Red

1996 Château Pontet-Canet

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • Pauillac
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Community Tasting Notes 377

  • ifishtoo Likes this wine: 92 points

    July 15, 2019 - Consistent with previous notes. Fully mature and delicious.

  • Winevestor Likes this wine: 93 points

    June 23, 2019 - A very good left bank bordeaux, drinking well. I don't think it will get any better though - has some time left. Plum, integrated tannins and a good funky taste. Medium finish. Drank it against a Conn Valley 2002 Cab. Interesting comparison. The Conn Valley was cleaner and obviously pure Cab. However the old world / new world difference was not pronounced in the pairing. Interesting. The table was split around which they liked more. I had no winner - but I like both the styles - they are just different.

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • Tufts2006 Likes this wine: 90 points

    June 19, 2019 - Decanted for 45 minutes, not enough time. Undergrowth and blackcurrant, plus raw power on the nose. Tannins totally took over on the palate in a very intrusive way for first 10-15 minutes of drinking. Reminded me of a way-too-young supertuscan in opening 15+ minutes. I saw some other posts below about resolved tannins, definitely not the case with this bottle. After some time and a lot of swirling got classic Pauillac soil, pencil shavings, leather, cedar. Classic Pauillac. Blackcurrant remained dominating characteristic on the palate. Bottle was lovely with a lengthy finish but not overly complex. Didn't hold a candle to the 2001 Mouton I drank last week.

  • djhammond Likes this wine: 94 points

    June 19, 2019 - Just to reiterate previous note, the wine could be mistaken for something a decade older. It is everything you would want from a fully mature old school left bank Bordeaux, with deep black fruit and old leather on the nose, with good steely tannin which has resolved. The wine shows tertiary characteristics and has a great depth and complexity on the palate. It is compted with a well balanced finish pushing 30 seconds. 94+

    1 person found this helpful Comment
  • redders Likes this wine: 93 points

    May 26, 2019 - First from a case bought on release. Drunk alongside the 1995. Fill just underneath the cork.decanted two hours.
    Deeply coloured, no sign of maturity. Classic cedar and red/black fruits nose. Riper than the 95 more depth and smoother. Classic structure, tannins mostly resolved. Long long finish. Fine. drinking now but with time in hand

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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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)

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

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

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

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)

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

Winedoctor

  • 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 70 (1%)
  • In Cellars 5,008 (68%)
  • Consumed 2,261 (31%)

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Community Recommendations

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

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99% Like It  100 votes

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