This was really excellent. Expressive and rich with good depth and complexity. Cocoa, blackberry, and tobacco. Tannins were soft, but this still likely has a year or two more at peak. I wouldn't let it go for too much longer.
Bright and glossy ruby. A little reserved on the nose initially but quickly opens up to a very tobacco and dark cherry bouquet, very Paulliac and powerful. Impressive start. On the palate it is incredibly poised and creamy and full of pure glycerin rich fruit. A little closed on the mid-palate still but opens up fabulously well towards the end. Very long and consistent and satisfying. Still some medium/fine tannic structure noticeable but wonderful acidic balance and freshness. Really impressive and outperformed the vintage. I would say this is lovely to drink now for a wine at the very start of its primary drinking window. If you can find it for $60/bt or thereabouts then it is s very good buy indeed.
Ruby opaque colour, nose of blackcurrant, vanilla, some licorice. Very smooth attack, subtle fruit and strong vanilla sweetness. Hardly any minerals but some oak and licorice. Medium length. A bit disappointed by the lack of complexity. Nice but not more.
2 hour decant. Dark fruit on the nose with hints of chocolate, flint and gravel. Some tobacco notes?? Tight knit on the palate - medium to full bodied. Freshness, with fine tannins still holding things together. Very pleasant sweet finish. I think this is starting to open up now.
Decanted for 90 minutes. Dark purple, nose somewhat muted, palate decent (not great) concentration of classic left bank fruits, medium finish. better fruit would elevate score. Early in drinking window, will go for another 10 years. Could get better w more time, 92+?
Decanted for an hour. This is drinking exceptionally well and offers ardent Pauillac personality: pencil lead, leather, cedar, cassis and blackberry. Long and persistent, with feathery tannins that still have a lot of grip. This has many years ahead. Drink now - 2030.
Cork was a mess and fell apart, but after about 40 min in the decanter it showed lovely fruit and very pleasing balance, with gentle tannins still apparent. The nose never quite woke up, but rest was pleasurable and correct. Nice with a strip steak at home.
Slightly reticent nose of purple fruits. The palate showed rich blackberry and plum flavors, with resolved tannins and plenty of acid. Drinking very nicely now with plenty of life ahead. Very enjoyable.
Full-bodied with an enticing nose of plum, currant, cassis, lavender, and licorice. The tannins are ripe and ready and this concentrated glory, with decanting, is a pure and special experience, one of the best 2004’s now and will age gracefully for decades. Rich and textured, the finish is soooo-smooth.
Vertical tasting of Pontet Canet 2003-2012. Very similar in colour to the 2003, just a bit brighter, less brownish around the rim. Cooler on the nose, there is ripe red fruit, but much less of the lushness and exuberance of the 2003. More classic somehow. In comparison at least a bit vegetal. On the palate juicy, fresh, again a bit of greenness, slightly drying tannins. Nicely balanced and quite persistent. 91-92+
fresh and and little bright cool vintage classic style. Compared to the 2002, this wine just can't seem to pull its weight. As with all 2004 vintages, this wine just lacks anything interesting. That said, some think this is in a closed phase and will eventually develop to something more. 87-89+
First bottle from case purchased en primeur. Popped cork and drank over the course of the afternoon. Accessible almost immediately and continued to improve. All the attributes you would expect from an 11 yr old quality cru classe but lacked the extra finesse you get from a great vintage. In the drinking window for me but will be interesting to see how it develops.
At first rather chewy and tannic, but with some time opened into a multilayered delight. At first, raisin, a little tobacco maybe. Brightened a bit with air into red and dark fruit and some spice. Just enough minerality and earthiness.
First biodynamic vintage. Nice perfume on the nose. Lots of fruit. Cigar box and perhaps some rose. Nice feeling in the mouth. Fairly soft tannins and oak much less obvious than the 1996 we recently opened. Black fruits on the palate. Cherry, black currant.
Gorgeous classy bordeaux, opened up fruitfull and mellow and quick developed to a more typical profile, with truffles, graphite, lavander, mint, cedar, cherries and black licorice. Polished texture, creamy and vibrant, a bit more shallow than expected, but still delivering a savory spiced and mineral finish. 93-94
Beautiful nose on opening, really fresh with deep floral and cedar scents. The palate wasn't quite as prominent and while it had all the usual graphite, dark berries, tobacco and cedar flavours, they felt somewhat muted and not as fresh as the perfume. Perhaps in a bit of a dumb spot at the moment. Still a thoroughly enjoyable wine from a "classic" vintage that I think will get better with a bit more time to develop deeper secondary flavours.
extremely enjoyable wine during a wine tasting, very smooth on the palate, filled the mouth, earthy, a bit of vanilla, creme de cassis, velvety texture. Drinking very nice now, a little soft, not the best year, but a sleeper I think, delicious wine...
Nose with black berries, tobaco, cassis, wood.....extreme complex and integrated palate reflecting the nose with a dusty pencil led finsh - not a heavy weight but lots of character; still quite good acidity and a nice soft tannin frame...lingers on and on....
Served blind; garnet core with some clarity, crimson maroon rim; nose has lots of roses and dried fruit which led me to Italy, tobacco, currant, green pepper, earth, and compost, firm structure, and cedar brought me to a Bordeaux variety so I called Super Tuscan...should have known but he serving temperature was much too warm; nice wine and one of my favorite producers; this is still youthful and should reward more collaring but it is somewhat accessible like many '04s now.
Took 4 hours to open up and then it was beautiful. Nose is dark with coffee grinds, cassis, dark, dark fruit. Palate is dark, rich, full and long. The finish has some drying tannins evident. Would buy again.
Just a beautiful wine. Solid Pauillac with grip and curves integrated into its own skin and personality incredibly well. Lush fruit, jungle drum and bass beats. And then just lays off upper notes in a quiet finish that compels another sip.
My first bottle of a case of 12 bought EP and well-stored ever since. Almighty heavy bottle! Opaque purple juice. Enticing nose, almost shy (should have decanted?). Full-bodied yet refined taste giving you the real deal in classical Pauillac flavours. Yes, it finishes with a wall of tannins, but they are of the soft type and will melt away with time. To be revisited in one or two years, I'll take my time with these beauties.
A little reticent fragrance, but improves with time in the glass, dark berries, balsamic notes, tea leaves, cedar wood, shoe polish - very nice and exotic profile. Long and firm taste with cool fruit, well rounded finish, framed by soft and firm tannins. Will wait four-five years to open the next bottle.
Lots of dark berry, currants, lead pencil and gravel, after a few hours in the decanter the palate is smooth with a fresh fruit feel to it, a touch of austerity on the finish but otherwise personally feel just a wonderful wine in a not so wonderful vintage
Aroma av mørke bær, lakris, røyk, lær, kaffe mm. På smak er det de samme elementene og i tillegg blyant. God Pauillac med tydelig områdepreg. Er drikkeklar, men vil utvikle seg fint i mange år enda. 90+ poeng.
Decanted for 1h at the Prime Rib with their signature dish. Expressive nose, layers of earthy oaky notes, tobacco. I thought the palate was slightly understated given its sophisticated nose. Still it was an outstanding Bdx, lots of fruit oak and tannin in harmonic balance. Drinking nicely now, lots of life left in this beauty.
Starts of a little shy. But with some time and air this comes around big time!
Medium intense aromas of dark fruit, plums, blackcurrants, liquorice, dirt, chocolate, wood, ceder, dust and cherries. Very good depth, but I might have wished for a bit more complexity.
The palate is outstanding. Medium+ acidity, dry but with dense fruit. Distinct, but fine grained tannins. Medium body, high intensity and a ridiculously long finish. Had to run a quick errand out the office while I was tasting this, and realized standing in queue at the store that I could still feel the taste in my mouth.
Still feel somewhat tight knit, and will most likely benefit a lot from a further 5-7 years in the cellar. No problem drinking now though :)
Starts off with a whiff of dust but the fruit then grows as it opens up more and more. Cassis, mint, and a lot more. Lovely lift and tension to it. Far from peak but to me this is so refreshing with a great balance. Still tannic, a bit earthy, and a very long finish that just begs you to take another sip. The obvious winner tonight but the competition was really only from the 2011 La Jota Cab. Nice to see that everyone spotted the quality wine of the night, regardless of wine experience! Me 93-94p
Cherry and leather nose, fresh. Dark fruits, hint of cases on back end, leather with a slightly bitter edge, pencil, pepper, long on tongue with full tanins - dry. Lacks power. Medium body, very good length, only medium balance, slightly unrefined.
Open for business with great fruit and a really nice palate. Very clean on the finish. Great balance, does not show any heat. Should have a long life, and could well get more interesting with time, but very nice now.
Decanted 1 hr and followed for a couple more. Nose of dark berries, some earth, cedar, and tobacco, and loads of graphite. This is definitely a baby, with the tannins still holding quite tight, but the aroma alone was worth opening one now. Plenty of acid. Not really green at all. Quite yummy. Can drink now but should hold.
Really impressive. In a great place where that core of dark berried fruit is still quite youthful, but also surrounded by more developed and savoury cedary, graphite, and earthy elements. There's really bright acidity beneath giving the fruit a sense of real freshness, and the tannin is quite fine grained, becoming more silky with a couple of hours in the decanter.
Medium to light body. Rose color. Red fruits, dark fruits, cassis, earth. Fine tannins, soft, well balanced. Very nice, but not powerful. One hour decant. Maturing nicely, should improve with more time. (Doris enjoyed)
It has matured quite a bit since the last bottle, which was admittedly 7 years ago. Nice nose of fruit and asian spice. Smooth dark red fruit on the palete, a little weaker in power than I remember and a touch simpler, but finishes well with partially resolved tannins.
klart utseende med hög intensitet och röd färg. ren utalad doft med hög intensitet, fruktigt, fatigt med inslag av svart vinbär körsbär läder å vanilj. torr rel fylligt rel strävt med balanserad syra. fruktig fatig med fat å svarta vinbär alkoholhalt medel (13,5) och medellång eftersmak ett bra vin som dricks nu å 5 år framåt
Very nice showing. Last had about a year ago. Served Christmas dinner with grilled prime beef Tenderloin and King Crab legs. Amazing dinner and this was wine of the night for me just slightly outpacing the 07 Beaucastel we had. The wine is blood red and starting to brick on the edges. The nose showed strong dark cherry, hints of anise and asphalt. I decanted for 4 hour and the there are still tannins but much softer than when I first poured. Red and dark fruit along with some vanilla on the palate. IMO the wine has plenty of fruit, acid and tannins to last for years and even decades. I have 5 more and wish there were more.
