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2005 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
9/28/2019 - winemanintheden Likes this wine:
95 points
Excited to try this one. From a 375ml bottle. Popped and poured. On the nose, beautiful dark red fruits, coffee, lots of complexity and terroir. Very vibrant and stunning. On the palette was amazed by the absolutely beautiful elegant and balanced structure. So much going on. Tannins have soften nicely. Still feels young with so many years ahead but had to see where this was at as it’s one of those things where eventually you have to open and give it a shot. Also love the aftertaste. There’s a floral note. Like daisies which I’d never imagine from Pauillac but more from Margaux. Haven’t had many but this 2005 Pontet Canet is truly a classic and quality made wine. Nothing over the top but simply ‘balanced’.
  • winemanintheden commented:

    10/4/19, 5:05 PM - It’s my pleasure :)

2005 Château Troplong Mondot St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
4/9/2014 - StefanAkiko Likes this wine:
95 points
Hommage to madame Christine Valette-Pariente of Château Troplplong Mondot and her family. Our condolences for her near and dear. Cheers also to creative cancer research systems that are sooo needed.

How I'd been looking for a reason to break open our 1st one of our half-case of this 2005. And how saddened I was to realize that the reason just came, as this was the reason most dreaded :-(
One of the great madam's greatest wines:
Opened - today.
For the saddest reason :-(

What we found:
Blackish red color.
Nose of distinct Bdx, strong HUGE rubber-fruit, lactic emanations, dark fruits, spices, grapes... Huge! Strong: don't play with me, I'm serious ! ! !
Per os it was (all of us: Single Malt lovers tonight) quite less dramatically militarily stuffy and strict than expected. Reading other's notes: In a way 'hard-as-nails' YES, still warm, smooth, inviting and filled with pleasure. Concentrated, mega-layered, concentrated, mega-complex, concentrated, mega-intense... The praise just didn't end around the table... What a fantastic bottle of wine!

My crystal ball is not good enough, so I can not say whether it will become 99 or 100 points, I just can't tell. But I'm expecting 100 points from this because it was just sooo pumping today. This wine is just so amazingly filled with all the great things of great wines, *without* being jammy, OTT, extracted or 'Parkerized'. Most impressive thing was that: Sediment in the btl was close to nothing...

Suck on *THAT* you guys wanting to return to the "traditional Bordeaux" (made from Carménière.)

This wine is a well deserved thorn in the eye of all the ppl complaining about Parker, Rolland and modern St Emillion. This is just simply a fantastic wine. An amazing wine! An outstanding wine of proportion... A wine that I'd be happy to drink every week for the rest of my life, not sure I'd outlive it... Breath-taking. And quite a legacy.


To madame:
We are so grateful: You did absolutely great in letting us share your passion with us here in Tokyo tonight: two Japanese persons and one Swede. From the 1st btl from the half-case bought on auction in the US... A truly global wine.
  • winemanintheden commented:

    5/4/14, 6:56 PM - I'm so sad to hear of this awful news. We we're fortunate to visit Troplong Mondot several years ago and sample some of their beautiful wines. It will now be an even more special moment when opening up a bottle of TM.

2010 Vieux Château Certan Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
11/23/2013 - kr522 wrote:
95 points
what a difference between this and the 09 which is very forward and sensual but lacks terroir, while the 10 is a large framed and tannic wine that has lots of room to evolve.

this is a dark fruit oriented wine with hints of truffle and espresso. it started out nicely yet with me wondering if the structure was a little too much for the fruit, and over time the fruit continued to assert itself to the point i feel good about the fruit/tannin ratio.

stylistically i love this kind of wine and I believe it has the "good bones" to be something special over time
  • winemanintheden commented:

    12/2/13, 8:55 PM - This 2010 VCC has been getting some outstanding reviews. Is it worth all the hype? I've never tried it, so just curious as I'm looking for a special bottle to crack open 10+ years from now. Thanks...

2006 Glaetzer Shiraz Amon-Ra Barossa Valley
10/26/2013 - Dale M wrote:
94 points
I can’t ever recall ever tasting a wine in this extroverted style with such balance and ….. grace(?) Yes, that’s the best word I can come up with. Unapologetically Barossa Shiraz, with powerful, dark blackberry fruit that leaves an immediate impact of enjoyment. But where a lessor wine would quickly burn out the taster with an excessive amount of a good thing, this wine somehow avoids that. I’m not sure how to be completely honest. But it did, it is very complex, multilayered, and just damn fun to drink. Sadly, I have yet to see Amon Ra fall the way of so many Australian Shiraz’s in the discount bin, which makes them an expensive acquisition for future purchases, but this is clearly some serious winemaking, and probably worth the current asking price.
  • winemanintheden commented:

    11/7/13, 7:50 AM - I had this same 06 Amon Ra earlier this year and completely agree with your analysis. There's something so riveting about this wine. And like you said the best part is its finesse and fact its not in your face at all. Its so elegant which makes me appreciate it even more with the skill that was made to create it. Glad you liked it! Also from one of their last great vintages.

