty of pencil, graphite but also a certain meatiness reminiscent of charcuterie. Tannins are still quite firm and this wine will certainly benefit for a few more years in the cellar. The 02 I had last year was more approachable but this does have the fruit and structure to evolve for a while yet. Good but not top notch PC.
Excellent value, dense deep ruby red, vanilla, cedar and cassis nose, medium to full body, velvety entry after 2 hours of decanting, rich cassis, black fruits and great minerality mid palate, decent but not outstanding finish. Overall extremely enjoyable wine.
Impressive! Fantastic, very complex nose. Not as big as the 2000 but more elegant. Big, fruity and good on the palate, but slightly tight and tannic. I will try to wait at least 4-5 years before opening one of my bottles (but 10-15 would be even better).
Decanted for 2 hours prior to drinking, way too short a time to fully enjoy this wine. Nonetheless, dense blood dark red color, slight signs of ageing. Nice nose of leather, tar, cassis and blackcurrant fully reflected on the palate. Great entry and super finish rich with intense cassis and black currant, however slightly lacking mid palate. Possibly ageing or a longer decant would improve. Will try another bottle with proper decanting. Medium to full body.
WS Vancouver Offline (Vancouver): This was without doubt the red WOTN for everyone. However, my WOTN was the 07 Doisy Vedrines. On to the notes: cassis, spices, blackberry, licorice, leather texture, dry finish, and well hidden acidity. Rich but very elegant on the palate. Felt like a St Julien wine more than Pauillac. Also it was versatile with food pairings. 92-94 points.
WS Offline (Vancouver, BC): Decanted for 3 hours prior to tasting. Dark, almost black in the glass. A huge, wonderful nose on this, with sweet dark fruit, cassis, fig, and black pepper coming through. Quite a bit lighter on the palette than I was expecting compared to the nose, showing stewed dark plums, and leather characteristics. Very elegant. Lots of tannin, but well integrated at this point after a good decant. A long, dry finish, with some prune notes. Will wait a couple more years before trying another, but still very enjoyable at this point in it's life.
Robe rubis encore assez sombre. Nez très expressif et très concentré sur les petits fruits rouges et noires +++, et le pruneau (à l'armagnac) ++. Notes mentholées, de chocolat, de cuir, de poivron, de fumée, d'encre+. Il me semble reconnaître des notes de réduction+. Magnifique. Bouche avec un fruité très pure sur la cerise, la mure, la tomate (cote un peu salin). C'est frais, équilibré, puissant et gouleyant. Tannins très fins. Milieu et finale sur le café, le chocolat et la réglisse.
Dark ruby color. Very expressive nose with concentrated red and black berries +++, dried plum (with armagnac) ++. Notes of menthol, chocolate, leather, bell pepper, smoke and ink+. I think I smell reductions notes+. Wonderful nose. The palate is fruit forward with cherry, blackberry and tomato (slightly salty). Fresh, balanced, powerful and lush. Very fine tannins. Coffee, chocolate and licorice from mid palate to finish.
The seoncd of three loose bottles of this (I also have an un-opened case). Drank this one over Christmas - no formal note taken at the time. Decanted for several hours, but still not ready to come together really (see previous note). This time the wine did not seem as massive as the first bottle; however it still needs several years for the various competing elements (fruit; oak; tannin; acidity; alcohol) to integrate. Great potential here I think, but be patient!!
92pts, nice nose evocative, palate is subdued. Freshness, dryness typical of the vintage? Slight disappointment given the price, but all in all still pleasurable with decent concentration of acid, lacks sweetness although cooked fruit is present. Lacks complexity on the finish which is short/medium
Solid wine but probably weakest Pontet Canet I've tasted (despite 93 I gave this in June 09). Very nice nose. Red fruit, kirsch, anise, leather, cedar and earth. Very nice layered development. The structure is not quite there on the palate. Average tannin, a little bulky. Not as fine as I'm used to with the Pontet Canet. Some olive, salinity and minerals on the palate. Pairs well with food. This was probably priced right upon release (at under $50).
Was fortunate enough to try this twice in the same week. Decanted for two hours. This bottle was less evolved than the previous. Still quite primary, but the tannins are smooth. Layers of dark fruit, cedar, and graphite.