More dense, concentrated, and backwards than many '04's. Quite closed upon opening needing 3-4hrs to open up. Shy nose of pencil lead, plum, and cedar. Palate is quite narrow and linear, with fine tannins on the back end. Pauillac character is there. This is still begging for some time, though better than my last bottle 3 yrs ago.
We recently saw Bottle Shock (great movie by the way) and I'm in a French mood these days. Decanted, poured and immediately wished we had decanted an hour before. Not much change since my last note in April. Currant, graphite, well integrated tannins, good finish. Takes an hour after decant for this to come through though. Still very young. Going to try and wait a few years for the next bottle.
Excellent wine. Brought to wife's birthday dinner at Mon Ami Gabi (along with a 2009 L'Esprit De Pavots). This wine was clearly the winner of the evening, and even my wife who does not normally like French wines agreed. This was the 3rd time we've had the 2004 Pontet and it is still a youngster -- would wait a few more years before trying the next bottle. Taste of crushed berries, minerals, rocks. Excellent tannins. Very fresh.
My fifth or sixth bottle of this over the years and this was the best showing yet. This has matured nicely and will hold well for many years. Gorgeous bottle with tremendous balance, structure, and finesse. Lovely silky texture on this wine as well!
Decanted for 30 mins Nice beautiful floral nose. Has that standard strawberry and chocolate nose I find a lot on Pontet. Hint of leather and mineral on the nose as well. Very good fruit. Still quite young. Good fruit. Cherrywood, mineral, and underripe cherry flavors. A little medicinal, but nice sleeper vintage.
Dark purple, almost black in color turning violet at the rim. Notes of dark chocolate, espresso, dark berries, and Pauillac earth on the nose. The palate is full-bodied, structured, voluptuous and velvety. Flavors of dark cherry, cacao, blackberry, cola, espresso, vanilla, smoke and graphite form the core. This is very attractive, balanced, and a bit on the fruity side that ends with a long, heightened finish with hints of bay leaf and meat. Fantastic! Drink now until 2029. 94+
Bought a 3L to open at a significant "decade" celebration. Decanted for about 45 minutes, and then consumed over the next 1.5 hours. Could have used a little more air time, as nose was a bit closed down at first. Wine was very much in balance, red fruit, cedar notes, good acid. Tannins not completely rounded out yet, 750 bottle might be closer to ideal drinking window right now. Lovely wine.
First bottle from the case I bought 7 years ago. Decanted for about 2 hours and then refilled bottle to take to restaurant where we didn't drink it until about 4 hours after the cork was pulled. Still seemed pretty tight to me with not much being given up on the nose or palate. Will wait another year before opening bottle 2.
Decanted for 1h. Spicy musty and fruity on the nose, alcohol and maybe some herbs? A big powerful wine, great complexity on the attack, mid palate and lingering finish. Woodsy with plenty of red fruit; there is also plenty of oak, earth, cedar and other secondary flavors; tannins on the finish, mild and well integrated. This wine is ready to rock and roll; great now, will get even better over time.
Ordered when dining with friends at La Co(o)rniche (Pyla-sur-mer, France). First a beautiful color. Then a great aroma (we decanted it for a short while), the nose is fresh and fruity and finally a the pleasure continues on the palate with balanced tannins and fruits. I rate it only 91 (!) because I found it a little short but otherwise a very pleasurabale experience, as always with Pontet-Canet
2nd bottle of mine. Opened this bottle 4 hours before the dinner. It’s a bit more expressive than the one I had on last Christmas. Typical Pauillac nose with fresh black fruits, tobacco and woods. The palate was equally impressive, smooth, great structure, concentrated, layered, with vigorous fresh mature blackberries and cassis, smoke, and green pepper. Lovely long sweet finish. I love this wine a lot even tannin was noticeable. Everything on palate was well integrated and balanced. I believe it will reach the peak in a year.
Decanted for 1 hr. Nose of cassis, graphite and tobacco. Acid and tannins are balanced. This wine is ready to drink but is a little hollow on the mid palate. I'd have prefered a little more wieght. Good wine but I feel that there are better options outthere at the $75 retail price point.
No formal notes. I was with a large group of friends at a conference, none of them wine folks. I decanted this a few hours before a party and put one glass out for people to taste as it evolved. First important thing: my friends who were there no longer think I'm a total idiot for being so interested in wine. Second: it's really plain and simple a pleasure to drink. Third: I think I shared this with maybe a half-dozen people I hardly knew, and by the time they had sampled it, we were friends. Totally worth the big bucks it costs.
A strong, nice classic nose of rich blackberry and cassis in a light vanilla wood that is becoming quite well integrated. Lovely and very rich entry that follows the nose closely. A bit more sharp cassis. A full and flat mouth, this starts and ends very juicy. Medium drying tannins and nice acidity to balance the overall richness. Hard not to like this. A nice weight and very flavourful. Good now.
This is beautiful. I don't know how to score it -- it was the perfect wine tonight. If you're wondering whether the vintage holds up, yes. It's not the '03 or '05 but it provides a lot of pleasure and complexity after an hour or two in the glass. I couldn't be happier.
Decanted three hours before. Could have used another 3 or more but drinking beautifully. Cabernet at its best, with length and a marvelous dichotomy of being straightforward on the surface, and yet as complex and interesting as one could want a wine to be. Should have decades to go.
Bouquet médocain de fruits noirs et rouges, de boîte à cigares, de cuir et de fumée. Bouche élégante, riche, mais travaillée et mate il me semble, qui ne fait pas naturelle, bien qu'agréable. Longue finale légèrement boisée. 91
Decanted and started drinking for Easter dinner. These bottles showed some serious improvement from our last. Perfectly balanced tannins supported currant, graphite, espresso. Medium bodied to begin and adding weight over the 2 hours of dinner. Not sure if there's any upside here but this should hold for years.
Decanted 3 hrs. I liked this wine right from the get go, the nose had an alluring scents of plummy perfume, graphite, and a discreet touch of new wood. The dark color of the wine could perhaps suggest an either ripe or very tannic Pauillac, but a couple of sips quickly put that notion to rest. Classically proportioned, the palate delivers a most excellent balance of fruit, tannin, acid, and minerality. The word’ rich’ came to mind after swallowing, seeing all the pre-mentioned components synch together. But before that, the initial taste conveyed sleek, dry, elegant claret that slowly gained in momentum, but always seemed confident in its direction. Kept improving throughout the night, spent a good 3 hours on this one, concluding with Game of Thrones (seems a wine that Tywin Lannister would be enjoying while contemplating where the next great threat to the throne will come from). Lovely wine, if I knew today how good 2004 would turn out and the prices that Pontet Canet would command post 2006, I would have bought a case of this without reservation for $50 per.
Lazy Monday wine. Had this with grilled lamb chops and steamed (white) asparagus. In a great place, but with plenty of room for improvement. This was my first bottle from a case, and glad to have plenty left.
Really coming together. The '04s, though unhyped by the American press, continue to shine and mature as solid, classic clarets. This wine is becoming well integrated, with a rich mouthfeel and a long finish of graphite with a whiff of cigar box. Drinking well now and, given the fine structure, expect this to be in a good place for a good, long time.
About 3 hours air. Stored in natural cellar so may be drinking earlier for me. Redcurrant and cranberry with more black fruit over time on the nose, hints of leather and woody spice too. On the palate, surprisingly silky, powerful, complex, fresh from the vintage, long finishing, mouth coating, and darker, black cherry and blackcurrant. Don't get the greenness of others - although clearly from a classic vintage and all the better for that. Simply wonderfully in balance wine.
OK left bank nose with faint trace of the Merlot. Quite modern in style and touching on overseas compactness of fruit, however clearly Bordeaux. A bit non-flowing fruit on the palate, with some olive/bitter core of fruit which never dissolved. The greeness from 2004 is apparent, with quite dry tannins. Overall a nice bottle, but it needs to mellow and brighten up!
Pontet-Canet Vertical: Similar deep garnet colour to the 2003, but very different on bouquet with aromas of musk, cherries, cedar, leather, blackberries and bramble. On palate, clearly a lighter, more classical style. Attractive, racy acids, reminiscent of the 2001. Less than medium bodied but with excellent understated structure, with good mid palate weight and supple tannins. Nicely balanced. Succulent flavours of cranberries, sour cherries, tobacco, leather, earth and an attractive minerality, not present in the other wines. Long savoury finish. Much underrated. Drinking very well now. I would drink in the next 5 years but could be held longer.
Alfred described the 2004 as classic Bordeaux. He did not know how long it would last, but said that it could be quite long lived.
Perfect bottle, perfect stand. Dark, black and compact. Begin to get some age.
Lovely nose, typically Pauillac. Cassis, graphite/pencil, dark and red berries, oak, cedar, tobacco, and start to get some meat and leather. Some curry powder, spice box ... from the sulpher :-) A green hint in the back, but in this wine it ads something good.
Good grip, well structured wine. Lovely acidity, nice tannins, all in balance with the fruit and alcohol. Quite long finish. Not green at all in the mouth, wich I expected.
One of the best Bordeaux 2004 I've tried. Almost as good as the lovely Baron Pichon. Develops well over 16 hours in decanter.
Vin carafé 1h le premier jour Robe rouge foncé avec des notes de violet, nez fumé, sur le tabac et la violette, bouche présentant une belle matière mais où les tannins ne sont pas encore assez fondus, des arômes de tabac, de réglisse, de cassis sont présents. Un vin fermé, à attendre au moins deux ans.
