Red

1996 Château Pontet-Canet

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • Pauillac
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Community Tasting Notes 385

  • liber Likes this wine: 92 points

    October 18, 2019 - 5th of 13, decanted 80 minutes, perfect cork and level, less to it than May bottle, the brutality of the fruit and lack of nuance to the flavour profile (against pheasant, usually such a good foil) is worrying, there is a forced and extracted harshness which I suspect will never properly integrate, not a bad wine to be sure but maybe trying too hard to punch above its weight without the inherent materiel, years of life though. F (17.5).

  • srh Likes this wine:

    October 4, 2019 - Friday Tasting Group: "Killer Bar" (#04 for me) (Vintage Wines Ltd., San Diego, CA): The contributor had decanted this ≈4 hrs prior to bringing it.

    From a vyd of deep gravel with clay & limestone underneath, located next to Mouton Rothschild;

    N: ATTRACTIVE choc with berries & pyrazines; Intensity lurking

    P: Med body; RNDISH entry with very NICE, ALMOST swtish, blk olive tinged frt met by an astringent pucker which somewhat resolves by the quite LONG, BALANCED finish with a bit of very, VERY slight bitterness & a tangy/SWTNESS to the dusty tannins. Sans (substantial) decanting, probably still NEEDS through '22, poss longer, then approaching its 35th? 13% ABV; My EXC+/Exceptional-, the higher a fairly safe bet eventually. 91 pts WS, 89 WA (Feb '16), and 14.5 (Oct '06), 17 (Feb '10), & 16.5/20 (Sep '11), + NUMEROUS other scores on wine-searcher's Tasting Notes pg. [As of early Oct '19, wine-searcher still shows several sources from $125-$247].

  • dongagne wrote:

    September 13, 2019 - Enjoyed w/my friends along with the '98 PC. This '96 had more density, more punch. Wonderful balance and length. In the early drinking window, my guess is another 6 years provides even more satisfaction. Tasty with venison sausage, duck sausage, Delice de Bourgogne.

  • bestdamncab Likes this wine: 94 points

    September 12, 2019 - Nose of black berry, cassis, barnyard, allspice, and bell pepper, same on the palate, big body, improved over the 90 minute dinner, delicious, at peak but will easily hold 5 years, mouth filling fruit, lovely fruit, and a long, flavorful finish and aftertaste.

  • Somm David T Likes this wine: 93 points

    September 7, 2019 - Pontet Canet tasting and dinner with Alfred Tesseron.

    The 96 is a nice surprise add from Clyde’s cellar. Thank you Clyde.

    This 96 is beautifully floral. The evolution is right around its peak. The body is medium full and the tannins soft. It’s an elegant beauty.

    The fruits are ripe and delicious. Leaner blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, strawberries and shades of raspberries. Soft earth; dry top soil, dry rock, limestone minerals, old tobacco, soft leather, cedar with dry and withering red & dark florals. The acidity is like a waterfall. The long finish is well balanced fruit & earth and in a sweet spot.

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Vintage Tastings

  • By John Kapon
    Chicago Recap, 11/2/2011

    (Pontet Canet) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    2/17/2011 (link)

    (Ch Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    1/5/2010 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    9/8/2006 (link)

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Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 1999, IWC Issue #84 (link)

    (Chateau Pontet Canet Pauillac) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 1998, IWC Issue #78 (link)

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  • By Chris Kissack
    September 2003 (link) 18.5+ points

    (Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) A moderate colour, and an impressive nose. An intense, complex medley of blackcurrants and other black fruits, with exotic spices and black olives. A lovely structure is the dominant feature on the palate, with integrated tannins and balanced acidity providing a framework for some still somewhat primary fruit, with touches of root liquorice. Developing. Clearly a very good, age-worthy vintage.

  • By Chris Kissack
    July 2001 (link) 18+ points

    (Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) Again a young, rich, red-purple hue. A little more approachable on the nose, with the blackcurrant fruit sitting alongside notes of curry spices. A fat, round yet elegant and stylish palate. Mineral fruit, with good balance and underlying structure. Clean finish.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1996
  • Type Red
  • Producer Château Pontet-Canet
  • Varietal Red Bordeaux Blend
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Bordeaux
  • SubRegion Médoc
  • Appellation Pauillac
  • UPC Codes 3419466143676, 669576019344

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 86 (1%)
  • In Cellars 4,995 (67%)
  • Consumed 2,349 (32%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

Hare, our leeks & potatoes, Rack of lamb, venison, wild duck

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99% Like It  101 votes

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