Popped and poured. Needed an hour and a half to begin to open up. Sumptuous layers of darker fruits with a smoky, burned cedar element. Still some firm tannins. Not quite ready for prime time drinking, but still utterly delicious.
It is hard to rate this wine at this stage, since it definitely needs many more years to show its full potential. The nose is extremely nice, however, with fresh, elegant red berries dominating. Relatively light and tannic on the palate. (I would say it has potential to around 93, but probably not higher.)
BdX 01/04 (Oslo): Black currants, bonfire, a little oak – and indeed a little refinement; moderate+ length, moderate tannins, good dryness. Fresh, food friendly, but lacks depth and complexity. Marginally disappointing.
No formal notes - Good nose with dark fruit, cedar, pencil shavings and some earthy, leathery notes. Good start, medium body with dark fruit and some herbs and a little mineral touch. Long, chewy finish. Well balanced, mouth-filling with some complexity. Excellent stuff.
Colour - Rusty purple. Some gradation. Nose - Not alot of fruit, but some interesting complexities. Palette - Nice blackberry and blackcurrent fruit. Some well intergrated tannins. Reasonably delicate, not over extracted. Tasted at the LCBO tasting counter and then bought a bottle. We'll see what that holds.
Decanted and drank. Dark, deep ruby color. Very prominent bouquet of blackberry, cedar and currants. Very, very fine medium body, barely any perceptible tannins but still not flabby. 60 second finish, we drank this over 90 minutes and it was still going strong till the last sip.
8 hour decant, poured back in bottle, held overnight, drank the next day. Youthful ruby color. BANANA, cassis, blackberry, brown sugar, some sea shell. Mid-palate slightly hollow, but nice smooth, exotic Pauillac.
A Beauty Clear, Dary, ruby, very little aging Plenty of nose, my initial impression is rasberry, but cassis in here as well, also vanilla. + a kind of farmyard funk and rotting straw. Dry, med acidity, full bodied and long long finish. Sweet, integrated tannins
On 1st opening a little astringent, but decanted for about 2 hours. Then it started to open up. By 3+ hours it really came into it's own. Delicious dark cherry, blueberry, and slight smoke. At first a little licorice but that turned more cedarish. Very smooth but still great body. Much more of a classic bordeaux than the typical current Parker influence over the top trend.
I remember tasting when I first bought and was in love. I've had a few bottles since that disappointed. I think it just went dumb for awhile, and perhaps is now coming into it's own.
I think points are very subjective. Today Parker rates wines in the high 90's that I simply can't enjoy. But I'd certainly put this up there in the 94+, at least. Definitely better with food. .
Shows a good bite on the front end with more acidity then I was expecting. Fruit is nice and there's good body as well. I was looking for a little more of the earthy characteristics and that aspect never really emerged. Drying tannins on the back end. Pretty good but it falls short in comparison to more recent vintages of Pontet-Canet. If you have the choice, get the 02 instead of the 01.
S$100. Not decanted, drunk over 3 hours. Served blind to me by my wife. Quite a classic Pauillac with the dark fruits and minerals present in this wine. The length of this wine was, for me, the saving grace. Quite a long finish and that was what made me guess that this was not a cheap (<$50) bottle. However, I don't think this wine is very balanced. Too much tannins with not enough fruit and complexity showing. I think maybe in 5 years it may open up to be more revealing, but as of now, this is not ready to be drunk. With this label, $100 is a fair price though I don't think I'll buy many more of this wine.
This needed time to shake out the creases from bottle, but on this occasion it didn't get it - pop and pour. Inky and full-bodied with great Pauillac typicity, but perhaps lacking a little grace. All the components seem to be there but they're slightly out of balance and need time to integrate. Still rather tight and primary. I like it - I like it a lot - but at the moment it's all about potential. Try another one in 2-3 years. 89+
Decent, but not stunning wine. The nose has all the right ingredients for a classic Paulliac but the palate falls short - a bit watery, with a gaping hole on the mid-palate. Average - there are better wines in this vintage for half the price.
-- popped and poured -- -- tasted non-blind over 4 hours --
NOSE: very ripe fruit - blackberries; lots of oak; hint of graphite; not funky.
BODY: garnet w/mollasses hue throughout; color is of medium-deep depth; lots of fine particulate matter; medium-full bodied.
TASTE: blackberries; lots of oak; hint of funky earthiness; well-balanced with soft tannins; this is a huge wine, and really needs at least 5, if not 15, more years. Has potential to score higher if some oak gets absorbed. Strong "Hold" recommendation on this one.
