From 75cl, perfect cork. Delicious on opening and unchanged an hour after decanting. Pure blackcurrant scent and entry; medium-bodied, rounded texture; silky, fully-resolved tannins. Super, delicious Médoc, just lacking that extra je ne sais quoi (probably due to the vintage). Fine now, no hurry, may even improve over 4-5 years. 90P
Sur ce millésime réputé faillible, Pontet Canet a réussi à produire un très joli Pauillac, classique, droit, ténébreux mais élégant. Doté d'un nez complexe, alliant fruits rouges et noirs (belle et noble pointe de cassis), aromes fins de torréfaction et de boisé (café, cèdre, boite a cigare), il cède cependant sur qq aromes tertiaires type viande/pruneau un peu moins classe (le merlot?), tandis qu'en bouche sa vigueur tout en fraicheur et tanins encore élancés révèle un vin épanoui et plein d'énergie. Un léger carafage lui a fait du bien pour polir cette matière un rien pointue a l'ouverture. Aéré, il deployait un grain particulièrement séduisant.
WSET Diploma Practice Tasting - Various Combinations (Fredericks, Islington): The wine is clear and deep garnet in colour. The nose is clean with pronounced intensity aromas of black fruit (blackcurrant, blackberry, black plum), oak, (smoke, cedar, clove), fruit development (date, prune, cooked black fruit), tertiary development (leather, cigar box). The wine is developing. The palate is dry with with medium (+) acidity, high ripe tannins, medium alcohol, full body, pronounced intensity flavours of blackcurrant, black plum, smoke, prune, leather, cedar. The finish is long. The wine is outstanding. It has great concentration of fruit, a long and persistent finish, complexity from primary, secondary and tertiary clusters. The acid and tannins are well balanced by the fruit, and the high tannins are soft and well integrated. The wine can be drunk now but is suitable for further ageing. It has the fruit concentration and acid/tannin structure to allow further tertiary development, although it is effectively now in its ideal drinking plateau and likely to remain there for 5-10 years. A mature Bordeaux that is drinking beautifully.
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(Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) A dense style of fruit in the nose, very defined and upright, black fruit character, has a style rather more reminiscent of a St Julien than Pauillac, a vintage effect perhaps? There is a little broadness and sweetness to it though, dark and grainy, sitting beneath these more superficial characteristics. There is an evocative style to it as well, early maturity, notes of tea leaves. With time really opening up - showing overt maturity, tea leaves and rust - lovely. Moderate weight on entry, balanced midpalate, slightly loose knit through the middle and slightly raw structure too, very tannic style coming out from beneath through the fruit in a slightly sharp fashion. Needs time. Not a lean and mean greenie at all though, lots of tannin in the finish although less than the 2000 I feel. More flesh would be very welcome. Good wine which will make super drinking with dinner in a few years from now.
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