Blind Tasting of 13 reds, 1 white and 1 Champagne at Behrens am Kai in Dusseldorf
7th Flight together with Pichon Lalande 2000
A lot of cassis, crispy black currant, fresh acidity, not that balanced as the Comtesse 2000, the tannins are too strong in this stage, a lot of power and minerality, next try in 5 years probably,but long fruity finish. 93 - 94
As good or better than I remember. Rich fruit and nuanced cedary nose. Medium-high acidity on palate and a lovely texture for such a big wine. Finish is rich with elegant tannins and a a long aftertaste.
Decanted for a day. This is ready to drink if you have a case. If you only have a few, wait. The strucure is substantial, the finish is lengthy and hopefully I'm interpreting correctly that there is a lot of promise and future here of complexity and interest as we see the move toward secondary and tertiary. Should move up in score if it fulfills the promise.
One of the strangest wines I've tasted in recent memory. Decanted about 8 hours. Thin, dessicated, very little fruit. Improved somewhat over the next couple of days. I'd probably give this an 80, but I'm going to assume this bottle was bad, perhaps stored in a hot warehouse for years. It wasn't corked and didn't really taste oxidized. Not a pleasurable tasting experience.
A good whiff of dark fruit and creamy vanilla in the nose, which after some decanting gave way to some familiar lead pencil and faint tarry notes. There is good balance in the wine, and it wasn't overly heavy. But even for a youngish wine as this, I thought follow through on the palate was a little short, and there wasn't much complexity that could hold my interest for long. Not bad, but not remarkable either -- for now
At first whif...Im in pauiilac country. Great wine, but not very complicated today...Unfortnately it needs time to develop, but I doubt that the medium finish will get longer with time...So, drink or hold.
K&L Bordeaux Tasting (K&L, San Francisco): One of the only wines at this tasting not decanted because it was already showing well. Nose has intense nose with strong soy and umami, blackberry fruit, complex and balanced; palate is full bodied, balanced acidity, tannins integrated and maybe just slightly drying, balanced blackberry fruit; medium length. Very nice, maturity on the nose, ready to drink now but will have a decade ahead. 94-95.
Nose of green pepper, geosmin, animal hide. Supple, but the palate is showing still a lively core with a bit of grip with notes but very reserved palate blueberry, cassis, cigar box, but not terribly delineated but a solid dry elegant finish. No rush here. I can't imagine it getting much better, but it's a solid triple. 89-90
Decanted for two hours before tasting. I herby withdraw my earlier prediction that this wine wouldn’t peak until the mid 2020-ies, because yesterdays bottle was just stunning. Layers of rich blackcurrant and blueberry fruit, backed up by hints of dry soil, cigar ash, exotic spices and cedar-wood. Still young and structured, but is now beginning to display the level of generosity, depth and balance you would hope for in a wine like this. Assuming representativeness, I would suggest waiting another two to three years if you only have one bottle. If you, on the other hand, are lucky enough to own many, I would space them evenly throughout the next decade and perhaps save one for post 2030 if you expect to be alive by then (95-96 points).
We started the evening with 2005 Pommard to go with the fish course. We finished the meal with this Pontet-Canet and cheeses. Maybe it was the sequence or maybe it is just this wine, but it is a huge wine. The nose pours out big juicy fruit. The wine almost seems fleshy. It would likely completely overpower many foods, but paired well with several strong, flavorful cheeses. The wine is bold, but round. There is good acid upon entry and it finishes with silky, smooth tannins. As the bottle aired more (started with 2 hour decant), the bold fruit started to become calm, and the smokiness of the oak aging yielded to some of the characteristic graphite and lead pencil of the Bordeaux. I have had the opportunity to taste several 1st & 2nd growth Bordeaux's from the 2000 vintage. I would say that the Pontet-Canet stands quite tall among these wines with a little more richness and flavorfulness.
"ATS" Wine Group, Spring Gathering: This provided a great counterpoint to the TRB Napa bruisers served alongside. Quite dry but sturdy - Bordeaux profile of currants and plums - it wasn't as forward as some other Pontet Canets that I've liked in the past. Not ready yet? Longer decant needed?
Dark color, tobacco, leather on the nose. Palate was rich with just a hint of tannin among the mature fruit flavors. Really enjoyable. Drinking fine now and I suspect will hold up for quite some time to come. Light sediment. Best red of the year (so far)
The nose was dark yet very pretty, with crushed red berry, hints of herbs, savory reduction, and airy citrus notes providing lift. On the palate, I found soft yet engaging textures with notes of tart cherry, autumnal spice, and slight bitter berry tone. This was wonderfully fresh, while remaining smooth and fun, finishing with a hint of tannin with lingering notes of cherry.
About as good as this will get. Perfect showing and in a perfect place with excellent balance between the tart black fruit, acidity, smooth sweet tannins, and plenty of cigar box, pencil shavings and leather.
Funky nose, some underlying dark fruit. Good balance, medium acidity, some herbal notes. Seamless tannins, medium sweet finish. Will definitely improve with some time in the cellar, would like to see a bit more development.
In the bouquet beautiful and slightly mature cassis and good oak. Not really as exclusive as I hoped for, but nevertheless beautiful and a bit rustic. On the palate everything you can expect from a good Pauillac, so good cassis, some graphite, a firm body with good acidity and powerful tannin. The tannin is a bit drying in the finish and still holds a promise. I have a few and I had the intention of opening my first bottle this year, but after tasting it today, I think I should put it away for 2017. 92+
No formal notes. Served next to the 2009. Quite approachable and open, fine fruit, tobacco, lead pencil on the nose. On the palate rich, round and well balanced. Not incredibly complex or long, but still very good. 92-94
U Club selection. Dark and inky color, looking youthful. Nose opened up with wet earth, spiced cassis eventually moving toward soft fruit, saddle leather and jam, with good austerity still lingering. The air time definitely showing benefits. On the palate clean BDX profile of dark fruit, fresh mintyness, herb, tobacco and stones. Drinking quite nicely now.
3 hour decant. I tasted a bit when first opened and it didn't really evolve much with the decant. Dark red purple with a cedar and graphite nose that followed through to the palate. Sweet cherry and cassis on the attack with saddle leather and lead pencil on the finish.
Gorgeous and massive wine that I decanted for three hours and revealed enticing aromatics of cassis, smoke and spice, truffles, rich and ripe black fruit. Full bodied, balanced, textured, sturdy but enveloping tannins, this winning wine fills the mouth with a classic and caressing finish.
Hint of Molten lava that tapers of in a long finish that swaths the mouth with a kryptonite after taste.I would recommend it to one and all ( ........mannnn....but you guys take yourselves seriously ) Cheers
Starting to show maturity on the nose with some secondary stable notes. The dark fruit is there but in an unidentifiable way apart from the cassis notes. Great acidity, ripe fine tannins and the fruit in a great harmony. Some earthy notes and a long and slightly dry finish. Felt like it starts to drink well but still very early, but this wine must have a great future ahead. Started slow but opened up gradually over the course of the evening. Tasted blind. 93-94p
A great wine that won the second flight, not by much though. Took some time for it to come around but when it did it really delivered. Developed nose with lots of malty, earthy aromas together with plenty of funk and barnyard, slightly overripe fruit, cherries and plums together with coffee and chocolate.
Slightly unbalanced at first, but with some air and time it gets in to shape. Round, but present tannins, high acidity, medium+ body slender body with a great intensity and length. More of a elegant wine than a power wine. Might still need some years in the cellar.
Bordeaux 2000: dégustation horizontale (Restaurant Tandem): Un beau nez de mûres, avec un peu de viande fumée et plus tard, des notes de café. Superbe bouche soyeuse qui évoque St-Julien, c'est frais et d'un équilibre presque idéal, même s'il ne montre pas encore de complexité aromatique. Magnifique finale. Un vin moins spectaculaire que le précédent (Lynch Bages), mais très beau. 93 pts
Very nice wine, but did not blow me away either. The nose was amazing upon opening. I slow o'd it for 4 hours and served with grilled lamb chops. perfect match. The tannins are soft and the wine is nicely balanced with beautiful red fruit. I have 3 more and will wait a couple years before trying again.