Still pretty dark, just slightly lighter in colour towards the rim. Creamy, lush and sweet on the nose, cedar, tobacco, ripe fruit. Slightly dry, good acidity, great grip and structure, chewy, full bodied, long. Great balance, brilliant structure. This is surprisingly backward and will need a couple of years longer than some other 2004s. I would wait for another 5+ years. 92-93+
Tasted and immediately decanted. Initially, great nose of black cherry, dark chocolate but was thin and tannic on the palate. Over two hours the wine integrated into dark berries, earth, dark chocolate, espresso. Put on weight to a medium body and had a long finish. Very nice but still young. I see upside here over the next few years. Surprisingly, the nose stayed pretty consistent over the two hours.
DRC Tasting Group: Bordeaux Night (Wild Ginger, Seattle, WA): Tasted blind. Leather and spice dominate the nose. Round and supple body, with good weight and a bit of red fruit, though quite acidic (tart dried cranberries come to mind as the dominant fruit flavor). Refined tannins, and medium to medium+ length round it out nicely, though I do think the acid is a bit out of balance. This definitely could benefit from a food pairing.
Another rewarding 2004 and drinking surprisingly well based on our prior experience with pontet canet which in other vintages has rewarded more patience. The 04 was better the second night after we PNP the first.
Outstanding nose, packed with fruit, cassis. Taste is full bodied with high tanninprofile, foodwine! Modern Bordeaux-profile, with great length, balance and grip. Beautiful bottle from otherwise somewhat harsh vintage!
93-94 pts. Very tasty wine...Excellent balance and smoothness throughout. Much better than I remember it being before. Beautiful nose full of tobacco, wet soil, and cherry. Great cabernet flavors on the palate, with blackcherries and cherry nibs for days. Great long finish, smooth and elegant. Classic Bordeaux. Delicious now and more to come.
Pontet Canet is always one of my favourite Chateau. Although 2004 was not a great year in Bordeaux, Pontet Canet still provides high quality fine wine. Medium-full body with concentrated black berries and sweet creme de cassis in palate. Beautiful structure with many layers. Stunning richness with long sweet finish. Beautiful!
Lovely nose of dusty ripe dark cherry, some crushed rock with hints of vanilla, palate is quite robust with earth, mineral and fruit components blending harmoniously, and conclude with a solid medium++ finish
Not consistent with previous bottle opened in February this year. This bottle had a more traditional Bordeaux flavor/aroma profile, an old world style. My first bottle was a modern style Bordeaux. Such bottle variation continues to surprise. Had with Thanksgiving meal. One bottle remains, will probably drink soon.
Le nez est sur des arômes de cerises noires, de mures et de chocolat. En bouche, ce vin possède une belle structure. Cerises et de framboises, avec du moka. ll y a beaucoup de mâche et de matière. Les tannins sont serrés, fins et granuleux. La finale est longue et rien n'accroche. Style classique et excellent "claret"!
Pre-Thanksgiving Tasting (Kevin's House): 2.5 hour triple decant (one hour in decanter at my place, back in bottle, and the remaining time in decanter at Kevin's). Nose: Big inky qualities initially with dark fruits, floral qualities and spice. Cedar and cassis elements appear with glass air time. At times this comes off as red fruited to me and then would be dark at other times so it was somewhat morphic, which I thought was very interesting. Palate: As with the nose interplay between red and dark fruits with dusty tannins and the cassis and spices showing. The extreme air time was very beneficial and my last notes (8/30/13) when the wine was only Vinituried into glass was a misstep on my part. My last bottle of this will see at least 3-4 years sideways before opening. Always liked Pontet and what the Tesseron family does with this wine. 92+ points.
Mostly French Micro-Offline (Rocknroller's (Kevin & Vicki's Place)): Very dark red/purple color. This had a total of 2.5hrs in decanter. Drank 2+ glasses over 2+ hours. This definitely benefited from the decant and continued to open in the glass. A nice nose that while somewhat primary, already reveals much of what is to come. A sweet perfume of roses and violets wafts from the glass, along with cassis, cedar planks, spice, sandalwood, and earth. The palate has excellent structure and balance, full bodied, cassis, black cherry, cedar, spice, graphite, and subtle oak. This finishes long as well. This is just at the start of the drinking window and I expect this to take on even more finesse over the next 5-10 years. 92+(+)pts.
One tasting note for both the 2003 and 2004. Beautiful bouquet with dark forest fruits, graphite, cedar, tobacco and licorice. In the bouquet the 2003 showed a little more sweetness. On the palate the 2003 was the most concentrated with beautiful dark fruit juice, sweet spices, firm but good acidity and still youthful and round tannin. The 2004 was just a little leaner and elegant and also very juicy. The bitterness showed a bit more and the finish was a bit shorter compared to the 2003. Both wines are still in their youth. My scores are not extremely high, possibly because the wines needed more air time. 2003 - 94, 2004 - 92.
Delicious nose of dark red fruit, crushed mint, cassis, fresh minerality, and dark chocolate. Red fruit, black tea, orange peel, and turned soil with mouth-coating tannins on the palate. Powerful and elegant.
It's been 3 years since I last had the 04. Decanted for 4 hours and drank over 2 more. Served with grilled ribeye steak. Cherry, chocolate brownie and asphalt on the nose. Still tannic but but drinkable as it approached it's tenth birthday. I will wait 3 years before trying again. Sour cherry, cocoa and classic Pauillac granite on the palate. This is really nice now but I believe it will be far better in the future....possibly 94-95 when it hits its prime.
Expressive bouquet of dark fruits, gravelly earth and leather. On the palate, flavors were less pronounced with a medium body yet beautifully presented. Gravel, leather, dark fruits and wood vines. Concentrated and elegant. This wine is beginning to bloom but if you can hold for a couple more years you’ll be happier. Tannins are softened and integrated. Delightful. (Doris loved this wine)
Start off very concentrated and ungiving, but opens up to be a young bordeaux with high potential. Some dark and red fruits, a little bordeaux leather and earth. High acids and comfortable tannins tells me this has a long way to go, but will be beautiful. WAIT A FEW YEARS
Ai! Finally after laying in my cellar for 7 years, I've uncorked one of my 3 Pontet Canet's. But What I hoped for ( an wine that sings halelujah) was not really delivered. The nose promised a lot of fruit, but it really lacked it in taste. rather toned down, earthy, some dark fruit. No big finish. Not what I expected at all. After other dissapointing encounters with the better cru's in my celar, i'm starting to doubt the conditions of my cellar... Haha.
The 2004 Pontet-Canet is medium purple in colour with a fresh fragrant nose that is rather driven yet with a “classic” Pontet-Canet style. The nose opens up to slight herbs (rosemary), sweet incense, liquorice and fruit notes of prunes, juicy blackcurrants, slight thick-skinned blue berries and gentle spice.
A velvety entry of fruit flavours of juicy blackcurrants and prune skin. Tannins are quite mouth-coating and grippy. Medium finish with alcohol coming up with a little punch towards the end. Rather bold structure.
Vinituried into glass. Nose: Gravel mineral nose with red fruits with hints of pencil lead and underbrush. Palate: Cherries and some raspberry show initially with a high toned presentation. Good acid levels but much lighter and more integrated than the last taste on 6/23/10. That taste was also much more dark fruited versus this bottle, which is interesting. Finish on this bottle is medium. Not sure about the future of my last two bottles given that this is light, and drinking quite pleasantly now. Perhaps I'll open the next one in spring 2014 and go from there.
smooth bordeaux light on the tannin The wine looks Purple colored. The legs are Medium. It smells like Stoniness, and Vanilla. It tastes like Blackberry, and Raspberry. The body is Medium/Full. The wine has Smooth texture. The wine finishes Medium.
La couleur est rubis allant vers le violet. Le vin est encore jeune. Un peu trouble (pas limpide). Dense, presque opaque. Le nez est sur le fruit, floral (violettes?). Cerise noir, chocolat blanc, il y a un côté lacté. Bien-sur, les autres odeurs typiques y sont (cèdre, etc.) En bouche c’est le bonheur. Les tanins sont ronds, le fruit très élégant, très présent. En milieu de bouche on a des épices qui apparaissent (cumin ?). C’est dense et savoureux mais pas du tout lourd. Belle longueur et belle finale. Pourrait (devrait ?) être gardé encore plusieurs années.
2004 Bordeaux Tasting: Glossy and creamy red fruited nose. Bit of sweet floral elements, strawberry and cherry. Nice even and balanced entry giving way to fruit and ample acidity. Powerful tannins, firm and upfront oak, a bit disjointed, tannins are a touch rough. Nose picks up a bit of chalkiness. Nice and dry with an even red fruited profile, tons of fruit there, very concentrated but not over extracted. Even with more air in the glass the tannins don't calm down, a bit clumsy now but will age effortlessly. Tons of fruit to outlive the tannins, excited to see this come together with some more cellar time.
Decanted for 1 hour. Intense but a bit monolithic nose with ripe red fruit, cassis and plum... everything a bit overripe. On palate this wine is massive, carrying a high acidity to match its full body. For me acidity is just a bit descompensated and overwhleming. A lot of fruit, with present tannins and a long finish made this wine improve every hour and even better the following day when finished for breakfast. (91-92+).
Smoky bouquet with cedar, cigar box, chocolate and cassis. Same on the palate. Some red fruits as well. Firm acidity and round tannin with a bite. The wine is quite elegant now and is still very youthful. Waiting until 2018 is probably wise.
Quie a dark colour and equally dark nose of blackberry and cassis with a wooden backdrop with more vanilla coming through over time. Very nice with a decent purity of fruit. Entry is quite strong and stays with you until a quite balsamic but fruit driven finish with leather and again strong cassis. Tannins are certainly stout. Quite long with tobacco and pencil lead. Just a tad leafy on the finish. A decent decant needed to drink this now.
