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1996 Château Pontet-Canet

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • Pauillac
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Community Tasting Notes 438

  • rinnocenzi Likes this wine: 94 points

    December 19, 2021 - Drinking beautifully right now

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Cailles wrote: 95 points

    November 22, 2021 - 4 Rosé Unicorns & 6 Mature Bordeauxs: Five red Bordeauxs from 1978 to 1998 + one Sauternes 2001. All tasted double blind. Winner - by a margin - was the L’Evangile 1982 (98 pts). Best bottle so far, this showed a lot of intensity and substance combined with a perfect precision. The Pichon Baron 1989 is a quintessential Pauillac in its prime. The complete package. Complex, precise, super harmonious. The Pontet Canet 1996 (95 pts) showed surprisingly layered and seductive. The 1998 Ducru Beaucaillou (94 pts) showed the typical earthy, mineral and herbal profile but had some alcohol notes and showed overall more modern and ripe than today’s DBs. The Gruaud Larose 1978 (92 pts) had a nice fruit core with lots of tertiary aromas wrapped around it but compared to the others was lacking definition and complexity. The Dosiy Daene 2001 (96 pts) is another stunning 2001 Sauternes with a perfect balance of sweetness and freshness.

    TN: This was a big positive surprise for me. I‘ve never chased Pontet Canet from before 2005 as in my perception the quality was not up there with the best Pauillacs. But this 1995 is in a great spot right now and delivering on all levels. Expressive on the nose and palate, with very beautiful tertiary aromas of tobacco, wet earthy, some faint hints of truffles, additional aromas of espresso and and some crushed rocks as well as a dark fruit core. The layerdness is impressive, the precision is good but not perfect (and no comparison to the 1982 L’Evangile we had next to it). The structure is nicely round with still slightly noticeable and velvety tannins, a fresh and creamy texture, good acidity and good length with a tobacco and fruit driven finish.

    Decanting: No extensive decanting necessary.

    Glass: Conterno Sensory

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • timbo24 Likes this wine: 94 points

    November 12, 2021 - Opens up with herbaceous and aged woody cedar notes but tinged through with sour cherries. You know it’s good but it has not woken up. A couple of hours later this is a different wine - it’s shrugged off that two and half decades of sleeping and becomes a taut, old school grandee of Bordeaux. The nose improves to be rich, spicy and warm. Swirls of wet tobacco and Christmas spices. Tasting reveals a sublime, taut and structured wine, acidity backbone but not acid. Medium dry, prunes and wild plum, leather and tobacco, all held together in a traditional and very fine Bordeaux. I remember now why it is worth waiting for this - the intoxication of aged Bordeaux!

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  • sirpat00 wrote: 96 points

    October 30, 2021 - Part of a small Bordeaux 20+ years of age line-up. The Pontet Canet 96 jumps out of the glass with guns blazing. Fleshy and meaty, great intensity, fresh berry bouquet and some wet tobacco add up to a superbly aged Bordeaux pretty much at the peak. Perfectly integrated, fresh and fruity palate with a rock solid backbone, yet incredibly soft. An amazing drinking experience showing off a juicy and grassy freshness with a mineral core, almost like biting into pencil lead.

    2 people found this helpful Comments (1)
  • Xavier Auerbach wrote: 94 points

    October 23, 2021 - Académie des Cinquante 65th Annual Dinner (Restaurant De Echoput, Hoog Soeren, Netherlands): For many wines, 1996 was a vintage that never blossomed. They were always too young - and then they were suddenly too old. It looked like that for Pontet-Canet as well. My first three tasting notes (2009, 2011 and 2012) all refer to a closed, tight and tannic wine, and the second three (2015, 2017 and 2020) all express concern over a lack of fruit in an otherwise classic and fresh Pauillac. Tonight we struck gold with this slender but rich bottle, which delivered a flawless expression of vintage and vineyard, with stunning, crunchy blackcurrant fruit spooned on top, menthol and just a touch of spicy beef stew.

    6 people found this helpful Comments (2)
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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 3238440060552, 3419466143676, 669576019344

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 66 (1%)
  • In Cellars 5,096 (63%)
  • Consumed 2,899 (36%)

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Community Recommendations

grilled bone in chicken breast., Grilled loin lamb chops, Hare, Smoked, venison, wild duck

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98% Like It  123 votes

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