New York Wine Experience Trip; 10/14/2014-10/21/2014 (New York City, NY): Opaque ruby/red, this wine delivers aromas and flavors of black currants, anise, dried herbs, fig and bittersweet chocolate. Full-bodied, freshly acidic and with substantial tannic grip, it is still quite youthful. Listed as 13%, the wine's alcohol is nicely integrated. Solid in the middle and concluding with a lengthy but dry finish, this is simply in need of additional cellar time. It has all the makings of something special and may merit a higher score in the future. Drink 2018-2030.
This wine was amazing. Took a sip while putting in the dacanter and it was thin and tannic. Decanted 3 hours and boy did it put on weight. Lots of structure and tannins that are starting to resolve themselves. Forest floor, leather and a good dark fruit backbone. Just kept getting better over the 3 hours we enjoyed it. Despite the pros this is drinkable now with a proper decant but give it time to develop and you will be rewarded.
could be that this is in a dumb phase but not worth the price at this point (and i am a fan of PC generally post 2003), nose was nondescript and light, color was good ruby red, i'm a fan of lighter elegant wines (or at least enough acid to balance) but this wine tasted too light, some light fruit and nothing secondary, didn't feel like it had the material to improve over time so won't buy more… based on this bottle i wouldn't buy even at lower price point (say 90-100)
Slow ox for 4 hours, enjoyed with other 2000s. Dark red in color, with dark red and black fruits, some spice and cedar. What a wonderful wine. Tannins and fruit in balance and maturing well. Intense but approachable. Good amount of time ahead.
I have to say, this was pretty good. Don't have a full note, but it was deep, but balanced - good dark fruit: cassis and dark berries, well structured with some minerality and other aspects like coffee and dark chocolate. It wasn't heavy, had good acid, and came off quite well. Probably around a 15.5-16/20.
The 2000 vintage of Chateau Ponet-Canet is now aged to perfection and quite seriously takes home the blue ribbon for the best wine we’ve clinked glasses to all year. The nose of black fruits and cedar come through on the palate by means of intense notes of smoked peat and fresh cassis. Forgo the food pairing. This start-to-finish masterpiece is the main course itself.
Difficult to rate. In the beginning it was a little bit disappointing. After some hours it got better. But then, the next day it really showed, that it's a great wine. So there is one main conclusion: Wait for another 3 years. At least.
Pontet Canet vertical tasting dinner organized by a local merchant: Medium garnet. This nose was fairly classic Medoc with tobacco, dark fruit, coffee and spices. Medium bodied with secondary aromas and nice mid mouth feel. Not too heavy and no presence of heat in this vintage. The tannins are slightly drying. This falls into the category of solid claret but a step away from great.
Purchased upon release and cellared in pristine fashion, this bottle was double-decanted prior to serving at a walk-around Memorial weekend party. It was allowed approximately five hours in decanter prior to funneling back into the cleaned bottle. Still opaque ruby/red and showing youthful aromas of cassis, fennel, dried herbs and dark chocolate, it follows with similar flavors on the palate. Full-bodied, freshly acidic and still with substantial tannic grip, this offering has barely reached adolescence. Solid in the middle and seamlessly alcoholic (13%), it concludes with a long, dusty finish. While still in need of time, there is no doubt that this is superb, classically-styled Pauillac. Drink 2018-2030.
Opened but not decanted 10 hours before dinner. Took this to an offline at Weber Grill with Xhoser. Last had this on release in 2003. This was the first of the 3 bottles I purchased. Dark crimson color. A full bodied wine with firm but not harsh tannins. Multilayered with notes of ripe berries, cassis, truffles and saddle leather. Smooth and long finish. This has improved since release but still has some improvement left in it. Among the best bottles I have had from this estate (perhaps only bested by the 2005). Liked this better than the 1994, 1995,1996,1997, 1999 and 2003. 93-94+ points.
Double decanted and consumed the following 6hrs. Entering maturity with obvious tobacco and leather notes in front of the dark fruit and smoke notes on the nose. A very dark black fruit profile on the full-bodied palate with some fine tannins still evident on the extended finish. Some gravely earth notes also show up on the back end. Despite the ripeness, no heat distracted. While impressive, I did yearn for a little more freshness and precision, though. Almost no change throughout the night. Unlike many 2000s, these are open and could be enjoyed now.
Tasted at NYC Wine Spectator event. Dark, purplish color, nose of dark fruits, tobacco & black pepper. Concentrated dark fruits-blackberries mostly, tobacco, cassis and tar. Extremely complex, & intense, yet a well-structured wine, with great length. Though obviously an infant, this is now and will be a fabulous wine for a long time. Best wine I tasted this nite
Pontet-Canet Vertical: See my earlier tasting note on this wine. I wanted to re-taste this to see if the last bottle was faulty. Shared blind with two guys who were also at the Pontet-Canet vertical. Colour deep red/black. The guys have this as Left Bank Bordeaux and are talking vintages younger than 2000 but despite being at the Pontet-Canet tasting do not recognise it, let alone the vintage. On nose and particularly on palate there is a freshness and liveliness not present in the tasting bottle, which must have been a bad bottle. The descriptors on bouquet and palate are as below without any hint of flatness, evolution or tiredness. A classy wine, you could drink now, but I'd still give this 5+ years.
Served at lunch in Chateau Pontet Canet during the 2013 En Primeur, with Alfred Tesseron
Colour: deep garnet Nose: Rich intense ripe fruits, black cherries, redcurrants, cassis, spice, tobacco and earth, with a savoury "sous bois". Palate: powerful, rich, smooth integrated tannins, with flavours of cherries, blackcurrants, blackberries, spice, liquorice, savoury flavours, almost full bodied, good concentration, good length, well integrated, but somewhat is missing in the complexity of palate.
Pontet-Canet Vertical: Colour deep garnet, just beginning to soften at the rim. A lovely bouquet of bright red fruits, raspberries, red cherries, redcurrants, cassis, spice, tobacco and earth, with a savoury element and some autumn leaves. On palate, relatively primary and tight. Flavours of cherries, blackcurrants, blackberries, with spice and liquorice and a savoury element. Medium weight but with good concentration, power and length. Firm but relatively fine grained tannins, perhaps showing some evolution. Oak well integrated. Quite fresh and precise with reasonable acid balance. However, flat and tired. There was a lively debate about whether the awkwardness of this wine was due to it being shut down or prematurely evolved, with me thinking the former. Overall, disappointing. Perhaps it's just at a bad stage. I wouldn't open for 5 + years. 91, but later considered flawed, see above.
Alfred described this as "perhaps a bit overrated" but (what he thought would be) "the vintage of my life" (until he saw, in turn, the 2005, the 2009, then the 2010).
Agree with most of the previous notes drinking well right now and opened up fairly quickly after a decant. Not sure if it has another 10 years as some say, as on day two the fruit had faded substantially.
Garnet color opaque and dense colored with some a little brick to the edge. The smells are espresso, tea, leather, earth, mushroom, currants, blackberries, and leaves. The tastes are spice, savory meat, currants, blackberry, bell pepper, hoisin, and cigar leaf. The weight is medium and the tannins are furry and ripe. The finish is nice and the acidity is refreshing.
Opened and decanted for 5 hours. Very youthful. Great dark fruits such as blackberries, with firm tannins and a good structure. Well integrated after the decanting. Did better than the 2000 Calon Segur. Will last another 10 years at least.