Opened, decanted for 90 minutes, and then vacuumed and drank over a couple of days. Almost black, with red/ purple rim, muted nose, and typical Pauliac taste and long finish. This really needed longer decanting and more time in bottle. It will be great (and great value) with a few more years in the cellar
Outstanding – classic Pauillac profile in a full package that contained all the flavor and supporting structure to which top class Bordeaux aspires. While drinking today, it will improve for many years and should end up being a real standout. Exciting wine that is competing with the really big boys…. (96+)
Decanted 3 hours consumed over next two. Deep red to the rim. Developing nose with dark fruit and graphite. Tight on the palate, but works with food. Full palate, good acid, strong tannins and wood notes still showing. Has good fruit, so should improve with time. Hopefully the wood and tannin will integrate.
My third bottle of inventory. Despite giving this additional ageing, I cannot bump up the score. Nose still somewhat muted, black fruits, earth, and glycerin. Still in a tannic stage and with dried fruit. Hard to see how this matches either the stellar '04 Lalande or Baron in its future.
Opened up beautifully over 45 minutes. Still very youthful but well balanced with great fruit and herbs-- tannins present but not oppressive. A perfect pairing for roast pork (without sweet condiments). Consensus was that the wine was ready for enjoyment, but that a few further years of ageing would not be a detriment...
With vibrant cassis, violets, and pungent blueberry jam on the nose, I found this wine to be extremely open and expressive. The palate is loaded with fruit and creamy custard -- absolutely delicious. I think this wine is better than the neighboring Grand Puy Lacoste of the same vintage, and might even be up there with the 2005's. Still a little tannic and grippy at the end, making me think that it will be even better in 5 years or so. Even so, it is a delicious offering from Paulliac today.
Aromas of mushroom, earth, and cassis. Fruit is restrained and elegant but tightly wound. Medium to full bodied. Bright acidity, noticeable minerality, with a super clean and dry finish...lots of grip. Just a baby at this point in time. Beautiful wine!
this PONTET CANET 2004 is amazing among the other´s (2004)
in general: I like most of the 2004 ´s like Lascombes 2004, Montrose 2004, Palmer 2004, and so on ...
but: this 2004 PONTET CANET has all of them: in other word´s its beating them in its manner to represent all the Goodness which can be in such a YEAR like 2004-
The colour is dense purpel - looking allready thick and like a Stone --- as well
The Smell is pouring out of the glass immediately !° without even getting to close to the glass
and The NOSE is so awsome Real classy BORDAUX of Paulliac ;-) kirsch- licorice- tabacco and new oak, vanilla and dry amarena kirsch- a little hint of cassis and boisn berries ...
The TASTE :
is in the Beginning peppery - like a wood of Cedar and Eucalyptus as well - so in other word´s massively in its primary Taste .. and then the Symphony comes with a lot of other hints of tastes ! Cacao, dried fruits like a portion of good rum punch and its flavour of elder (Sambucus nigra) and plums and figs ...
and in some more year´s propably mor e to come of some layers are overlayed by the thick struckture of a wood ;-)
Consumed over about 2 hours with dinner. Initially this half bottle was rather tight and unyielding. It showed a density but no features - essentially a blank wall. About 45 minutes after opening, the wine began to take on nuance, gain fruit and get more and more supple with added air. The last few sips showed quite a bit of fruit, a firm tannic spine and a persistent finish. Perhaps a 1 hour decant would have been beneficial, or leave alone for another 2-3 years (from 375 ml).
Acquired upon release and perfectly cellared; Beautiful color, first scent out of the glass is classic cassis; then the aromas of dark berries emerge - blackberries, boysenberries and dark cherries; delicious full fruit, mouthwatering wine; mouthfeel is smooth, although there is still a sense of light tannins resolving themselves; after a while, lighter fruits add to the mix - primarily raspberries. Longer term (40 minutes) florals and perfume comes along, but there are still strong berries in the nose. Excellent wine. Suggest trying this again in 2016.
Let this open up for about three hours in the bottle. Dark plum, cassis, chocolate, earth and slightly used leather saddle. Palate confirms the dark plum, more leather and touches of spice box. Rich robust long finish. Very big wine. Still young with a good decade or so left in its life. A nice '04 showing flamboyant textural aspects that were gorgeous and a little New World.
Deep and dark with heavy tannins but still smooth, grips the palate and didn't let go. Could definitely age for another 5-10 years. This wine finished 2nd in a 5 person blind tasting of 5 other aged Bordeaux. 1st 2003 Croix de Labrie, 2nd 2004 Ponte Canet, 3rd 2000 Branaire Ducru, 4th 2000 Haut Bailly, 5th 1999 Lynch Bages and 6th 2000 Gazin.
Taking to Remi in NYC for dinner. Opened for 2 hours. Tasted before leavint. Incredibly smooth, resolved tannins, great fruit of dark chocolate, cassis, strong body and legs with deep purple color to the rim. More to come after dinner. So if you can't get the old stuff this 04 is very approachable and delicious. Well balanced and structured with good dark fruit but not over the top. Still a tad tannic so while approachable it is better to wait another year or two.
NY/NJ WLTV Offline at SD26 on 12/12/12 (SD26, NYC): Ripe black cherry and cassis on the nose with some subtle pyrazine and a touch of toasted oak. Similar notes on the palate. Medium body, tannin and acid with a medium long finish. Nice, well-balanced wine.
Had my wife's folks in town for dinner, do we opened this with a Beef Tebderloin roast. Gave about two hours of air before serving. Opaque violet with a garnet rim. Powerful nose of black currant & some green pepper. Hints of cigar swirl around as well. Full bodied & in a great place. High intensity, tannic & powerful. Showing layers of dark fruit & some leather notes. A little more bell pepper on the finish.
This paired beautifully with the meat which we roasted to medium rare and a ring of black pepper crust. One of those meals where the wine makes you want a bite of food, then the food makes you want the wine, etc etc.
Carafé deux heures et bu sur de la charcuterie pendant une heure Acide à l'ouverture, ce vin a beaucoup bénéficié du carafage. Robe rouge sombre, nez discret sur les fruits rouges, arôme de cassis et sensation minérale en bouche, belle longueur, tanins pas tout à fait fondus. une belle bouteille, à attendre encore au moins deux ans
2000-2009 vertical of Chateau Pontet-Canet, with Alfred Tesseron (Roberson Wine, South Ken, London): Much like the 2002 it lacks the magic of a good Bordeaux and the 1 hour of decanting took away quite a bit of its “vibrancy” vs when we tried it at the start of the year with almost no decanting. Definitely didn’t help that we tried it with great PC wines like the 01 and 00. Very light on the nose. Good silky tannins on the palate, quite a bit of fruit. The elegance is there but it lacks the magic. Drink sooner than later. 91
For the record 2004 was the first year Pontet-Canet went Organic& Biodynamic.
Pop and pour. Deep Purple to a slightly rust colored rim. Big Bold legs and tears on the glass. Dark fruit, chocolate, leather, blood, meat on the nose with hints of vanilla and oak and every so slight nail polish. Dark fuit, spice and wood tannins on the attack. Tight at the moment. Unresolved tannins. Very youthful and should have waited as others suggest but I must learn its youth is exactly why I opened it. Now I have something to comare in 2-5 years. Decanted for 3 hours until dinner. Perfect with foie gras, lamb and eggplant. This is a definite food wine.
Youthful color, fragrant nose, finally integrated, expressive, extracted and big.Made me want to reach for a glass of water, but not overly tannic. This has potential, give it another 3-5 years to develop further. It's just starting to open its wings. 91++
NR. Decanted for 3 hours and double decanted back into bottle for 2 hours. Mouth puckering dry tannins. Food helped some, but it took quite some time before I could taste anything. There is firm structure, and very nice fresh berry on the long finish, but boy is this wound up. 5 years, 10 years??? Ouch.
Stunning wine. Another example of why we need to wait for these gems! Really enjoyed this wine, quite complex and yet so approachable. Complex nose with oodles of concentrated cherries, some blueberries and cranberry and well integrated wood and nice dash of spice. So very young... and yet so delicious with nice round tannins. smooth and a long lingering finish. Quite impressive once again, this is my 5th 2004, keeps getting better and the next one will be with 3-5 more years at least!!! Strongly recommended for those who understand Bordeaux!!!
--- COLOR: Purple-garnet with clear light-garnet rim NOTE: Tasted the 2000, 2003 and 2004 side-by-side. Man, if you look at the tasting notes for each of these vintages it seems like I'm drinking totally different wines than other tasters. This came in second, behind the 2003. Decent red fruit nose with strong leather and tobacco top notes. Mouth is medium weight, has a hint of glycerin, and combines fresh pomagranate/raspberry juice with minerals. The finish really drops off like a rock though, which is why this comes in behind the 2003, a more complete wine. Glad I stopped buying Bordeaux after the 2005 vintage. I can count on one hand how many red Bordeaux wines I've enjoyed (with or without food), and that's after trying about 70 bottles over a decade of vintages from about 20 Chateaux. I haven't found a consistent Bordeaux taster (professional or otherwise) that I can trust to match my palate.
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I did drink this ages ago so this is brief. It started to open up on the second night and you can tell that it is powerfull and will be a great wine. HOWEVER, for now leave it for another 5 years, its a waste drinking this now!!
Colour: medium plus intensity, slow thick legs, Ruby Nose: medium intensity, clean, developing. Very slight farmyard, cedar, concentrated black fruit - currants - slight mint, pencil shaving and graphite. hints of chocolate Mouth: medium plus acid, medium fine and talcy tannin, medium plus body, medium flavour intensity, Dry. Savoury black currant and cherry, slight burnt quality, cedar, astringent and bitter on the medium plus length finish that is slightly warm. There are hints of plain chocolate and sweet spice as well. Good.
Way too young. Had a promising nose on opening, took ~30-60 min to open up. Then there was just a 30-60 min window when it was drinking fine, after which it became very tart and astringent. The narrow window showed what this wine is capable of but it's way too early now.
bright fruit, heavy tannins and quite muscular, yet somehow hollow on the midpalate. The finish is persistent, but tannic. day 2, no oxidation whatsoever. still in a "closed" phase is my guess. reserve judgement.
