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Community Tasting Notes (179) Avg Score: 93.6 points

  • Had it together with Pavie Macquin `05 and Casanova di neri tenuta nuvona `10 with a Elk Dinner. The Bordeaux was in a another League. Both the Pontet Canet and the Pavie Maquin was really tight, altough the the Pontet Canet was surprisingly more open after Approc Three hours in the decanter.

    Really Clear Pauillac aromas and taste. This wine give you a Clear assumption to the greater area in Western Bordeaux.

    Full bodied with a really long taste of darker berries, liquorice, and violet. I loved it, but the Pavie Mac`was a marginal the leading horse this night. 95-96p. Would develop nicely the next decades.

    Full bodied wine with aromas who jump out of the glas. A Really long taste of Earth, Blackberry and Liquorice.

    This wine would develop for decades. I bought two more bottles - this wine is a Winner!

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  • Fantastic wine with lots of life left. Color is deep , opaque, and with red edges. Nose is a bit shy with smoke, black pepper, spice, plum, black fruit, and just a bit of eucalyptus. Palate is rustic and has a graphite texture that is both powerful and a bit rustic. This wine is still not showing much development and needs another ten years or a lot more. As it is, it's working very well with a spicy cassoulet. Love this wine.

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  • Decanted 8 hours for Christmas dinner. It needed all of it. I would hold off for another 5 years unless you have a case. I do think this will evolve into a special wine and am looking forward watching it evolve.

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  • Definitely not ready yet. Never really opened during the 3 hours we consumed it. Not much nose or finish - just too tight. Ripe, dark berry fruits with oak, spice & earth. Medium body with good concentration and still very primary flavors. Not much depth or complexity yet, but will likely be really terrific in 5+ years.

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  • for the first time I can say that I actually enjoyed a bordeaux.

    a split and quite nice.

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  • By Chris Kissack
    February 2010, (See more on Winedoctor...) 19+ points

    (Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) The nose here shows a lot of primary elements here, and is still marked by winemaking at present. The nose is dominated by the aromas of sweet oak, marshmallow and caramel, so it is clearly not a wine that I would recommend open for tasting or drinking now, even those who like to 'take one for the team'. The fruit elements which are currently sitting behind the oak are very dark, with elements of liquorice, but also with brighter although very ripe red fruits, dark cherry and raspberry. Beautiful palate though, glossy but not over the top, lightly creamy and stylish, wonderful style. Complete, harmonious, vivacious but elegant, balanced but structured, the tannins perfectly intertwined with the rest of the wine, the finish composed and complete and long. This is a very remarkable wine, rich and yet poised and light-footed. It needs to be left a very long time - a decade at least, maybe 15 years - but it will be amazing. A wine full of emotion.
  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2009, (See more on Winedoctor...) 19+ points

    (Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) A rather glossy style of fruit here, dark and intensely stylish, shining with black fruit character, dark with elements suggestive of roasted herbs, but the fruit itself is not in any way cooked or hot. Rather there is a very fresh complexity, of liquorice and macerated black fruits. Beautifully defined here on entry, pure and linear, fresh but very rich, and with a very significant presence of tannins. These have a very firm character, masculine and grippy, bright, nevertheless they sit very well with the rest of the wine. A hugely impressive effort that puts much of the rest of the appellation to shame. This wine could really go places, given the right cellar.

  • By Richard Jennings
    1/18/2008, (See more on 93 points

    (Château Pontet-Canet) Dark red violet color; sexy, ripe berry and kirsch nose; ripe, plush plum and berry palate, a little extracted; medium-plus finish (65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot)


  • By Chris Kissack
    October 2007, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18.5+ points

    (Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) Exotic, interesting, spicy nose, full of very dense and perfumed fruit, notes of roast herbs and a layer of cashew nut oak. The palate is very full, a touch creamy, with a lovely composition. Rich fruit, good substance and weight, ripe well covered tannins and a delicious, balanced style. This has great potential. Another success for Pontet-Canet, and a much higher score than my en primeur tasting.
  • By Chris Kissack
    April 2006, (See more on Winedoctor...) 16.5-17. points

    (Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) CS 70%, M 25%, CF 4%, PV 1%. This has a lovely, dense colour. The nose is perfumed with aromatic floral and mineral character. A middleweight on the palate, showing good structure; there are ripe tannins in abundance, and a full character. This very well made wine does seem a little straightforward and foursquare at present, but it has fine structure and great potential for the cellar. The aromatic complexity on the nose is encouraging. Very good indeed.

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