Bordeaux 2001 Blind Tasting (+ two 2000s): Full Bordeaux-Red. In the nose, this is very full and rich, meaty, plummy, fine and precise. There are graphite notes, a whiff of oak that gets more prominent with air, a compact core of fruit. Rather rich, but beautiful already. On the palate, it's quite full again, it's got quite prominent acidity, it's precise, very direct, juicy, tasty. Very long with nice acidity and spiciness in the finish. Still a bit young, but delicious already.
Verticale Pontet Canet le 19.10.2013 @ Genève en présence de M. Tesseron, propriétaire du Château.
Le millésime 2000 présente un vin ultra-concentré et superbement balancé. Un nez aux notes grillées (pain toast). Une belle acidité et un potentiel d'évolution aussi vaste que notre imagination. Une très belle réussite.
The 2000 Pontet-Canet is medium purple in colour (very very slight garnet rim) with a rather intensive nose of prominent secondary development – cedar, vanilla, coffee, leather skin, woody spice and hoisin sauce, yet with underlying fresh primary fruits of prunes and blackcurrants.
On the palate, the wine welcomes the initial entry of secondary leathery notes of cedar, wood spice and liquorice that coats over some primary fruit flavours of black currants, thick-skinned plums and dark prunes. Tannins have slightly evolved resulting in them being rounder but still rather powerful. Good drive that powers the wine flavours on the palate. Acidity comes up from the mid-end palate on a prolonged finish. Expressive nose and palate with a great structure. Years ahead for sure.
Felt like still quite closed down throughout tonight's tasting event; yet revealing its true potential by the intense palate and long finish; the nose, barnyard at first (almost forgot to mention that this one was also double decanted for 2+ hours) but vanishing fairly well in the glass, mints, cherries, minerals, roses, and caramel; the palate, dark fruits, licorice, precious wood, and mild spices; overall, 92-93 points at this stage; should become more approachable in 5-6 years.
Maturing deep garnet color. Cedary, poopy, hamster cage nose, also some dark fruit and mineral. More fruit on the palate, cherry through the finish, with ample coarse tannins and enough volatility and heat to be unpleasant and thin for my tastes. For the money, I won't be aging any of these to see if they improve. Disappointing, perhaps an off night for me or an off bottle, but the provenance was perfect. A very long decant couldn't hurt.
Much better than my last bottle in 2010. The wine has a gorgeous aroma right out of the bottle and nice integrated tannins, although there are plenty left for much further aging for sure. A classic Bordeaux bottle from a great vintage.
Drinking some of the last bottles of this great wine and this time I have to say I was a bit disappointed. The flavors were very muted and tannins very mellow with a medium finish. Still has the classic French bordeaux characteristics though. Tasted with other bordeaux and this was by far the weakest. Perhaps a bad bottle?
Decanted for two hours before tasting (and another hour + before serving). Dark purple core, pink rim. On the nose; power-packed with hints of primary dark fruit, menthol, spice box and smoky crushed rocks. On the palate; equally muscular, viscous and super concentrated with massive structure and very impressive length. I have no doubt that this wine will merit a 95+ score when it reaches full maturity in five to ten (?) years. As for now, however, it’s a little too raw and tannic to be labelled outstanding. Having said that, pairing a bottle with barbecued T-bones even at this early stage wasn’t entirely wrong.
Wonderful dark and complex nose. On the palate licorice, cedar, bright plums, a bit of menthol, in a medium bodied wine with a good 30+ second finish. Smooth, with most tannins resolved but still a hint suggesting that this will improve for a few more years. No bricking in the color, just dark garnet from edge to edge. Complex, but really just on the verge of greatness. Try again in 2-3 years, 2015.
After an hour in decanter, an intriguing nose of cedar, vanilla, dust and black fruits. Very Paulliac. Not overpowering. Extremely elegant on the palate. Medium tannins and surprisingly silky. I assume this will get better, but the tannin level and texture are beautiful now.
- Garnet color with medium forming legs. It's somewhat balanced and has flavours of blackberry, raspberry, strawberry, black currant and mushroom with a medium/full body. Silky texture with a medium finish - Great old world wine from 2000. You can taste the old world charm in this bottle. Well balanced with lots of fruit.
Drinking really well right now but still has lots more time to go. Dark purple almost black in color. Great mouthfeel and life in the glass. Tastes of pure Bordeaux - simple fruits with lots of earth and minerals. Not as refined as its more expensive compatriots but well worth the price.
4th Saturday Annual Champagne Event (Sue & Mike's): Allowed to breathe in bottle for at least a couple of hours before it was poured. Deep color. Fantastic bouquet of tobacco, leather, spice, black currants and iodine. Tannins are integrating very nicely. Red and black currants, forest floor, plum and tobacco flavors. Well-balanced across the palate and through the long finish. Fantastic stuff. 94+ pts.
Still impossibly young, but my colleague insisted... Powerful, tannic, and tight. Showed best with the cote du boeuf, and did blossom a bit through the evening. I hope it turns the corner n the coming years.
This time it was very closed again even after a couple of hours in the decanter. The 2000's are incredible in terms of their evolution and the variation you can experience from bottle to bottle. At the moment it is pot luck if it is ready as you can see from my previous notes. I think another 5 years waiting is called for but will the fruit last?
I was expecting the worst....but this is pretty evolved, and while maybe "expressive" is going too far, it is quite delicious, classic Left Bank....Should age forever, but already showing enough age to be both interesting and drinkable.
Perhaps this needs another decade to come around, but in a blind tasting, the wine was tannic, austere and tight. With time and effort, cassis, cigar box and spicy tobacco notes popped into place. But it's not a lot of fun to drink today. If it was my money, skip it and buy the 2003.
Souper Bordeaux 2000 vs 2003 Nez un peu animal, avec du cassis (noir), tabac. Une jolie bouche, de corps presque léger par rapport aux vins précédents, fraîcheur et élégance. Un Médoc de très belle qualité mais qui me semble un brin moins profond que les 4 premiers. Sa classe et son coté aérien auraient épaté en plus modeste compagnie. 92-93 pts.
Opened one hour before dinner, cork looked great. First sniff of the bottle was a little funky very soon became a nice bouquet of truffle. Color was still dark and could tell this was going to be a big pauillac. First taste was full of black berry and black cherry. Was very tightly wound but a nice expression of Bordeaux. Went excellent with the triple cream and filet. 3 hrs later, starting to close down. Overall, nice Bordeaux which showed signs of something great to come. Wil have to revisit in a few years as this one was still showing its youth. On to the cognac for the remainder of the Night. Cheers.
Clear medium-intensive cranberry colour. Clean medium-strong nose is matured. Spicy pepperiness and dried cranberries. Taste is dry, medium-full, elegant and fragile. Soft and round tannins. Long earthy and spicy finish. Mature Bordeaux, very elegant and feminine. Not empowering at all.
Slow-O 3 hours, aerate to decanter 2 hours, return to bottle, served. This came out swinging and never stopped - in fact, it gained intensity, focus and weight right through the last glass, as most would expect. Impressive juice, with a really solid future. I so prefer this style over the flashier, fleshier 03. I'm guessing another 5-7 years before some really dreamy tertiary characteristics begin to kick in. highly recommended
Showed ridiculously well in possibly the harshest circumstances I can imagine: PNP'ed at 40,000 feet on Emirates, served in a tiny glass at what must have been 75 degrees+ -- and nonetheless impressed with a banyard nose, complex fruit, no oak whatsoever and a nice finish. Seems young to me, still a touch of alcohol at the end and ought to integrate even better in 3-5 years, but why split hairs.