Last tasted this a little over 2 years ago. Still sitting in that same little sweet spot but didn't need more than an hour in the glass, compared to a longer decant last time. Great mix of earth and fruit on the nose with a nice texture. To be able to pick up a few of these at $50 is a steal compared to it's neighboring vintages and more recent releases.
First of a case tasted against the 1994 Pontet Canet.
Nose: Initially vanilla oak with little fruit. After two hours the fruit presents with blackberries and plums
Taste: Locked down until hour three when a fruit basket arrived along with ginger snaps, pine and dirt. Still very primary at this stage.
Overall: This wine needs time but will create old bones if given time to come together That means that it is what one should expect from Bordeaux at age eight- coming together and showing its provenance but not ready yet. Not ready yet but who wants a jammy adolescent anyway?
I have had several bottles of this wine over the past year and I had high expectations, but this one had an odd chemical taste that did not dissapate even after several hours of breathing. The wine was drinkable, and I would give it 86 points, however, I know what this wine usually delivers, and this bottle was unrepresentative of its standard.
The wine looks Purple colored. The legs are Slow. It tastes like dark fruits and Oak. The body is Full. The wine has Round texture. The wine finishes Long. Started after an hour and a half of decanting. after 3 hours it was very nice.
Nose: rich opulent aroma of blaccurant, graphite, prunes and tobacco. Young a bit harsh tannins. Very nice velvety texture, just the right level of acidity, broad wine, almost chewable. Flavours of blaccurant, earth and graphite. Long complex aftertaste. Classy Paulliac, but too early to drink now. Should be at it's peak in no less than 4-5 years.
Stunning wine. Really enjoyed it. Dark red. Complex nose with concentrated cherries, blueberries, wood and spice. So very young... Lots of supple round tannins. Strong body and a long lingering finish. It is still very primary - let it sleep for 3-5 more years at least...
Retail purchase, held for 4 years. Richer now than before, this 2004 Pauillac is fulfilling and exceeding. Deep blue, and more identifying as a Pontet Canet than a PAUILLAC. That lushness hinted in 2010 has emerged. Still primary. Blue and blackberry, tobacco, cedar. Juicy. No heat. Balanced, effortless. Very long. Evolutionary track continues. If the evoluton is this wondrous as 04, then 05 08 09 10 will be mind blowing. Lovely.
Decanted for 20mins or so. Side by Side with 2003 Light mocha and oak notes on the nose (reminds us for the Pichon Baron 2004) , dark fruits. On the palate it is fruit fwd round, supple and feels (definitely an easier wine to try now vs the 2003). Oak and dark fruits again, velvety and suprisingly ready to drink. Enjoyed it thoroughly and def much smoother than a year or so ago. 92-93 and can only get better
Ordered at restaurant The Steakhouse in Lachen. The waiter decanted the wine for 1.5 hours before we had the first glass. The wine was dark purple in colour and offered crème de cassis, pencil shaving, autumn leaves, cigar ash and eucalyptus on the nose. On the palate the wine showed black currant, red currant, graphite, eucalyptus, and hints of chocolate and tobacco, with fine dry tannins and very good acidity. The wine had good length and a nice purity of fruit, but overall was less pure and focused today than the last bottles I had. 90+
Bordeaux 2004 Dinner at 3418 (My House): Outstanding. All four of us ranked this the #3 wine of the night - but it was a photo finish as all wines were outstanding. Accessible, but still plenty of stuffing to cellar and evolve for ten more years. A little more modern in style than the Pichon Baron. Mouth coating flavors that showed the most Cabernet typicity of the wines; but it did not express its terroir as well as the Pichon Baron.
Wonderful leather and sweet red fruit nose on opening - wouldn't pick it as a Pauillac. Fresh, but closed, tannic. 3+ hours air - this is dark and brooding, dark plum fruit, but mainly liquorice and tobacco, hints of red fruit on the nose. Real class here - and much better than the 2003 I've tried twice in recent weeks. Give it 3 or 4 years at least. 92+ on potential
CT Texas Offline III; 11/18/2011-11/19/2011 (Galveston): Dark stone fruits, lots of tannin and astringency. Bit bitter. Way too young to drink. Pits, and peach on the middle of the palate. This one is a wild child that is going to take a while to play nice with the rest of the kids. Different style than I've seen in other PCs. Lots of potential, but not going to be there for a good long while. Think this could increase to 91ish after several years.
Well made wine. Opaque purple. Initially quite tight on the nose but opened up after after 15-20 minutes in the glass. Awesome potential but needs some time to integrate as tannins still a bit overwhelming. Try again in a year or two. Rating subject to moving higher
This wine is drinking wonderfully now. For my tastes, better than the 03. Will improve over the years, but if your interested, worth cracking one open now. Color is opaque purple, Cool nose of cassias, black cherry, smoke and herbs. palate is cool, tart cherries, medium bodied. tannins are heavy and as they integrate this wine will improve. A fine and well made wine. Upper limits of outstanding. Can't wait until the "great vintages " of this are ready to drink (05, 09, 10).
This one's been in the cellar for a while. Still not ready for primetime but still excellent in spite of it's youth. A deep purple, almost black color, very thick and viscous in texture. Initially a bit closed but starts to open with notes of cedar and cassis. All black fruit, black currant and berries with an underpinning complexity of expresso, dark chocolate, minerals, and some tobacco. Still a bit tannic, this wine will age for another 10-15 years. I've got one more bottle left which I'm going to lay down for another 10 years before trying again. This will be really outstanding by then. Classic Left Bank!
This wine tastes young, with underbrush, cedar and upfront tannin. The fruit comes through for sure, and the finish is strong, but there is not complexity at this time. I think this will develop nicely in 5 years or so, but what do I know.
GPL vertical with '96 Pauillacs (Scenic Loop Cafe, San Antonio, TX)): Wow, the concentration and extraction on this wine is impressive for ’04. Still very backward. Deep dark character nose, rather shy, with some cedar. Palate is rather closed as well, showing some plum and currants, with high toned acidic feel. Finishes very tannic, with roasted coffee and hint of vanilla. Great potential but showing little enjoyment tonight compared to the others. This needs many years to come together and is nothing like the other ‘04’s I’ve enjoyed recently.
Served double blind, this was a difficult wine to assess to several reasons - first, its youth; second, its style is very modern, making it challenging for tasters with more Bordeaux experience than mine to guess the region or even the varietal(s). The wine had nice black fruit at its core with lots of oak, along with with hints of licorice and smoke. Very nice, but I'd put this away for at least a decade and hope more "Bordeaux" and even "Pauillac" appears.
We ordered the wine at Restaurant The Steakhouse in Lachen. After decanting it for about 30 minutes we consumed it over a period of 1.5 hours. The wine was pretty tight initially, but opened-up nicely over time. It offered a beautiful Pauillac nose with currant, rose water, pencil shaving, milk chocolate and some spices. On the palate the wine was very silky and very pure and focused, with currant, graphite, milk chocolate and mild liquorice, and with ultra fine tannins. I simply loved it!
The wine reminded me of the 2004 Lynch-Bages, with another two notches up in quality and deliciousness. It already was very enjoyable and I would guess that the wine will enter its prime drinking window in three to four years. 92-94
Drank over dinner with venison and really enjoyed it. Had the sommelier decant it two hours beforehand which helped as still a young wine. Lovely nose followed by cassis, graphite and raspberry. Had that laser-like focus that somehow only great Pauillacs (and maybe Las Cases) manage. This is a great Chateau whose prices remained modest up to a couple of years ago but even today represents "relative" value for money compared to its illustrious neighbours. Would guess this wine will enter its long drinking window in 2-3 years. Bravo!
Decanted for two hours before having with grilled bone-in pork chops and drank over the next 2+ hours. This was all over the place, which leads me to believe it is definitely in a dumb phase. It really had nothing going at first, then turned into a very tart cherry taste & smell. Seemed to then get a bit of a darker taste of coffee and showing some forest floor before getting back into a tart cherry phase. At about the 4 hour decant mark, it settled more into the darker fruit of plum along with the forest floor. Still had a good touch of acidity. Can't score this at this point, and will hold off on the other bottles for a couple years.
This was the highest scoring French wine at our Judgment of Ballston blind tasting of 12 left-bank style reds from the US and France, but it was only 7th overall on the group scores. I was being very stingy with my scores, and gave it a 12/20 which was my highest score for a French wine in the tasting. I liked it quite a bit, although I actually mistook the nose for that of a California Cabernet.
This wine is closed for business right now. Nose was muted with some tobacco scents but after 2 hours decanting, a lovely floral and cherry fruit nose with vanilla. The palate was closed and in a dumb phase. Leave for another 3 to 5 years. Modern style. This will be great in a couple of years.
Notes de dégustation de la bouteille prise pendant les fêtes: Un grand vin en devenir c’est certain. Le nez est un peu discret au début, mais avec un peu d’aération il s’ouvre sur des arômes de cerises, de mures et de framboises. En bouche, WOW, ça c’est du vin!!! Ce vin possède tout une structure. On a beaucoup de cerises et de framboises, il y a beaucoup de mâche et de matière. Les tannins biens présents sont serrés, fins et granuleux. La finale est profonde et très longue. Vraiment un très, très beau vin de dégustation, de méditation même je dirais!!! Un peu jeune certes mais qui laisse présager un avenir sublime dans 5 à 10 ans. Disons que ça augure bien pour mes 2 autres en cave!
Nose a bit muted at first. Rich cassis with some red fruit notes. Lots of graphite. Oak is apparent but it doesn't stick out. A touch of alcohol.
Fruit is a little lacking on the mid palate right now. But you can tell it is there. Really nice texture. Tons of tannin at the end. Solid acidity - well balanced. good potential and a great deal. if the fruit comes out. need to get more of these to put in the cellar.
From memory. Somewhat disjointed on the palate upon opening, with too evident tannins. It improved substantially after a while and became much better integrated, with wonderful fruit, full body in a very round and smooth palate sensation. Very fine nose too.