Un nez des plus agréables qui nous permet de rêver à un grand vin : un Pauillac on ne peut plus typé au nez, avec des arômes de mines de crayon, de cuir et de boîte à cigares. Malheureusement, la bouche ne suit tout simplement pas, avec peu de fruits, une matière presque mince et une finale qui s’arrête avant d’avoir débutée. Considérant le prix, ce vin déçoit. La seule que j’ai en cave attendra encore quelques années, en espérant que la matière sorte de sa coquille! (?). 88.
Dark blue purple. A but reserved, but has the currant, pencil shavings, and cigar box aromas of a good Bdx. On the palate, still reserved, but certainly with plenty of fruit concentration and balancing acids. One gets the sense the wine's best days are still ahead provided the fruit opens up a bit. Nice persistent finish. Good pairing with a rei-eye.
pretty purple fruits on nose, unmistakably Pauillac. Don't recall much about the palate, except that this was still too young to drink - surprisingly tannic, didn't get to really concentrate on this one, had only a small taste
The first of 3 loose bottles (there is also a case yet to be attacked). Decanted approx 2 hours. Intense, deep indigo-purple colour, deep hue right out to the edge, almost opaque, showing really no development at all. The nose continues in similar vein - a very full-on bouquet of piercing blackcurrant and blackberry, black cherry, and other quite primary (but oak-driven) elements such as caramel. As it opens out, aromas of cedar and pencil shavings also appear. Each aroma is itself very impressive but they have yet to resolve in any meaningful way. The same theme is continued on the palate - a spicy but delicious entry which is heavy on oak gives way to a huge, mouthfilling wealth of blackberry, cassis, coffee and cherry on the mid-palate, the flavours striving manfully to mask the massive tannins until the latter emerge on the finish, which is dry and tannic but nevertheless very long. This wine potentially has everything in spades (massive, pure, fruit; oak notes; a wealth of ripe tannins; length and purity on the palate; beautifully judged acidity to string it all together) ... but for now it is a mere infant, all these building blocks of a potentially stunning wine just jumbled together in the glass without having yet knit together. This is intriguing, and I am glad I have a good stock of further bottles through which to monitor its development. Excellent, but hold for some time.
Un Pauillac avec encore de l'élevage au nez, sans que ce soit déplaisant. De plus en plus agréable avec l'aération. En bouche le vin est typé, droit et fort bien équilibré, assez élégant tout en montrant une bonne vigueur. Excellent mais il lui manque toutefois un peu d'ampleur et de longueur pour le prix qu'il commande et la réputation du cru. 89-90 pts
Depuis qu'il gère cette propriété, Alfre Tesseron en titre des vins remarquables, probablement les meilleurs de la lkongue histoire de ce cinquième cru de Pauillac, voisin de Mouton Rotchild. Très fidèle à l'esprit du millésime, cet excellent vin de mouture médocaine déploie une trame passablement soutenue, constituée de tanins mûrs et éléguants. Déjà ouvert et assez étoffé pour tenir la route jusqu'en 2015, au moins. Excellent XXXX Phaneuf 3 août 2009
Inky black/purple. Strong cassis aromas on the nose, but still very primary. Very youthful on the palate. some coffee, dark fruit and lots of structure. This has great concentration and I can see it evolving into something special but its still very young. Surprised that a 2001 would be this early in its evolution.
Dinner at Bibou - BYOB in Philadelphia (1009 South 8th Street): I was surprised at how well this was drinking tonight. Bright and fresh nose. Grass, minerals, red fruit, damp earth and graphite. This is contrast to some of the bigger and more powerful Pontet Canets. This has a young bright and fresh profile. Not particularly rich or complex on the palate, which is not to say that this is not a very good wine -- it is. But it was very different from some other vintages that I have tasted recently. Palate featured black fruit, currant, some earth tones. Decent complexity. Sweet tannins leading to a very nice medium to long finish. This is drinking very well right now. We'll have to wait and see how the other bottles will age.
Nose: Elegant, red fruit, some earth.. typical pauillac... Palate: Red fruit, cedar, moderately complex. However body is thin, low on acid, tannins rather weak.. Finish is rather short. Wine is elegant and classy but comes across watered down. This wine must be decanted for at least 2 hours for its character to surface.
