Red

2003 Château Pontet-Canet

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • Pauillac
Drink between 2011 - 2029 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 696

  • MC2 Wines Likes this wine:

    March 17, 2019 - Another big birthday - the 5-0 (Rezza Trattoria e Pizza Romana): A bit on the young side, but seemed to open up in the decanter and I'd say certainly very approachable at this age. Somehow wasn't quite as interesting as the Gravelly Meadow - I think perhaps because while there is fruit here it is more muted whereas there there was lovely bright fruit in addition to some of the other flavors. This was enjoyable though.

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • drmarclevine wrote: 91 points

    March 16, 2019 - Decanted two hours and evolved nicely over that time. Dark red cherry, cherry wood, library leather, and green leaves on the nose. Bright red berries in a still-assertive tannic structure in the mouth. Drank more balanced than I expected given the hot vintage. Hoping for more nuanced secondary characteristics with a bit more bottle age. Fine to drink now if you like things on the primary side. More will require patience. Great pairing with braised lamb stew, which rounded-out the structure in a harmonious way.

    3 people found this helpful Comments (3)
  • Peck Likes this wine: 95 points

    March 16, 2019 - Very good
    Just beginning to show
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    3 people found this helpful Comments (1)
  • Romol Likes this wine: 93 points

    March 8, 2019 - Decanted 2 hours. Again a very good bottle. Still has a lot of life left. At the moment it needs at least 1-2 hours of air to really shine. 93 pts

    3 people found this helpful Comment
  • djs Likes this wine: 92 points

    February 28, 2019 - Give this another 4-5 years to be really great.

    4 people found this helpful Comments (1)
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  • By Mike Bennie
    3/14/2014 (link)

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  • By Julia Harding, MW
    3/21/2013 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
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  • By Julia Harding, MW
    1/23/2008 (link)

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The World of Fine Wine

  • December 2007, Issue #18 (link)

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Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2006, IWC Issue #126 (link)

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JancisRobinson.com

  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    11/3/2005 (link)

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Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2005, IWC Issue #120 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    4/7/2005 (link)

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Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2004, IWC Issue #114 (link)

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Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    February 2010 (link) 17+ points

    (Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) Heatwave vintage. Rather glossy hue. Not a roasted style on the nose, dense and creamy confit style. Violets. Very well-styled fruit, rich but not overly sweet, fat or roasted, clean and ripe but remarkably atypical and pure for the vintage. Certainly a rich and creamy style on the palate though, dense and concentrated, and there is a firm pervasive style of deep, chewy, ripe but coating tannins, this aspect being very typical of the vintage. Tesseron says you can't spot this as a 2003 in a blind tasting, as it has good freshness; he is right on this point, but the structure of the wine is very typical. There is a long finish dominated by tannin. The acidity is rather muted but it is there. A good wine. Totally different

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    5/13/2009 (link) 92 points

    (Château Pontet-Canet) Touch of brett, graphite and refined black fruit nose; tart black fruit, blackberry palate; medium-plus finish 92+ pts.

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    October 2005 (link) 17 points

    (Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) Dark, super-macerated, super-ripe fruit. A fat, sexy style on entry, with a creamy texture carrying a raft of exotic, spiced and peppered fruit. Beneath it all there's a big, brawny structure, although rather soft acidity, engendering a fat, opulent finish. The tannins coat the mouth here. I think there is sufficient substance to carry these tannins. Very good.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2003
  • 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 031259016306, 031259021591, 071570014834, 3419466144215, 400005871139, 649944053095, 732511091603, 802236002267, 830293001497

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 501 (2%)
  • In Cellars 16,741 (73%)
  • Consumed 5,834 (25%)

Food Pairing

Community Recommendations

Turkey, Lamb, Salmon & Skillet Beans, Thinly sliced flank steak wrapped in prosciutto and herbs

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