2000-2009 vertical of Chateau Pontet-Canet, with Alfred Tesseron (Roberson Wine, South Ken, London): Open nose, minty, herby with light fruit. A touch tight to start but develops nicely so some decanting helps here. Classical in a way. Light earth notes too and quite developed for a 2000 and just about to start going secondary. No oak. On the Palate the youth is there and it has a bit of sharp tannin a touch of green, that spoils an otherwise greatly balanced and elegant wine. This is a beautiful wine which needs 5 mores year and then will last another 20+ easily. 92-93
A friend brought this to dinner, while our close friends brought a 2006 Hendry Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, and we brought a 2001 Ladera Lone Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon. Was decanted for 90 minutes prior to consumption, while we started first with the Hendry and then the Ladera. After these two fine and ripe California cabernet, I guess it's natural that the Pontet-Canet will suffer the comparison, even this hallowed vintage. Perhaps decanted for too little time, the Pontet-Canet had a reticent nose of black fruits, pencil lead, oak and earth. Decidedly medium-bodied on the palate, it came off as a bit austere compared to its brethren, and also did not have a very memorable finish. From our perspective, the Ladera was the clear winner on the evening.
Purchased on release and stored at 50 degrees. Opened 8 hours before service, with decanting occuring 3 hours before service.
After 5 hours slow oxygenation: dark red with no signs of browning. The nose is cedar with some cassis. Palate is black fruits and leather. The tannins and acid are balanced by still evident. Just starting to emerge from being closed down. It shows big Cabernet Sauvignon.
At service: The nose is still great, but the acid has started to overcome the fruit. It would have been much better to serve at the 5 hour mark after the decanting, or skip the decanting all together (there is some considerable sediment however).
Bottom line, I think this is a great wine that probably won't be the longest living of the 2000s and will require some handling care.
--- COLOR: Garnet with medium garnet-brick rim NOTE: Tasted the 2000, 2003 and 2004 side-by-side. This was my least favorite. Nose is loads of Bordeaux funk, almost barnyard, like you burned an animal barn. Is it flawed, I don't think so. I think this is what was intended. Mouth and finish are both weak, like cheap wine in a dirty ashtray. I'm being generous with my score. If I never drink wine like this again I'll be a happy boy.
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Very complex, lots of mineral and graphite.....needed way more time to decant than the hour and change we gave it, but did start to open up and show some great tannins.....also needs a long time in the cellar. Can't wait to drink again in 5-10 yrs
Big on the nose. This wine is still very tannic to my palate. Full of rich red fruits, but still needs more time. All the hallmarks of a great wine. Defintely would recommend drinking the 2001 while you wait...
Ruby with lightening at the edge, truffle, smoke, tobacco and cassis, full bodied, still tannic, with some dryness in the tannins, this classic, structured style of Pontet Canet ends with cassis, fennel and a touch of fresh herbs with blackberry.
Graphite but not pencils on the nose. Stoney. The boquet is echoed on the palate, with the same earthy/mineral notes dominating. It was hard to find the fruit under it all. Impressive structure with good acidity and fine grippy tannin, but the fruit component was lacking, and let the rest down. Still enjoyable.
Pulled from the Eurocave still a bit chilly. Decant reveals nice dusty scent of subtle smokey wood chips. In the glass a nicely balanced nose reveals the complexities and structure you’d expect in a well-crafted Bordeaux. 30 minutes in and the tannins creep out from underneath the black cherry plum fruits. Both the nose and first tastes speak to the youth of this 12 year old wine. 75 minutes in and the rich dark plums sing with a gravely follow-through. The mouthfeel is slightly tart evidencing the as-yet-ready youthfulness. Cellar for another 5-10 years before popping or decant for a few hours before drinking this wonderful wine.
First bottle from a case, medium bodied and well balanced. But the wine seemed somewhat muted, both in aroma and taste. It opened a little the next day, but I'll wait a year or two for the next bottle.
At first a bit musty. It was not decanted. Opens up to reveal graphite terroir and dustiness. Some oak but really in balance. I found this to be more elegant and drinkable, not tannic as some of the reviews. Nice, pretty red fruits. Can be drunk now and will improve. Though not as rich and Cabernet-like as with the 2003
Garnet fading to a tawny rim. Evolving, complex and explosive nose of leather, black fruit, flowers, coffee and eucalyptus. Deep and intense. Elegant on palate with refreshing acidity and firm fine-grained tannins. Very fresh with impressive concentration. From 2017.
I was an hour late to the tasting, and I was playing catch up with the wines already opened. Fortunately, I brought this wine and had some time to think about this wine. Double-decanted about 2 hours before tasting, and it didn't sit in the decanter before pouring back into the bottle. Dark, burgundy color showing no signs of its age. Concentrated aromas of rich fruit, cedar, and tar. On the palate, it's full-bodied with tons of fruit -- ripe bing cherries, cassis -- with a tannic bite in the finish. So much better bottle than last year's. It reminded me of the 2005 upon release. I think this wine will only improve if you can show restraint in opening more bottles.
Decanted three hours, drunk over next four. Nice nose of dark fruit, leather. Great and full palate of blueberry, plum, tobacco, with melting tannin and good acid balance. Clean medium plus finish. Still youthful, largely red to rim, many years left and could improve but very open for business right now.
Tredje gången på ett par månader jag druckit denna. Dekanterad. Mörk röd,. Lite krossad sten, trä, jordighet. En del stalldoft. Mer mogen I doft än smak som är koncentrerad och bra struktur. Bra eftersmak som hänger kvar länge. Mycket trevligt vin, dock inte en jätte. Lagra eller dekanterar ett längre tag. Bra utveckling I glaset.
YES. Deep dark purple, not much apparnt age but a few dark aromas at the back of a some heavy black fruit. clearly a classy wine, needing a lot more time under the stairs. Not flabby thouhg, good acidic attack.
Despite the hype this is a typical bordeaux. It was completely crushed by the calififornia Cab tasted at the same time. That said, it was quite good in it's category. Earth and spice over fruit and alcohol.
Classic Pauillac and Bordeaux. Plush, ripe, balanced. This is a great wine that flies under the radar- from the wine itself to the 5th growth estate it comes from. Coffee, dark fruit and utter tastiness. Need to find more, but I think too many are catching on...look at the futures pricing.
The fill was into the neck and the cork was sound; popped, poured and consumed over the course of several hours. Purple-ruby core, turning towards blood red at the rim. Aromas of crushed rock, dried dark fruits, cedar and earth. Medium-bodied, good concentration and grip. Lacking a bit in terms of depth and lift on the mid-palate, and the texture wasn't as velvety as I'd hoped. Has decades of life.
CT Texas Offline III; 11/18/2011-11/19/2011 (Galveston): Lots of vegetal on the nose and the palate. But on the palate it's still very smooth and friendly. Some concentration, but not as much as I would have expected. Some roast beef on the nose. Maybe this wine is going through a transition right now---no longer the "power puncher" it once was, the tannins are still settling out to velvety smoothness. Give it a couple more years and I think this wine will peak. Right now it's just starting on that journey.
CT Texas III; 11/18/2011-11/21/2011 (Galveston, TX): Still very young. Great nose, mineral, barnyard, red raspberry, cedar, black currant, hints of tobacco, and nice floral element. On the palate, black raspberry, plum, red currant, cedar, red bell pepper. Finishes with a wall of tannin. Hold for a while. I think that in 10 years this will be something special.
Damn yummy at first with a gorgeous claret nose. With air thirty minutes later the wine tensed up a little and thinned. There is a pleasant green chocolate feel to this wine which at times is nearly billowy with a luscious but firm fruit attack, and then it oscillates toward thin and watery with clipped fruit and a little dog fennel. I like the wine for the most part. Is this a great vintage or something like 1988? Probably nearer the latter. The wine just gets worse and worse as it sits in the bottle.
Later: I am alarmed by the roasted/ green coffee bean quality of this wine.