2010 Château La Fleur-Pétrus Pomerol Red Bordeaux Blend
8/9/2013 - Jeff Leve wrote:
95 points
Chocolate covered cherries, plum, black raspberry liqueur and earthy notes create the bouquet. The wine is structured, powerful, tannic , fresh and deep, finishing with a concentrated blast of sweet, ripe, dark cherries that remains on your palate for at least 40 seconds. Not as sexy as the 2009, but this will be a much longer lived wine.
  • winemanintheden commented:

    10/15/13, 8:15 PM - Hey Jeff,

    Quick question for you. You've tasted the 08, 09 and 10 La Fleur Petrus. Did you pick up any barnyard or gamey notes on the palette? And or foresee these character notes with about 10 years of aging in the future? I haven't opened my LFP bottles but just wanted to find out if this chateau is traditionally known for those barnyard or gamey flavours on the palette.

    Thanks kindly for your advice in advance,

  • winemanintheden commented:

    10/17/13, 9:32 AM - Great thanks Jeff! That's what I thought too, just wanted confirmation.

  • winemanintheden commented:

    10/17/13, 11:47 AM - Thanks! I have one bottle of the 09 and managed to get a couple of the 2010s due to a longer aging potential. Prices are about the same here (high). And fairly limited.

2010 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
10/11/2013 - Jeff Leve wrote:
99 points
Floral, boysenberry, licorice, leaves, cassis, cedar and tobacco scents are in your face. This is powerful, dense and intense. The wine fills your mouth, coats your palate and continues to expand in the finish delivering an amazing tasting experience that you cannot put down without taking another sip. Before you know it, the bottle is empty, which is the true mark of all great wines.
  • winemanintheden commented:

    10/12/13, 8:13 AM - Hi Jeff,

    I must ask. Is the 2010 Pontet Canet at the same level in terms of quality and sophistication as the other 2010 First Growths?

    Basically if tasted blind, would you rank PC with the rest of the Firsts? Notch below, equal? Just curious as I haven't tried 2010 PC yet.

    Thanks kindly!

2005 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend
4/9/2013 - Brmaso Likes this wine:
97 points
It is almost appalling to read the lesser reviews of this iconic wine. There comes a point where subjectivity becomes just plain wrong...

This is a blockbuster powerhouse that will re-define your definition of tannin. The 05 Pontet is built to last the long haul for sure, and should easily turn out to be a 40+ year wine. Still young and inky, the wine possesses globs of rich fruit - creme de cassis, red currant, blackberry, blueberry and wild cherry - vibrant mineral notes, and everything else that screams Pauillac in a classic wine from a ripe vintage. The balance is impeccable, and the acidity keeps it fresh. All and all, this is a wine for your children..but please pop open a bottle or two before you pass it off to see what great, fresh young bordeaux is supposed to taste like.

Finding an argument in Alfred Tesseron's biodynamic approach to wine making is literally impossible when you taste his modern day legends after taking the realm in '94. In the golden age for bdx (2000-present), he is one of the leaders year in and year out, and this aristocratic 2005 also offers hedonists the opportunity to get lost in the moment.

Do not look for a overblown california fruit bomb here. This is power and finesse to the highest degree. Impeccable in every way. If you do not like the style, you still would not be able to make the argument that this juice is anything but extraordinary.

As a footnote, somebody said something to the effect of 'beware, this wine may not age well' or something like that... what a rookie.
  • winemanintheden commented:

    4/15/13, 8:14 AM - Great write up! Happy to see Pontet Canet get rewarded with their finetuning and smart vineyard decisions. Can't wait to pop open my 05 as its one of my eagerly anticipated bottles.

2005 Château Troplong Mondot St. Émilion Grand Cru Red Bordeaux Blend
10/3/2012 - Jeff Leve wrote:
99 points
The fruit was picked from September 22 – September 29. From very low yields of 26 hectoliters per hectares, aged in 75% new oak, the wine reached 14.5 alcohol. From a blend of 90% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc, the wine is deep ruby in color. The first thing you notice is an explosion of truffle, dark chocolate, coffee, licorice, ripe plum, black cherry liqueur, baked goods and caramel grab your attention and keep it there. Silk and velvet textures meshed with power, ripe tannins, freshness and acidity. There is a lot going on. But everything is in balance. The wine is expansive ending with intense, pure melted black cherry. You could drink this today and you’ll enjoy a great tasting experience. But patience will be rewarded. Give it 5-10 years. Regardless of all the points or wine tasting adjectives in the world, the true test of a wine for any taster is, are you compelled to keep tasting the wine, not only for new discoveries, but for pleasure. I could not keep my hands off this wine. It is stunning!
  • winemanintheden commented:

    1/21/13, 9:58 AM - Hi Jeff,

    Wow... how does this 2005 compare to the 2009 and 2010? Just curious.


  • winemanintheden commented:

    1/22/13, 9:58 AM - great thanks for the input jeff!

    i'm a fan of troplong mondot wines :)

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