Serious Pauillac. Dense and deep fruit all the way, nose - mid-palate - finish. Everything is coming together and it is drinking well already. Anyone that claims that 2004 is a weak vintage in Bordeaux is quite mistaken.
Nose: Soy, dark currants, dried flowers, hint of black licorice as well as a hint of graphite and a touch of vanilla. Palate: Loads of sweet and tart currants on the attack along with refreshing acidity and a hint of soy. Anise and some mild tannins on the mid-palate. Finish features more currants, soy and now pencil lead, smoke, licorice, and cherries. Really, really nice wine and showing great right now. Ample fruit, acidity, and tannins - everything is in balance.
Popped and poured. Wonderful color, almost viscous like when swirled in the glass. On the nose fruit seemed a little restrained at first but opened up after about 15 minutes in the glass. Hints of spice, dark fruit, cigar. Wonderful mouthful with a lingering pleasant finish. Hardly the tannins I expected. Superbly made. 2 glasses with a steak for dinner. This wine doesn't wear me out like some more fruit forward alcoholic new world styles do. Happy I have 5 bottle left. I have the 05 too. Fantastic!
I opened with some trepidation due to previous bottles being closed off, therefore decanted 4 hours prior to drinking. Unfortunately, this was still very closed. Heavily tannic, fruit well buried (but def there), aroma not forthcoming. Came back to it after 24 hours and was more open but still only showing hints of its full potential. Overall, a big, big wine that should be left for at least another couple of years, probably more like 5-10 to coax the best out of it!
I have been buying single bottles of this since the '03 vintage but have not yet tasted any so based on recent tasting notes that this was a drink/hold, I decided to open the '04 as a reference. I decanted for 2+ hours before pouring it back into the bottle and first impressions were the deep purple color as I poured the wine. The first sip was dry and tannins were pronounced so this boy can certainly age. There was some nice underlying fruit and the wine did open nicely over the couple of hours.
I did find it tough to coax out much on the nose. Yes vigorous swirling in the Reidel glass would bring out some cedar and dark fruits but I was disappointed I had to really stick my nose in the glass to detect the notes and my wife noticed this as well. One of my wine benchmarks is how many inches above the rim of the glass that I can get a good whiff and this fell short for me.
Overall I think this bottle was closed and the long finish and firm tannins suggest that some prolonged aging would bring out the best of this. Too bad it was my only '04 but I will hold the 03, 05 & 06 for some 5-10 years.
Are these ready to drink yet!?!? (NYC): Exceptional. The nose is absolutely loaded. Sweet, dense, rich, complex--this is actually exciting! Packed with currant, blueberry/raspberry compote, cedar, new oak, tarry, rubbery leather, and flowers, this nose is huge (note this is after about 4 hours from popping). A remarkable transition takes place through the palate. Extremely dense, concentrated dark blueberry/raspberry fruit balanced by loads of ash and oak, sweep through the palate with excellent precision and weight, allowing for an extremely dry and lingering finish with spring flowers lingering indefinitely. This is soooooo good, and promises much more with extended cellaring--although the wine is showing so much today, it seems to be holding out on even more beauty and finesse.
Anyone who follows me knows that I've always referred to 2004 as a vintage for Bordeaux traditionalists, and this cuvee absolutely fits that category. It is exceptional now, but promises more with further cellaring.
Consumed this evening from magnum over about five hours. This is the first time I have had this wine in about three years, when we last drank it with Alfred Tesseron himself in Times Square at a 1994-2004 Pontet-Canet vertical tasting. This is the first vntage that Alfred went with the big glass bottles, the tissue paper, the whole whoring out to the Asian millionaires thing. Hey, why not? This wine is Mouton-like, but, then again, when has it *not* been of at least Mouton quality since 1994? This is like a 1994 Mouton Rothscild: stern, tannic, reserved, devoid of manipulation, as He Who Shall Remain Nameless pointed out in his rating of this wine. This is a Jim How kind of wine (apologies ahead of time for the third person reference, it was made to stress the point). It would be fascinating to experience a 1994-2009 Mouton/Pontet blind tasting vertical, hey, Mouton has made some great wines during that time as well. The 2004 Ponet-Canet, especially "en magnum", is still very young. It has some slightly astringent vegetal notes-- again, I'm going to assume the 2006 is going to be much better than the '04-- and it lacks the rich tar, the voluptuousness of the '03. But I am very, very pleased to have a full case of 750s in my cellar. This is going to age well for another 20-30 years or more, and will probably improve. Very solid.
Tested from a preservation machine. On the nose mild sweet floral spice, smoke, and earth with hints of sour dark fruit alongside. Tastes quite young, a bit watery mid-palate but nicely balanced and integrated with notes of wood, smoke. Fruit (cassis, dark fruit) is mostly in the background. Fuzzy almost grippy tannins at the front of the tongue. Dry. Body medium, acid medium, tannin medium plus. Needs serious decanting, or better let it age another 3+ yrs and test again.
a year after tasting it at the chateaux, another very strong showing. colour: purple/dark, looks australian. intense nose of dark fruits with cedar and graphite. palate: dark fruits with some minerality/smoke. this looks like its getting better and better. better with 2 hrs+ aeration.
Beautiful. I wanted to wait longer but managed 7 months since opening the last bottle. If the improvement is this great every 7 months then in 12 or so years this is going to be phenomenal. It has lost the rough tannic edges and some of the spice. The palate is violet, cherry and chocolate but the nose is almost as impressive. I decanted for 2 hours and when poured the whole glass was full of violets and cassis. How long can I wait until I open the next one??
Bordeaux, Italy and a Burg in Minneapolis: Dark! Blind I would never guess Bordeaux and had an in your face nose of crushed rock, violets, spices and cassis. Rich wine with cherry, violets, spices and chocolate dominating the palate and finish. Long finish and tannic. Should have 20 plus years left.
Mørk blå-rød på farge med rød kant. Stall, lær, mørk frukt på nesen. Cassis / kirkebær. Stor munnfylde og lang ettersmak. God syre og kraftige tanniner. Etter åtte timer i karaffel åpner vinen seg og tanninene trekker seg noe tilbake. Drikk fra 2014. En flott vin for kjelleren.
A classic Brodeaux, very structured wine with soft and ripe tannins. Nose is a bit mute at present with tight palate, took an hour for wine to open up a little. For sure it be benefit greatly with a couple of year's bottle age.
This wine is way too young!! Why can't I keep away from it?! Every time I open the cellar it just seems to call out my name with it's seductive bottle shape and elegant white label. Damn you Pontet Canet! Damn you to hell!!!
Very dark purple colour to the rim. Quite big, open, fruity, spicy nose - fresh and classic Medoc. Quite approachable considering the young age. The taste starts very fresh and fruity and adds on tannins, earthiness and roasted spicy oak. Good length and wheight - although not heavy. Very good indeed considering the tricky vintage.
Opened and decanted two hours before drinking. Initially very fragrant, complex, sweet red fruit aromas. Upon tasting the fruit had retreated and the wine was tannic and closed. Needs time to balance but has good potential.
Wow, what a super charged '04. Very burly and rich bordeaux, to me tastes more like a '03. Strong glycerine nose with cherries and a touch of heat. Palate is full of currant, oak, liquorice, soy, but a silky mid palate and a very strong tannic finish. This wine needs to sit for several more years to see its full potential.
From magnum. Decanted for 5 hours, then put back into the bottle for another 2 hours before serving. The decant really helped the wine open up nicely. Of the few times I have had the 04 Pontet-Canet, this was probably the best showing for this wine. Very powerful nose, showing nice pencil shavings, new leather and dark berries. Smooth on the palate with good body and a great finish. Great value compared to other vintages.
Drank alongside 04 GPL. Dark color, more fruit on the nose. Good fruit on the attack, then tannins and a slightly hollow note on the finish. Decanted about 3 hous ago. I suspect the tannins are just too prominent at this point.
The score is more for the potential and overall class of this wine than its current tasting. DO NOT OPEN YOURS YET! I have a couple of cases of the 2004 and felt I had to try one now for long term comparison. It simply isnt ready yet, there are another good 15-20 years in this wine. At the moment it is closed and far too tannic. The aroma is black fruit and leather with and strong spicy, full fruit finish. This could end up being world class.
Really backwards and wound up at the moment, this took some time in the glass to come around. Blackcurrant and black cherry on the nose with cassis and cedar notes. Impressive concentration on the palate with very dark and powerful fruit. Very structured on the finish. This wine needs plenty of time in the cellar but it could be a beauty when it’s ready.
Cabernet Comparison (Exton, PA): Bought on release. Decanted 1.5 hours, which proved not nearly enough. Inky blue, dark rim. Textbook Pauillac aromas, dark fruit, leather, lead pencil. Somewhat shut down at this time, showing a hair under-ripe with a bell pepper tang just above the dark fruit. Young. Tannic. Long. Reserved power, closed without lots of air, but better to simply wait it out. 2013+ Update: a week later, under vaccu-vin in the fridge, this wine opens and shows more power, concentration, extraction and intensity. A slow maturity with a wide plateau, it seems as though it will drink at its best in 2014+ and roll for a couple of decades. Great value in Pauillac for classified growth wine. Upgraded from 91 to 92.
I have quite a few so I decided to open one.....tight ...dark dark magenta purple.nice nose of spice/floral......tannic with underlying fruit Day 2 this wine is even better took on some weight, wood, so easy to drinlk
LA/OC Welcomes Hollowine! (WCC & Houston's Irvine): Hmmm...this one made me scratch my head a bit. I have had quite a few 04's recently that are really showing well, so I have been wanting to check in on this wine for some time now. Unfortunately it seems in a bit of a closed phase. Chewy tannins and pencil lead dominate with the fruit hiding far beneath. I'll let the next one rest for a couple more years before coming back. Still tasty stuff!
NOSE: super graphite!! how many No. 2's were ground-up and dissolved into this puppy!?! pleasant florals; purple fruits hiding in back; extremely tight right now.