Drack den för inte så länge sedan. Förstod att en vis man sagt att äldre Pontet-Canet än 2004 inte ska drickas men inget fel på det här vinet. Bör dekanteras då vinet känns otroligt ungt och vinner mycket i glaset. Lite mer jordighet och stall i den här flaskan men i övrigt mycket lik. Inga problem att ligga ett antal år till
4.5 hour decant Still quite young. Loads of fruit yet but some secondary flavors of mushrooms and cellar floor are coming through. Rich dark blackberry and blueberry, hints of anise and fine tannins. Should be hitting a stride in another 10 years or so. 92+
Öppen , röda mörka bär,, känns ganska mogen på doften men smaken är något yngre. Många lager av smaker. Struktuerad, kanska kompakt. Känns yngre än den 2003 Château Montrose som dracks samtidigt på något underligt sätt. Trevligt.
This Pontet-Canet was very well structured and had a nice balance but I think that it was missing some depth and power- even after being open for 3 hours and decanted it still lacked a big finish! It was very smooth but it just needed something more in my opinion.
Nutty, mature gouda cheese (18+ months), cassis and loads of ripe fruits on the nose. The gouda comes back for an appearance on the palate as well. Lots of black currant, minerals and herbs. Very long finish and great structure.
A lovely long weekend in Athens, GR; 8/27/2011-8/30/2011 (Athens, Greece): We originally ordered the 2001 and that was corked we were offered the 2000 which worried us as most 2000's have been too young. No need to worry here. Decanted for 45 minutes and it needs it. Beautiful and open on the nose, red fruits, light earth, such long and deep nose, simply stunning. On the palate it feels young but not austere or difficult but it feels that 5 years down the line this will rise to new levels. This is among the most open and ready(er) 2000s we tried. Long layered, dense and worthy of the recent upgrade from Parker. Buy. 93-94 drink now with good decanting but really needs 5 more years.
Nose was completely shut down, some slightly meat notes. Palate was very tannic, with some fruit underneath the service, blackberries, chocolate. Very strong finish with sharp acidity. Day 2, nose showed some off notes of spoiled meat? Something was just off kilter with this wine. No score.
GPL vertical with '96 Pauillacs (Scenic Loop Cafe, San Antonio, TX)): Had the great disservice to be served last in a long line-up. Deecanted a few hours before. Nose had saline, barnyard, and a very prominent herbal/leafy quality. After that, it was about as shut down a wine as I’ve ever had, with high quality but very prominent tannins. Another ’00 that’s difficult to assess. Needs lots of time.
See previous note: still classic Bordeaux with lots of mineral, rocks but again a bit earthy on the nose. Nice palate with moderate complexity and finished. Really thought it would have developed a bit more by now. Suggest holding another 3-5 years.
When I decanted the wine in the afternoon, the aromas coming out of the decanter was so rich with red fruit that it got me excited for the tasting later that evening. It was 2000-2003 Cab v. Bordeaux night, and the wines were tasted blind. The PC was the third wine of the first flight, and I was disappointed that it did not show well for me. For some reason, all that rich fruit that I smelled earlier disappeared. It seemed a bit thin and green. Perhaps it was just my taste buds that were off because a couple of people had it as their WOTN.
With apologies and the best will in the world this is unlikely to be an objective note. On Monday morning 28 cellartackers descended upon Chateau Pontet Canet as the first of 17 chateaux visits through the week. It was my first time at P-C and standing amongst the vines always affects your perspective for a while!
Anyway, plenty of cedary charm on the nose with some rather soft red fruit and a scarf of oak. Powerful tannins still evident on the palate. Good acidity. Will properly decant and come back to it later after some air. Lots of promise.
EDIT : After an hour or so in the decanter this is starting to open. Nice cool profile and lovely balance. There is a real family resemblance to the 2005 (and 2010 barrel) tasted at the chateau. Not the biggest Pauillac but beautifully weighted with plenty of freshness and elegance. In the long run the 2005 (and quite probably the 2010) is a better wine, but this is a fine and graceful glass of wine. No rush, and preferably give it another year or two but approachable now.
2000 Bordeaux Retrospect: Alcohol :: 13% Bottle 2. Similar case as wine 1, this is a much powerful with good structured that seemingly more like a 2000 Bordeaux! Powerful nose with spicy oak dominated the aromatic profile with underlying aromas of leather mint and blackcurrant that very much like a Pontet. Very rich on the palate, firm structured with medium level of fresh, ripe tannin that seems integrated quite a bit with meatiness as well as mineral and new oak aftertaste on the really smooth, silky finish. Very good wine, however, this doesn't possess the firm structured, high level of tannin that stained the palate with better depth of the 2000 Pontet that I had 2yrs ago. Seem this is pretty much open for business!
2000 Bordeaux Retrospect: Alcohol :: 13% Bottle 1. A more serious wine on both nose and palate compare to wine 1. This has sweet blackcurrant, cassis with spices, quite deep and I can feel the tightness. Good integration of acidity and tannin, however, though this has firmer structure compare to wine 1, this is in fact quite soft with tobacco, leathery, coffee and new wood aftertaste on the juicy, long mineral finish. Quite charming but still, lack of excitement.
Decanted for an hour and rebottled. Marvelous black berry fruit, but subtle with a restrained elegance. The tannins are still in evidence. For me, it's still a youthful wine at the early edge of its drinking maturity. A few more years of bottle development will yield a more perfect balance of fruit and tannins. It's drinkable and enjoyable now, but I am bumping the window two years down the road. This is an interesting wine with promise and potential.
Chateau Pontet Canet Vertical 1994-2004 plus 1990: Magnificent wine. Very much like the '99 with added concentratio and complexity. Here again some animal notes, ink and graphite. Also a herbal lift is present. Texure is velvety and is very concentrated. Fruit is very fresh. Inky flavors coat supple ripe tannins. Pity to open this one before 5 to ten years.
Das war Pauillac in Reinkultur, wenn auch noch ein wenig zu jung genossen: Schon sehr offen in der Nase, Cassis, tiefschwarze Früchte, Zedernholz, Tabak, Graphit, Mineral, Wildbret. Ein im besten Sinne asketischer Terroir-Wein mit immer noch sehr präsenter Säure und tragendem Tanningerüst, sehr primärfruchtig mit viel Cassis und Cranberries aber schon mit ersten Sekundäraromen. Perfektes Holz, langer Abgang mit leichter Bitterschokolade. Der Wein ist sehr harmonisch, konzentriert, in perfekter Balance und wird in den nächsten 10-15 Jahren sicher noch besser.
Exquisite! Opened 3 hours prior, then decanted about 45 mins prior to drinking. Balanced in every aspect. This wine had the perfect blend of tannins and fruit. On the nose was tobacco and leather, in the mouth the black fruits (cherry and blackberry) are mixed in for the perfect blend. The balance is also in the body of the wine.....not too concentrated, nor is it a lightweight. This is truly a wine to accumulate. I suspect this wine will stay on this plateau for many years.....but it will be hard to resist drinking. Simply Outstanding. If I were to choose a definition of perfect balance, this wine would be the poster child.
Beautiful color looking quite like the teenager. Nose had good earth and funk w dark fruits and definitely picked up the mocha/chocolate. Well structured- smooth yet powerful tannins. Good fruit with an above average finish. Glad to have 4 bottles left
A truly great wine! Big, impressive nose with perfume, red berries, animals (!) and a hint of coffee and chocolate. Very interesting! Tannic but smooth on the palate. Fruity, nice acidity and excellent balance. Will improve with time.
First contact: (decanted two hours prior to tasting) lively, deep colour, tight nose and taste; concentrated and lots of tannins, but ripe or ripening; a closed flower asking for patience. when this wine will blossom in 5 tot 10 years it will merit more points. I have two cases to follow this wine.
Lovely wine. Classic aroma of Pauillac with dark fruit and that perfume that only comes from this appellation. Wonderful balance on the palate and long finish. The wine has ripe, sweet tannins but has a balanced dryness. Drank at a wine bar in paris. Wonderful
Wonderful. The nose is the usual graphite / lead pencil but there is also a huge waft of fruit. Blueberries and raspberries in particular. The palate is smooth and has flavours of lovely ripe red fruits and also coffee. The finish is surprisingly short though.
