drank well over 2 days, dried flower pedals, tobacco and cherry candy on the nose, the plum, cedar, black tea leaves and black cherry flavors engage well with the refreshing acid and the overall feel in the mouth is uplifted, elegant and balanced, a restaurant quality wine that is built to last
Decanted for 1-2 hours. Still good for many years to come, but easily appreciated now. Classic aromas of cassis, cigar, plum, and tobaccoleaves but feels more feminine. The freshness is balanced and the tannins there, but starting to integrate. Soft mid-palate, good length.
Soft floral and Margaux like even showing velvety purple plum fruits like a right bank. Sumptuous fruit. Juicy wine for a pauillac with only a sliver of leather. This bottle is the best so far although not v correct for it appellation.
Monday night Dinner (Bedrock Bar & Grill): Signature floral nose of Pontet with blackfruits, cassis, earth, forest floor and subtle notes of tobacco and cigar box. Still primary on palate, blackfruits, cassis, polished fruits and subtle tobacco, good ripeness, robust mid-palate, and balance acidity. Aged nicely and very enjoyable now with its beautiful balance. Long lasting finish with fine tannins. Showing very well tonight and definitely one of better wine alongside Barton.
Four Birthdays and a Wedding Anniversary (Nicolas Restaurant, Teck Lim Street, Singapore): Pretty enjoyable - while not a blockbuster, it is certainly a notch up from the last time I tried it in 2008. Unlike some of the Pontet-Canet of recent years, this was quite a throwback to old-school Bordeaux, with a very classical smells and textures and flavours. The nose was a case in point, with its tea leaves and tobacco and roasted capsicums drifting through a light core of cassis and black cherry aromas. Classic Bordeaux. Same thing on the palate too, with bright acidity and slightly powdery tannins forming a nice frame for clear flavours of cassis and black cherries ringed with smoky tobacco and a little meatiness. Those slightly green, roasted capsicum notes picked up on the nose showed up again in the back-palate, where they mingled with a gentle spiciness as the wine slid away into a soft, velvety finish. A good wine, but not a great once. While I did enjoy the less modern stylings here, I must say that this missed some of the lovely depth and purity that this house has achieved in its wines in the past 8-10 vintages. In fact, it seemed a little short-handed next to a very young, but very complete bottle of 2008 Hosanna served alongside. Still though, this was drinking quite nicely and I enjoyed it pretty much.
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(Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) Very appealing nose here, very polished fruit style, very expressive, suggesting a good presence and texture. Good depth of fruit, good complexity, not exotic aromas but a deep and spicy wealth of forest fruit character with a delightful grainy element. Very appealing palate, youthful and primary but very well composed, harmonious and almost honeyed. Polished, textured, very complete style, beautifully silky tannins, nicely intertwined with the rest of the wine. Fresh acidity. Perfumed, red fruits, violets, lots of potential here.
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