TASTE: Medium bodied on the palate. A bit spicy; a hint of Bdx funk; oak; fruits are hiding; tannic. Super tight right now, which surprisingly didn’t make me not like this – in fact, I love this wine. Hold hold hold!!
Bordeaux Night (Binny's Grand Ave.): nose: real dark and mysterious nose that has a lot of power behind it with robust tones of dark red fruits, cedar, pencil lead, tobacco, and spice box tones. Giving off more then a little more then a year ago, but still fairly brooding at this time
taste: big tannins and full bodied with big and brooding tones of dark red fruits, cedar, pencil lead, and tobacco tones. Quintessential pauillac with a real robust and powerful feel. Good depth, but the tannins make it a bit rough right now
overall: A very young wine. This could be a real fun one in another ten years as it really needs to calm down. this is a heavyweight boxer and would really need a steak to go with it at this time
A surprise winner in a blind tasting of Bordeaux and CA bordeaux wannabees in the $40-$60 range. Beat out the 2000, which did well too. Really nice fruit, great palate, clean and long finish, drining very well now although clearly young.
(tasted in the chateau) This is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot and it was used 60% new oak. It has a beautiful dark ruby color. A thick and complex nose, a little bit alcoholic, blackberries, cassis, liquorice and some peppers. It is very smooth and velvety in the mouth, the tannins are evident, strong but really well made too. It has a good acidity and a medium aftertaste. This Grand Vin its gorgeous now but in 2-3 years will be an absolut delight.
Tasted from a split at the winery. While this is a not drop dead knockout wine, it showed beautifully today at our tasting at the winery. Great balance and complexity. Deep opaque color. Beautiful nose. Leather, cigar box, tar, wood but my what fruit! A bright combo of blue and red fruit. Great freshness here. The balance on the palate was outstanding. It coated the entire palate. A touch tannic and it thinned out slightly at the end, with a good medium finish. This is in a very good spot right now.
This is a big and beautiful wine. Young, but easily approachable with the right food. Dark purple, deep blackberry nose with licorice and kirsch coming through boldly. Silky, substantial mouthfeel, dark fruits, berries, minerality, and a dose of fresh meat on the palate. Big, unripe tannins with good grip, carrying some of the fruit with them. A very well made wine, and closer to the '05 than I would have anticipated.
This was decanted 8 hours prior to dinner. Black fruit with red accents, licorice and coffee notes pleased the nose, while on the mouth, you were treated to a bright blast of fruit. A little more acidic than I was expecting, the wine was helped with the food
Easily the best wine we poured over the weekend. When first opened, the wine appeared tight and restrainted. However, after a 10 hour decant, the subtle blackcherry, coffee, and tobacco notes developed nicely. Smooth, medium bodied wine, with a dark red in color. Happy to say I have more resting in the cellar.
Decanted Bordelaise style for 10 hours. Amazing nose. Pure velvet on the palate with excellent weight and texture. A big wine with lots of black fruit, pencil lead, leather and soil. Smooth on the finish. Outstanding now with a huge upside in the future. Excellent!
Like the 2003, it is a dark inky color. On the nose, dark cherries, capsicum and black currants. The palate consists of dark fruit, earth and not much else. Now that I recently tasted the 2003, I think I now understand what a "closed" wine tastes like. The palate just does not have a whole lot going on right now. Tannins are fine and are almost like velvet. Opened the bottle two hours prior to tasting. 87 to 88 with lots of potential when it opens for business.
After sitting in an open bottle for 48 hours, the fruit finally came forward and I got a glimpse of what is to come for this wine. Score increased to 90+ and I can clearly see how this wine is closed for business at the moment.
for a bordeaux of this quality, they are giving it away ! inky, bold and concentrated but its not just a big wine, and it tantalises you with its potential in 5 years time. still has not fully developed the classic pauillac aromas but will be stunning when it does.
Profugo Pre-Taste (My apartment): dark purple color that is opaque almost to the rim of the glass. the medium intensity nose shows initial notes of green bell pepper, before working through forest notes, with black fruit appearing and beginning to dominate after that. medium-full bodied palate is dominated by blackberry and plum, with some raisin, cedar, tobacco, and tar evident as well. medium-long finish is full of fruit and tar. this was revisited 48 hours later, and had faded somewhat with significantly less fruit. drink over the next decade.
This review was done on the second day of the bottle being open, as the wine was simply too young, dense and impenetrably tannic to really show itself in a pop and pour setting. Masculine nose of black currant sauce, cedar, vanilla, liquorish and chalk. Full bodied but presice, and just oozes currant, cherry, blackberry and a subtle herbaceous earthiness. Absolutely delicious, and still just a baby at this point. A bit Californian, but in a good way. Reminds me al lot of wines like Dominus Estate (particularly the '03) that are more like Paulliacs made in Napa. Can't wait to taste this in 10 years.
decanted for 2 hours, this is a good wine but needs time. The fruit is there but it is behind a wall of very firm tannin, I opened this because I have found 04 Bordeaux to be very drinkable but unfortunately this was more an education than a pleasure.
2 hour decant. Initially very closed and fairly tight in the nose. Dark purple to the rim. Nearly opaque. After 2 hours it began to finally open up with an expressive bouquet of cherry, earth, slight herbal aromas, and other dark fruit. On the palate it was medium to full bodied with still prominent (but still smooth) tannins and medium acidity. Initial taste of tart cherries faded to reveal dark fruits, aged tobacco, earth, vanilla, well integrated oak, but with a wonderful balance. Begs for more cellaring and/or a more heathly decanting time. I look forwards to my next tasting in a few years. Suggestive that it will improve over years.
This has put on a little weight since i had it 6 months ago. It was very tannic then but the tannis are softer now, the nose is more expressive and open. I still recommend a healthy decant but this is drinking much nicer and will continue to improve.
Wineflock - Cabernets from Anywhere (Ken's): Group #8, My #6 - Opaque red/black color. Medium clean earthy nose with some black fruit and a hint of coffee. Big mouthful of leathery blcak fruit with a haunting coffee finish that emerges after about 20 seconds. This showed much better than the last time I had it back in Jan, surprisingly...
Inky black with a purple rim in the glass. Cassis and floral notes dominate the nose; mainly roses, but some lavender too. In the mouth, there was plenty of cassis, blueberry, currant, oak and tobacco. Elegant, fine-grained tannins on the finish. Full of flavor, perfectly balanced, with a long finish. Low to medium acidity; well structured.
Bought and served in Bordeaux, decanted for 1.5 hours. Dark blue color to the rim. Lovely bouquet of dark fruit, loam and fresh pine forest. Quite primary on the palate, a quality expression of Cabernet & Merlot, and still very early in its lifespan. After 3 hours no signs of secondary profile, but a continued substantial structure, with fine silky tannins. Balanced, gaining power with time, and asking to be revisited in 5-10 years to see what develops. Lovely wine, and after 2014, with added complexity. Long life ahead. And at 45 Euro, less than 1/2 the current price of the superb 05, a great value!
Drank beside the 2005 Pontet Canet. The 2004 was dwarfed by the power and richness of the 2005. The 2004 was a little more precise, defined, without the balance and hedonistic allure of the 2005. Great in its own right. Nice cherry flavors, thick, the tanning coat your mouth with each sip.
Tasted at The Sampler. Closed closed closed. Very nice tannins, oak needs awhile to sort itself out, no excess ripeness. I think probably a very well made 'new-classic' type Bordeaux but not giving much away.
taste: backwards and tannic with cedar planks, red cherry tones, red and black currants, and some pencil lead poking its head out
overall: as usual with pontet canet under alfred tesseron, this needs a lot of time to fully come out. A brooding beast of a wine that screams for a rare steak, and also an 8 hour decant. This will certainly be one to revisit in 15 years(yes it probably will take that long), but it has a very nice and bold attack of cedar and a penetrating red and black currant finish
13%. Decanted for 1.5hours. Noticed this is one of those heavy bottles with thicker glass and wider shoulder. Deep purple. Very powerful nose with blackberrry, cassis, jam and coco. Very concentrated and potentially Full-bodied with pronounced tannins. Good complexity with good long finish. This intense Pauillac is built for the long haul and should age beautifully Not quite a typical Pauillac in my experience - reminds me of Pavillon Rouge of Ch Margaux 2003. Certainly, this Pontet-Canet is not very far, quality wise, from its more famous neighour, Mouton Rothschild. Certainly due to upgrade from its 1855 fifth growth status. And has Lynch Bages been unseated? Not yet.
why is it that people get so euphoric over this stuff? this was perfectly pleasant dark rich and ripe wine, with nothing interesting about it. no real character, nothing to speak of its place. fine, but shouldn't it cost about $20? with a different label, it would.
This was tasted in a vertical of PCs from 1996 up to 2004. Bottle was opened and recorked 14hrs prior to tasting and uncorked 2hrs before tasting. Opaque inky body with shimmering purple ring. At first shy on the nose, but with some time and air opened up more than I expected. Textbook Pauillac aroma profile, cassis, beautiful floral tones behind the classic lead pencil and unobtrusive oak. Dense and concentrated on the pallete, firm structure with yet-to-be-intergrated tanin with hint of coarse particles. Dry and long finish with sweet aftertaste of vanilla and cassis. Excellent concentration of fruit and precise taste. Outshined the '03 PC tasted side by side. Cannot wait to try another one in a few months time.
New bottling not case-purchase-friendly, too heavy to lift and hard to squeeze into standard Bordeaux-sized case bins. While appearing substaintial and "prestigeous", the thicker glass and wider shoulder are difficult for stacking and storage. Not an advantage in my book.
Does show solid potential ... pretty tight nose, showing cassis, bk. currant, soil and tobacco. Notes of raspberry and dk. cherry develop over time. The alcohol was med. high but balanced, med + body with a viscousness, and firm, chalky tannins. The wine was best after 4-5 hours of decanting and then the tannins became more aggressive. Earlier the finish was dense and fruity with promising length. Solid value.