Farr Christmas Tasting 2010: Presented by the delightful Melanie Tesseron. Excellent nose, with lovely Pauillac typicity on the palate - blackcurrent fruit & fresh acidity. Savoury & dry. Very good. £780/cs (Sal 88pts)
Nose: Cedar & lead pencil Taste: Cranberry, cherry & lean mineral acidity Decanted for three hours, so I don't think that was the issue, Bordeaux is just a different, more subtle experience that does not excite my palate.
A class Bordeaux and should be coming of age. I did get lots of granite and rock on the nose with some current in the back ground. A little more earthy then I remember. Supple but structured on the palate. Well balanced. Nice though I guess I was ready for more.
It's our anniversary. Deep purple with dark ruby rim. Decanted for an hour but still wound tight. Over the night the blueberries merged on the nose, along with oak. Tannins and fruit dominate. But i’m hopeful that tomorrow will bring nuances lost on night one.
Decanted for one hour...was not enough. The first night there was no fruit adn just earty and tobacco notes. The second night (just put the cork in overnight) there was an overwheming amount of fruit, very sweet and tart. I have two more bottles, and will not open another one for years.
Decanted around 6 hours before drinking wonderful ground coffee and cigar box nose. The tannins were very sweet which was a pleasant surprise - this may get better but even at this stage it's a wonderful wine
Black night it's not right, I don't feel so bright, I don't care to sit tight. Maybe I'll find on the way down the line that I'm free, free to be me. Black night is a long way from home.
Deep Purple lyrics come to mind as I sip this inky purple Alfred Tesseron effort, like a boisterous young doberman puppy from one of the truly great Bordeaux vintages. I'm going to rank the 2000 Branaire a hair ahead of this wine because, while THAT wine was a combination of elegance and power, THIS wine is a combination of power and elegance. While that wine appealingly had no rough edges, this wine appealingly had rough edges. This was more tannic, but the black fruit was more pronounced, the cassis was more present. The other wine was one Robert Parker point more "complete" than this wine. Nonetheless, this Pontet-Canet is a stunner, and, like the Branaire, it displays what seems to be a 2000 vintage pattern that is evolving that it is "great-to-drink-now-and-for-at-least-the-next-twenty-years...." An outstanding, inky, rugged Pauillac.
Nice aroma right out of the bottle. Tannins still pretty heavy and so we decanted for 1.5 hours. Much better after decanting. Somewhat acidic to my palate and definitely needs more time in the cellar, however, had a nice mix of fruit and oakiness to it. Perhaps a bit underwhelming overall at this stage.
Double decanted about 4 hours prior to service. A dark purple core, turning to ruby at the rim. Even with the extended airing, a relatively four-square bouquet, offering up notes of black fruits, licorice, and spice. Medium-bodied on the palate, with a touch of astringency and firm tannins, but good concentration and depth. Lacking a bit in terms of texture, delineation, and focus. Certainly needs more time, but whether it will significantly improve in the bottle is open for debate. A far cry from the 2003 and 2005.
Powerfull nose of cassis, black fruit, coffee... in the month, very concentrated ripe cassis, loads of ripe tannins, still very young, wait 10 more years... the wine developped very well in the glass 94+/100
coffee grind nose, with plum, dark chocolate showing on palate -- I thought this might be a merlot heavy year for PC (it's not, at least in the declared blend). Very dark. Black currant appears on late midpalate. Fades into a long finish. My favorite of the flight of 2000 vintage reds.
Examination of Bordeaux (Our House (2033 Brandywine St., Philadelphia)): Third time having this wine and notes have been consistent. This is developing, albeit slowly. Deep dark color. Asian spice, anise, wood, mocha. The nose keeps developing in waves. The palate is quite lush and robust. Maybe not exactly in the traditional Bordeaux style. Deep dark fruit leads to a very good finish. On night two, this was even better, as some of the rougher edges had smoothed out.
Very deep color and closer to brick than I thought. Great nose with vegetal/olive elements, smoke, clove, and funk. The initial fruit is on the red side but hidden somewhat. The acidity and tannins are perfectly balanced and the wine has smoothed out enough to drink, with a very long, slightly bitter finish. Interesting stuff, great QPR, just would like to see more fruit and a more complex midpalate. I'm expecting good things in 2015 when I break out another.
Great nose on this, but that palate is much more resolved than I had expected it to be. Nice grippy tannins and structure but the fruit was melting a little. I wouldn't have put this as a 2000 but probably something with a few more years on it. Still excellent stuff with a lot of meat and chocolate notes. Very Bordeaux. Good drinking now, but looking at the notes below it would seem there is bottle variation in terms of how developed the wines are.
The genuine article. Decanted for several hours and reopened at Joe's to accompany their great NY steaks. Followed a mag of '05 Charvin CdP and surpassed it. This will continue to get better for many years. A great example from a great vintage.
Splash decant for a little snifter before having with dinner later. Very dark wine in the glass with lovely bright ruby edges. Big cassis nose with quite a whack of toasty oak and polished cedar wood. Good concentration of fruit on the attack, which is surprisingly soft and round. Blossoms into quite a meaty mid palate then resolves to a grippy finish displaying plenty of ripe but not quite fully-integrated tannins. Decent length. Clearly some good quality fruit in here and it's approachable but will benfit from another couple of years, or at least some air time. Acidity high but nicely balanced. Will return to it in a few hours.
EDIT : After a couple of hours in decanter this really hasn't budged. The quality is there but you get the impression it's just woken up from a long refreshing nap and is still a bit grumpy. Perhaps a little more spice becoming evident and a certain edgy minerality. It can be enjoyed now but really it needs another couple of years to bring those tannins in. Now (if you have a few)-2020? 90+
Blind OLD WORLD GRAB BAG - Dino Restaurant (Washington, DC): Dark red to purple in color. Perfumed nose, cherry, baking spices. Palate of cherry, with simple palate that was too tight with acid and tannin noted. Was a shame because this didn’t show well at this age. Thought this was a really young 2005 because it was so tight. Would agree that this can only improve.
Old World Grab Bag (Dino Restaurant, Washington, DC): Meat, tobacco and pencil on the nose, subdued fruit, green pepper and dried cranberries in the mouth, medium body, firm tannins. Young and compact, this is coiled for something interesting, but it's not there yet. Tasted blind, it was clearly Bordeaux, and did in fact continue to open up once unveiled. Too bad I had to leave after only one more taste.
Old World Grab Bag (Dino Restaurant - Washington, DC): Still very young and tight. Fruit still kind of primary, almost grapey. Strong tannin is peppery in the mouth. Did get some nice pencil shavings out of it. Can only improve. The fruit lead me to guess young Right bank.
Popped at 1945. As is my habit, I wait too late in the evening to open. Oh well. Warm bread and red fruit compote on the initial nose. Will update as the evening progresses. 2249. Good, even great, but I can't put a finger on any defining element. Integrated tannins. fruit is soft. Chalk in the mid pallet. Medium finish. I'll update other half of bottle tomorrow night. 2205 day two. Not redeeming on day two. Fruit is more pronounced with a core of tar and still a medium finish, but nothing stands out. Very enjoyable but somehow I expected more.
Elegant and luxurious bouquet with toasted oak. Full bodied. Good cassis. Soft tannin. Not so many notes, but this was way better than the 1999. Still youthful, but soft and pleasant already. Can last for a least another 5 - 8 years.
Sorry. Good but not great. Not sure what will happen with more time, but don't really care. Too many better wines out there for me so will move on to them. Don't get me wrong...this wine is fine but not great.
Nicely expressed iteration of a medium-ranked Pauillac. Tannins seem very well integrated now. Great balance of fruit and wood; approachable structure. Overall, the experience is of a smooth, classic Bordeaux. Drink or hold.
