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  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2010, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17.5+ points

    (Chateau Pontet-Canet (Pauillac)) A glossy, crimson hue. The nose has a powerful presence of fruit, although with a dark and stony character rather than the open and perfumed style found in the rest of the appellation. Dense, rather withdrawn, and on the palate a robust substance shows through, with a less fleshy seam of texture contrasted against it compared to some wines. But there is an elegance to it as well, a more perfumed edge to the fruits than the nose suggested. And the tannins, although coating the mouth, seem to bring the fruit along with them as they do so. This is a powerful composition which is showing very well with the broad, creamy, forest-fruit style that Pontet-Canet has these days. Very good indeed.
  • By Chris Kissack
    February 2010, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17.5+ points

    (Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) Rather tight on the nose, rather grainy fruit character, certainly dark, certainly expressing what it has to some extent at least. There is an attractive purity to it, dark fruit character with a smoky edge. Middleweight on entry, the tannins ripe but coming through, although covered by the fruit and texture which has a good style if not as incredibly harmonious as the 2005. Lots of substance to it, ripely tannic. Supple elements to it, good collection of components here, but they need time to integrate. Good ripe tannic finish.
  • By Chris Kissack
    October 2008, (See more on Winedoctor...) 17.5-18+ points

    (Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) There is a huge wealth of ripe fruit here, with a dense, savoury, macerated style. It has a sweet pastille-like intensity, but a savoury rather than sweet style, complicated by notes of tar and violets. A very serious palate follows, packed with dry and perhaps rather woody tannins, but there is plenty of fruit to match. It has austere structure, but I think it has sufficient substance too. A powerful wine which will need a lot of cellar time.

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