Drank this to go along with watching the finale of Top Chef. Poured half the bottle into a decanter and corked the bottle and put the other half into the fridge for the next day. Let sit for an hour and had my first glass. I don't have a ton of experience with Bordeaux (Rhone, WA, and CA guy), but was immediately taken aback with the gorgeous color of this wine. Dark, almost brooding in the center with magenta edges. The first whiff gave off rose petals, crushed berries, pencil, and some oak. Once I took a drink I was amazed at how the tannin (which was quite pronounced), the fruit, and the acid all blended together to make this an almost perfectly balanced wine. Currants, chocolate, and raspberries were very evident and definitely have the long term strength to outlast the tannins. The finish was a good 30 seconds and if you have the willpower to keep your grubby little hands off this bugger--it will only get better! 92+pts.
After sampling the 05 three times I decided to go out and buy some of the 04 BDX to match against the 05 Vintage. Guess what I am finding. 2004 was not a bad vintage. Infact on a value basis it is a drinkers vintage and there are some value pockets. This 5th growth is a perfect example. PC 2004 is a seriously good wine. The nose was solid and loaded with cherry berry fruits and chocolate. The first sip showed complete balance and a very smooth early Bdx. I am in utter shock of how approachable soem of the 2004 Bdx is this early. This wine is clearly closed down a bit but man is it smooth and pleasant to drink even this early. The mid palate had herb vanilla crushed stone wet clay and coffee. the finish showed well and had nuances of licorice cigar box and floral bouquet with creme de cassis. The wood is there too but hidden a bit. This one need decanting and aeration if you kill it early. I really like this wine and much like the 05 I bet it get 3-4 points in ten yrs. Serious value for the quality. 93+
This Chateau is Moutons neighbor and its wine has been killing Mouton now for a long time. This wine is superior to the 04 Mouton which got an 89 from me. PC is a keeper QPR.
Decanted 10 hrs. Upon pouring in the decanter, I was taken back how generically ripe the wine was, nice but rather uninteresting. As the hours passed and the day went on, clarity and definition took shape, ultimately landing us in a familiar Paulliac bouquet of intoxicating cassis and earth. Though the wine was utterly primary, there was a wealth of rich fruit to savor, surprisingly so for the vintage. Great mouth feel, aristocratic and sleek. Tannins are firm, but not overly so, and the finish leaves a lasting impression. This was far superior experience than the recently sampled 2000, which is shut down and is hard as nails. Truth be told, in time the 04 may prove to be the better of the two, but a slight step below the fantastic 2003.
near black in glass. cherry, blackberry, mulberry, leather chocolate. lots of glycerin and full bodied, heavy tannins, persistent finish and quite delicious, very muscular pauillac-but not ready to drink by any measure. Has Lynch Bages been unseated? Finish is a little hot. no oxidation on day 2! This is going to be a great wine, irrespective of vintage. 2010+
This wine was very nice, approachable as they get at this age on the left bank, this was showing mineral and slate, with dark berry fruit, and woven in hints of oak. Finish was moderately long. We rushed through it more than I would have liked, and may have missed its opening some.
Pontet-Canet at Sherry-Lehmann (Sherry-Lehmann, NYC): A beautiful, more forward bouquet (Than Les Hautes de PC '04) with clear, delicious fruit, many shades of cherry, earth, wood, and spice. The concentration and extract fill the mouth, though the texture is watery. The acidity is noticably higher than Les Hautes Pontet-Canet, there is noticeable fruit on the midpalate, but the wine is really dominated by incredible, full, round, gripping tannins. The tannins will probably age this wine well, though it is too acidic and thin-textured for my tastes. The bouquet is very interesting, and I do not at all feel I completely understood its nuances. (RP 90) $47.
Full: A clear, delicious note of fruit gave way to an aromatically complex bouquet, suggesting dark cherries, mellow cherries, and mereschino cherry tones, along with earth/wood/spice notions. Again this is a rough description, possibly confounded by ambient aromas, but this bouquet would probably be interesting to observe in-vitro-vinum. The bouquet seemed to me beautiful - not sickeningly sweet like the beaujolais' single scent. In the mouth this wine somewhat failed to satisfy. It was not viscous, though there was great concentration of flavour, and I suppose in one sense, the wine's flavor was "mouthfilling." It was noticeably more acidic than Le Hautes Pontet-Canet, but with absolutely incredible, full, round, gripping tannins. There is fruit on the mid-palate, possibly a lot of fruit, though it was hard to tell as I was (excitedly!) distracted by the tannins. The finish was long, and dominated by tannins. I can see how this might be an excellent wine when the tannins mellow and uncover more fruit, though to my taste it is a bit too acidic and not full-bodied enough.
Decanted for about 2 hours before drinking. Excellent balance of fruit and earth with a surprisingly smooth mouthfeel for such a young Bordeaux. Great tannin structure makes me think this could continue to develop for another 5-7 years. The fact that this wine is only around $50 goes to show you how underrated this vintage is. Pick some up while you can!
Wouldn't have drank this, but...came home from work to "oh, honey I needed some wine to cook with and I couldn't find anything I recognized so I took one of those with the white label, you had several." At least it had been open for several hours when I had some. Seductive purple in the glass, fairly tight nose with notes of mint, cedar and raspberry. Palate similar to nose, but with a kick of acidity and fine tannin; well balanced. Medium-long finish. Gave it 90 now, but saw hints it could go higher.
Wow. This is one concentrated Pontet Canet. Already more to it than the 1996. Pure currants and young tobacco on the nose. The palate is full bodied with mouthpuckering fruit and silky tannins that are still a bit young. Don't open another bottle for five years or so (score reflects drinkability at the time of tasting).
Ordered a bottle at The Local Vine on NYE 2007. Decanted for 1hr before pouring. Earthy tones and subdues fruit aromas. Black cherries and mushroom flavors, lasts a long time on the palate - at least 30 seconds. Excellent now, probably will improve over several years.
Tasted after prieuré lichine 2003...I think will surely come around,will be very good but will be just classicaly good...2004 is a very classic vintage I know...Everything was there the fruit cherries and cassis very smooth nice tanninlevel and good acidity... right now its already closed and this wine will definitely improve with age 90-92...www.everyoneweb.com/chateaujochen
This was decanted for 3.5hrs. Dark young ruby color. Good sweet red fruits on the candied nose, notes of raspberry and cherry liquor. The firm tannins have the full bodied palate on this pretty closed down right now. With a lot of swirling I was able to pull out some notes of cassis, raspberry and cedar. Oh so young but think this has excellent potential years down the road. 92
Impressively dark, dense blackish red hue with blue reflexions. On the nose: strikingly pure fruit, with almonds (and almond flowers) plus hints of vanilla. The fruitiness is primary and all about black currants and cassis. Merlot adds dark plums and a little spicyness. We also find granpas old pipesmoker's tweed waistcoat here, and some high quality tarred oak. Very noble character. On the palate: dry, pure, austere, intense, long. Exquisite taste, good grip and dark chocolate tannins. Serious wine. Way too young. Wait at least until 2012.
Dark and brooding. Still strong hints of alcohol, but packing that undefinable something that makes me think this wine will be much better over a number of years. Subtle hints of margaux-style wine. Great fingers but nose unfortunately is all about alcohol. I think these are going to be a great $38 purchases later. Better if it is decanted. I didn't officially evaluate the '03 but based upon my recollection this is about the same.
Decanted one hour from .375. Dark purple, near opaque. Big nose of ripe red fruit and cigar box. What you smell is what you get, plus. Tannins are there, but not excessive, and actually fairly smooth for a 3 year-old Pauillac. Fresh and lively. Plenty of ripe red fruit, cedar and hints of flint. Finishes long, with tannins still hanging around and an overall impression of refinement and finesse. This will kill in 5 years, really a promising bottle. Score probably reflects potential, although it is excellent right now. Must be patient.....
Young, but suprisingly approachable, it was a large unctious youngster with a great mouthfeel, ripe berry fruit, a large mouthful of pulverized granite, and lead, and a long, caressing finish. Really a pleasure.
Very tight upon opening - almost unyielding - but the quality is there. Half of the bottle was decanted and consumed over an hour. The rest was left in the fridge. 30 minutes later, pure juicy fruit began to emerge. I was able to coax out blueberry, blackberry, smoke, and earth the longer it was allowed to breathe. The midpalate is more dense than I remember from 6 months ago. Tight with ripe, chewy tannins on the finish, which became a bit sweeter as the evening went on. Air time definitely allowed this one to shine. Recommend at least an hour, 90 mins+ optimal, imo. Couldn't keep our hands off the remaining half and consumed it over the next hour, with similar observations. Not as opulent or rich as the 2003, but the fruit is excellent. (91-92).
From a half-bottle. Quite austere and closed right now, with some prominent oak and tannin. This does have great concentration and raw material though, and should really blossom with age. I'd wait five to ten years or so before opening another.
My second half-bottle of this on consecutive nights. This one more opulent than the prior night's bottle, but still very well balanced & showing classic cassis, cedar and earthy elements with a minerality and austerity on the mid-palate that speaks of Bordeaux to me. In time it will fill in with all those lovely secondary flavors. Great juice.
Deeply colored but without as much concentration as the following vintages. More elegant in style, with a clean black cherry finish. This is the vintage to drink while waiting for the 03, 05 & 06 to come around.
Decanted for four hours and then really enjoyed two glasses. Left in the decanter and this note reflects the revisit a day later. This has opened up very nicely. Nose of black fruit cassis. While maybe a bit hollow on the mid-palate at this point, it has a long finish of blackberries and pencil shavings. This is a really nice wine and I expect it to improve quite a bit with some age.
Not decanted but tasted over 4 evenings. Best on day 1 and 3 when nose seemed to be more open with lush and ripe fruit, tobacco and smoke. Day 2 was completely closed down and day 4 indicated signs of oxidation. I'm too inexperienced with 2-year-old clarets of this quality to give a just rating but it seemed like there was lots of potiential. Great balance between fruit, acidity and tannins. Requires a long time in the cellar, I'm sure. Tasted as a part of the on-line tasting of Pontet-Canet and Lafon-Rochet organised by Adam Flint on the eRobertParker Bulletin Board.