Saturated but muddy ruby color. Nose with aromas of violets, ink and black fruits. Med to full bodied with flavors of mocha, nuts, mushrooms, oak and berries. Quite long aftertaste. Still young, needs time to improve.
Pontet-Canet Vertical with Alfred Tesseron, Kevin Zraly, and Sherry Lehmann (Four Seasons Restaurant, Manhattan): Not there yet. The signature aromas are developing for this vintage, it does have its own characteristic fragrance, it is spicier on the nose, a little piquant along with very high quality fruit. Not giving great pleasure at the moment. After tasting the 1996, and following with the 2001 (which is in a great spot right now), the 2000 is not on its game yet. Hold another 3+ years. Let's see if it can take the high quality fruit and develop the range of secondaries that were so well displayed in that 1996. If it can, then it will soar because the fruit is even better. But so far, no. Patience!
Splash decanted. Deep crimson in glass, the first signs of browning. Powerful nose of plums, berries, pain grille and cigar box. Lush red fruits on the palate, with espresso, dark chocolate, violets and stones. Lots of soft tannins. Medium plus finish. More nose than palate.
2000 Bordeaux _ A chance to check in on them (Vic's): A disappointing showing for this bottle. The nose showed dust and tobacco but not much fruit. It seemed a bit soft and while quite tight, seemed to have tight layers. Charries and black raspberries on the palate. Started to open and come together after two hours. Five more years I guess.
Nose quite similar to the 01 but a bit more muted, though you get the sense that the fruit is deeper here. I had hope that this would be approachable because I had a bottle 1.5 years ago that was giving. Unfortunately, all I got tonight was this was way to early to drink. Definitely has the stuffing though - hold this for years at least.
Very good, but a bit muted compared to the 2004 tasted side by side (blind with many other bottles too). Still youthful, perhaps had a bit of travel shock although did a double decant prior to driving.
Dark purple color. Noticable tannin, creating a silky/cottony sensation on the palate - moderate upon opening but not at all harsh after a couple hours in the decanter. The flavor is a bit thin on the palate, but attractive, "light" for want of a better word. The finish is lengthy - 45 seconds at least. Nice. Looking forward to how it will develop
Saturday Tasting Group (Knightsbridge Wine Shop (Northbrook, IL)): Medium dark ruby. Dark cherries, mocha, subdued but elegant on the nose. Showing a unique feminine tour de force. Rich potpourri play as well. Excellent earth. Palate is gorgeous displaying true Old World finesse that can only come from a Bordeaux with a few years under its belt. Dark cherries, leather. Moderate high acidity, alcohol and tannins. Less fruit forward as the '03, but a more rustic earth driven bottling here.
The previous bottle I had opened a few months back was extremely backwards and closed. Therefore, I double-decanted the wine, meaning decanting the wines, washing out the sediment, then pouring the wine back in the bottle and corking it, then putting it back in cellar, for approximately 6 hours before drinking. The decanting did help, but not as much as I had expected. Nose is full of minerals, primarily iodine and ink, and smoke. On palate I did get some hints on cherry and blue fruit but it was dominated by sweet oak and minerals. The finish was quite long. I will probably not touch the remaining bottles for another 3-5 years.
Darker purple colour but something a little off/muddied on the nose - dissipates a bit with vigorous swirling and not present in other glasses. Much richer, deeper red and black fruited than the previous wines but still only medium bodied. Lovely, sweet tannins on the finish with pain grille notes appearing also.
Bordeaux Tasting ("Chateau McClure Roberts", Philadelphia PA): tasted and smelled older than the 96. nose of coffee, tar, and chocolate. palate showed more youthfully, with plum and blackberry notes, black pepper, and violet notes on top. strange disconnect between the nose and the palate -- both were nice... medium finish was pleasant.
Survey of Bordeaux (Our House -- Philadelphia): Absolutely stellar wine. Deep dark color. Nose jumped out. It was like a chocolate covered coffee bean. Mocha and tar. Really interesting. Not a whole lot of fruit on the nose, but thefruit framed well by oak exploded on the palate. Dark fruit, rich and opulent. Sweet smooth tannins. This has a long time ahead of it. Incredible finish that builds and builds. One of the best finishes of the night.
night 1: semi-closed and tannic upon opening. fruit emerged as the night wore on. night 2: much more expressive. blackberry, tobacco, gravel, menthol, and sweet oak on the nose. the palate is much softer tonight, although the tannins continue to stick out. fruit is pure in the mouth. long blackberry infused finish. a fine drink for now, but hold out for even more pleasure down the road.
Still a bit on the tight side, with a nose of crushed granite, toasted oak, and dark berry fruit. mouthfeel was full bodied with scarcely yielding tannin structure. There were large slate and gravel nuances, and plenty of blackberry and cassis, along with loam and hints of leather. Finish was long, and seemed to get longer as the wine opened. I'll wait a year or two before approaching this again.
Excellent! Does not reach "sublime" level but this is really showing well right now and will only improve over the next 5-7 years. The nose is something. Pine needles, menthol and leather eventually allow some blue fruit to emerge, but the fruit definitely plays second fiddle both on the nose and palate. Palate is initially tight but eventually gives way to smooth blue fruit and raspberry with the pine needles, menthol and some oak never going away. At the very back end of the palate, there is some heat and the tannins are most evident at this point. The finish is long and strong. This will only get better but is already a super wine.
Dark red youthful color. Big aromas of blackberry, plums, raspberry, spice with some greenness. The flavors are are big delcious with black and red fruits, mushrooms, bell pepper, and spice. Full bodied, balanced, tannins not quite as integrated as i expected, but good acidity and enough overall balance and structure to make the overall experience a wonderful one.
Pontet-Canet verticle, oenophiloi wine club, 11/2/2009, Athens. Purple. Very youthful but elegant nose with red berries, spices, ink and graphite. Mid-full bodied, very youthful with massive but good quality tanins, high acidity and nice fruit. Very long finish. Has the structure and balance to age gracefully for decades.
Decanted for about 3 hours and served in a blind flight that included the 2000 Cos d'Estournel. Color was very dark black-red in the core fading to a ruby red at the edges. I detected a slight bit of meatiness on the nose with a bit of a mushroom funkiness and the fruit peaking through as a bit of plum and currant. Flavors showed really nice dark fruits with a smooth texture and a very long finish. It was a little wound up and probably could have used extra time in the decanter. While still super enjoyable now, this has the stuffing to last for at least another decade or two and should still improve over the next 5+ years. Before the wines were revealed, I incorrectly guessed this as the 2000 Cos d'Estournel and guessed the Cos as the Pontet-Canet. I have far more experience tasting the Cos then the Pontet and both wines were stellar. I think the slight bit of funkiness on the nose threw me off on this wine as I usually associate that with the older vintages Cos d'Estournel.
New Year's Weekend @ Rob & Lisa's; 1/1/2009-1/4/2009 (Scott's Valley, CA): Tasted blind in a flight of three 2000 Bordeauxs. Decanted for about 3 hours and then double decanted back into the bottle for the tasting. This showed slight bricking at the edges with a blood reddish purple color throughout. On the nose there was pretty heavy tar, spicy oak, currant and some plum. I found this nose to be the most expressive of the tasting at first, but then shut down after being in the glass for about 30 minutes. This just didn't want to give anything up on the flavor, there was some thin dark fruits, minerality and pencil lead, but no where near what I was expecting out of this. We killed a couple of babies this evening. This being one of them, the 2000 Cos d'Estournel being the other. By the time the bottle was being finished off, it began to come around (typical), showing much more spicy fruits and earth. Very well balanced and structured, but it is pretty shut down right now. I would sit on this for at least another 5 years or so, and even then, it will probably only just be coming into its drinking window at that point. Drink between 2015 and 2030.