A flight of bord 01s and others: Lifted pepper and perfumed smoked leather. Just a squeeze of capsicum and some pencil shavings. Ripe but grippy acidity, very lively with almost grapefruit like acidity. Unfortunately , it is not paillac enough being so fresh and doesn't have enough green capsicums as previous pontets tasted.
Pontet-Canet verticle, oenophiloi wine club, 2/11/2009, Athens. The weakest wine of the bunch, but still very good. Ruby-garnet with a large watery miniscus. Liquorice, cassis and ceddar on the nose. Mid-bodied, with soft tanins, good fruit and high acidity. Long finish. Very approachable already, but has the potential to improve in the mid-term.
88 is what I thought this drank like last night after some air but easily better in a few more years. From the pop a gorgeous nose with cranberry, cedar. In the mouth a little tight at first with a sour acidity predominating. Finish is moderate length with smooth and fading tannins. After an hour or so in a decanter, mouthfeel and tastes much improved, becoming rounder and "fruit-full."
Very little fruit or that typical "Pauillac" smell on the nose. Rim beginning to turn a brick colour. Not a huge amout going on initially but the tannins seemed well balanced so this could be really good in the future. Opened up a little as the evening went on but really needs quite a bit more time. I know the 01's are being touted as one of the vintages to stock up on whilst waiting for the 05's, rather than going for the 07's. Could well be true but this is not ready yet.
Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux 2005 vintage tasting and dinner (Conrad Interntational, Singapore): UGC dinner. I am a great Pontet Canet fan, but I must this was disappointing after the absolutely stupendous 2005 tasted in the afternoon and the really delicious 2003 that I last had. Slight mushroomy nose, with some wet, mossy stone. On the palate, very distinct 2001 character in the tight, grippy tannins and slightly sour acid. Enough structure to go on for years, but like the last poster, I would ask "where is the fruit?" Well made as always, but this is in deep sleep at the moment and needs lots and lots of time.
I agree with the last comments "Nice claret, approachable, with slate and graphite dominating the fruit a little bit". I never found the fruit though. I think it is wound up a bit tight and needs some time in the bottle. Three years as one review suggests. Maybe.
Very juicy cassis, some paprika, good bitterness and acidity. Firm wine with a lot of tannin. Not extremely full bodied, but definitely a lot of power present. When ready, probably a little higher score possible. Try next in 2011.
Allowed to breathe in the bottle for 2 hours prior to decanting at restaurant. Deep ruby color. Nose offers a beautifully pure expression of black and red fruits, but did not find any cassis, leather or tobacco that some posters noted. In the mouth, the wine is still primary with pure blackberry and raspberry, finishing with a hint of fine black pepper. Has not yet developed typical Pauillac secondary characteristics. Medium-bodied, some astringent tannin dissipated after the wine had been opened for 4 hours. Finish is relatively short at 15-20 seconds. Overall the wine is fairly well integrated at this time, but needs additional time--perhaps another 3-5 years to reach maturity. This wine should merit a higher score in the future, but I was expecting more now based on Jancis Robinson's October 2007 re-review (18/20 -- tying or besting most of the 01 first growths). Simply does not have the elegance, depth or power of a first or second growth. Certainly a very good buy at $30, though it is difficult to find this wine for under $55 now. At a similar price point, much prefer the 98 Pichon Baron.
Awesome rich leather and cherry, complex, full and delicious. Drank with grilled lamb, classic and perfect. This bottle could easily be many times the $ it costs. A+ (Bought 4 more bottles the next day).
Dark ruby red. Nose of tobacco, finely comminuted mineral dust, olive, cassis, and caramel, surprisingly expressive for the relative youth of this wine (my wife guessed a 10 year old Pauillac). In the mouth, only missing the depth and sheer volume of the best vintages, but intensely flavored cassis and mineral tones, with the impeccable balance between the fine tannins and the ripe fruit persisting through the finish. Showing real finesse, this is one of the most aristocratic of the Pontet Canet I have had. Drinking surprisingly well right now.
2001 Bordeaux (Virginia): Part of a 2001 Bordeaux tasting. For value (sub-$40) this was one of the standouts of the tasting for me. Med weight; good balance and structure filled out nicely by fairly lush balack fruit. Tobacco notes. Chocolate. A touch of oak. Very nice.