I have decant it for 1 hr. Clarity : clear Colour: purple in colour Nose : medium intensity of black fruit , plum on the nose Palate : It is dry , low acidity , full bodied wine with low-medium tannin . medium-high intensity of black fruit , plum , spicy on the palate and medium length of smoky aftertaste . It need to age longer before drinking it .
Tried the Pontet Canet ‘00 at the Gallery Restaurant (Hotel Holt, Reykjavik, Iceland) last night. We ordered two bottles which were opened at the same time. First taste after it had decanted for about 1 hour. Powerful on the nose, acidity present with significant but soft tannins. Clearly early days in the development. The second bottle decanted for about 2 hours and had opened slightly up with dark fruit intensifying. Respectable finish on both counts. Needs more time in the cellar.
This wine is a toddler, but I knew that going in. I have a case on hand, so I wanted to check in on it's development. Opened about 4 hours prior to consumption; no decanting, just stuck the cork back in the bottle. A broodingly dark purple, turning towards red at the edge. With some coaxing, impressive aromas of ripe dark fruits (cassis), flower (lilly), and brush emerge; still quite primary at this point. Very good structure; good acidity. There are some significant tannins present, but they are sweet. A pleasing finish; went very well with the grilled foods. We had this with the '94 Pontet-Canet, and while it is drinking better at present, I felt the 2000 was the superior wine. Probbly will be ready for prime-time drinking in 2015!
Had this last night at Sparks with the guys for my bachelor party. This is just a youngster - I knew it was too early to be having this but this stood out as a value on the wine list, and since I have the 2001, wanted to have something to compare to when I open it. Sure enough, it was very tannic, but delicious. The voluptuousness was apparent on the floral nose right out of the bottle. The fruit on the palate seemed to be blackcurrant, and a shade plummy as opposed to the sweeter fruit I got from the Prieure Lichine 01 recently. Also had some nice complexity - slate or gravel earthiness. This is what set it apart for me from our other wines for the evening - 04 Cliff Lede Claret and 05 Lewis Cab, which were so oaked that the purity of the Pontet-Canet stood out for me more. My first serious Pauillac - I think I still lean Margaux but this was really nice. 92 now but almost certain to be more amazing in time. Nursed it as long as I could in hopes that the tannins would become less strong, but couldn't resist drinking it down. When they recede, this is going to be a monster.
The table was split evenly between the bordeaux and the Cali cabs though - myself, Jason, and Neal preferring the Pontet Canet, and Art, Derrick and Steve going California. Color on this one was a bit lighter and reddish compared to the darker purple of the Cali wines.
Decanted 2 hrs. Probably not the ideal opportunity to open this wine, but too bad, life is short. It’s all about the nose at this point, were an impressively dark Pauillac tosses out waves of smoky cassis and mineral like a peanut vendor at a ball game. I wouldn’t so much as say the wine is shut down per se, as it simply is dominated by its formidable tannin at present. Yet, there were glimpses at its potential, with underlying flavors of dark black cherry and leather, which some day will be on full display, but I’d say that date is a good decade away.
Nose seemed reticent. It took a day before I thought the nose was in the mature Pauillac range. Lots of slate and graphite, red fruit, currant and some oak. Tannins still expressing power from the mid palate on and a bit drying on the finish.
Coming around. This wine showed classic Pauillac graphite and slate, with black olive, mushroom, cassis, and earth. The finish was long, with berry fruit, and well integrated wood. Gorgeous, especially for the price.
From 375, drinking very nicely, starting to show some signs of opening up. A great glass of wine, but tonight seemed very much cut from the same cloth as the 94-96 vintages, which are also great, just not quite wines to go nuts over. Still waiting/hoping for something even greater to emerge from the 00 P-C than the 95/96 vintages (and if not 00, hopefully 03 and 05 really do take this estate's grand vin to another level).
This is a sleeping lion. Color is dark garnet to the rim. Nose shows deep, dark cassis, smoke, and tar...also a hint of leather. On the palate, juicy cassis, dark berry, spice, and licorice are all framed by a thick mantle of tannin. This is a big boy that needs 5-10 more years to show its best.
Bottle opened for a day. Burned dough and cassis on the nose. Some smells like islay whisky - vague sense of hospital corridors .Tannins have softed since opening, still taste very ripe. Still quite closed, but obvious structure waiting to appear later. Glad I have a few bottles to enjoy every few years.
Dark and purple. Good nose with pencil lead, sage and fruits. Nice weight on the palate and accessible. Not mature at all, but giving plenty of primary elements which are nice. Grape-y on the finish with a slight roughness. Nice to taste, not ready to drink,
Big and bold, opened 8 hours before consuming, to soften the tannic load. It was austere nonetheless, with flavors of slate, lead pencil, soft oak, sage, berry, and cassis. Finish was long. wine was an excellent example of how french bordeaux are different from Napa Cabs, drank along side a Pride reserve and an Insignia. Held its own in that company.
A beautiful cork stain. Upon opening, a nose of charred dark wood, white pepper, and leather. Palate is nicely complex and tastes of tar, minerals, burnt dark berry, tobacco, cassis and medium tannins. About a 45 to 60 second finish. A little closed, but this is just fantastic.
Nose of some leather. A hint of cedar and spice as well. Definite hints of glycerin. Also red fruits and a surprisingly resolved finish. Still a little harsh and should develop more over time. Wish I had waited on this one...
Fabulous wine. Reminds me of why I love Bordeaux. Great nose of leather and a whiff of flowers. Palate shows red and Black fruits, violets, leather, toacco, tannins that are sweet, with a generous finish. There's plenty of structure here. Wish I had more than one more.
WHOA!!!!! THIS WINE WAS FANTASTIC. OPAQUE PURPLE COLOR AND AROMA EXPLODING WITH FRUIT. COMPLEX AND TANNINS THAT WERE UNEXPECTEDLY NOT OVERPOWERING (DID HAVE OPENED AND DECANTED FOR 1-2 HOURS). THIS WINE WILL EASILY IMPROVE WITH AGE AND I LOOK FORWARD TO DRINKING SOME IN THE FUTURE.
Double decanted for 8 hours. Just a killer, killer nose of violets and sweet tobacco. A bit less expressive in the mouth, (probably due to its age), but does sport an impressive medley of red fruits, char, tobacco, and iron. A very glycerol feel. Tannins are sweet, but very dominant at this point, but it’s easy to envision a very, very bright future in 5-10 years for this big boy. As always, Pontet Canet represents a great value for classified Bordeaux in the better years.
My wife and I drink a bottle from our two-case inventory each year on our wedding anniversary. This was the third year, and the wine is starting to come around. Decanted for an hour; in 10 years it's going to easily be a 95.
Opened this with Traci and drank along side a 95 Robert Craig Howell Mt. Poured a glass right out of the bottle, poured a couple more glasses in the decanted and stuck the rest in the fridge. Funny, all you hear is how these need more time, blah blah blah. Awesome right out of the bottle with a big nose of smoke, mineral and black fruit with some tobacco hiding in the background. Medium to full bodied but it picked up weight in the glass. Decent midpalate but the finish was really nice. I'm a sucker for sweet tannins and this thing's got em in spades. Don't even have to swallow before they kick in but there is plenty of fruit to go with it. The finish leaves me squeezing my mouth for any leftover flavor. Needless to say, I really like it. I'm probably being a little generous with the score but this is everything I love in a Bordeaux.
Tasted at the home of Amy Weinberg. Bottle provided by Rob Norberg. Bright disc. Opaque purple robe with purple rim. Clean nose, showing moderately intense plum, currant, cassis, lead pencil and coffee aromas. Full-bodied on the palate, with medium acidity and massive, well-integrated tannins. Similar flavors as for the nose. Long, fairly smooth finish. Needs time, but definitely represents first-rate Pauillac.