Red

2005 Château Pontet-Canet

Red Bordeaux Blend

  • France
  • Bordeaux
  • Médoc
  • Pauillac
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Community Tasting Notes 299

  • brooklynguy wrote:

    October 19, 2019 - Decanted three hours before drinking. Dried fruit on the nose, initially, but smooths out over time. This is a lush wine but it’s well balanced and elegant. It’s very well made and of very high quality. But it shows nothing whatsoever of what I know to be Bordeaux terroir. At least the way that was expressed in wines before 1990. Served blind this could have been mistaken for any number of wines from any number of places.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Grinner wrote: 94 points

    October 1, 2019 - Decanted at 5pm, back in the bottle at 6pm, start tasting at 7pm at Bar Purlieu.

    My last bottle on 11/1/15 note:
    WOTFlight, this was BIG, dark, and deep with stone notes vying with the cassis, blackberry, earth, and cedar. Tannic and long. Wait, decant (we did 17 hours), and wait some more. Next in 2-3 years. 93 on day 2. (8322 views)

    Tannins have settled down 2 notches and have 1-2 to go. Otherwise very similar and great with lamb chop and the pork belly skewers!

    Good chance I'll save my last for another 3-5 years.

    3 people found this helpful Comments (1)
  • Jeff Leve wrote: 94 points

    September 30, 2019 - Not fully mature, but if you like your Pauillac on the young side, working its way over to mature, this is in a good place. With an hour in the decanter, the wine serves up a blast of cassis, blackberry, tobacco and wet earth. Full-bodied, concentrated and filled with fruit and freshness, in the finish the wine is just a bit shorter than I would have liked. Another 3-5 years in the cellar should be about right, else 2 hours in the decanter will work nicely.

    4 people found this helpful Comment
  • winemanintheden Likes this wine: 95 points

    September 28, 2019 - 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’.

    6 people found this helpful Comments (2)
  • novie1234 Likes this wine: 92 points

    September 20, 2019 - Still needs time. Had a somewhat disappointing experience with this wine tonight. Felt like a very young BDX, so indicative of the 05 vintage. It needs time - I am not opening any more of this case for at least 3-5 years.

    4 people found this helpful Comments (1)
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  • By Jeb Dunnuck
    Up From The Cellar #2 and Misc New Releases, 2/15/2018 (link)

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Decanter

  • By Stephen Brook
    Decanter's November 2017 Fine Wine Encounter, 11/11/2017 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson
    2/23/2017 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    1/29/2015 (link)

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  • By Mike Bennie
    3/14/2014 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    6/29/2010 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    10/31/2008 (link)

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Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2008, IWC Issue #138 (link)

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    12/10/2007 (link)

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  • By Julia Harding, MW
    12/10/2007 (link)

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Vinous

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    May/June 2007, IWC Issue #132 (link)

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

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    4/26/2006 (link)

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Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    February 2010 (link) 19+ points

    (Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) The nose here shows a lot of primary elements here, and is still marked by winemaking at present. The nose is dominated by the aromas of sweet oak, marshmallow and caramel, so it is clearly not a wine that I would recommend open for tasting or drinking now, even those who like to 'take one for the team'. The fruit elements which are currently sitting behind the oak are very dark, with elements of liquorice, but also with brighter although very ripe red fruits, dark cherry and raspberry. Beautiful palate though, glossy but not over the top, lightly creamy and stylish, wonderful style. Complete, harmonious, vivacious but elegant, balanced but structured, the tannins perfectly intertwined with the rest of the wine, the finish composed and complete and long. This is a very remarkable wine, rich and yet poised and light-footed. It needs to be left a very long time - a decade at least, maybe 15 years - but it will be amazing. A wine full of emotion.

  • By Chris Kissack
    November 2009 (link) 19+ points

    (Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) A rather glossy style of fruit here, dark and intensely stylish, shining with black fruit character, dark with elements suggestive of roasted herbs, but the fruit itself is not in any way cooked or hot. Rather there is a very fresh complexity, of liquorice and macerated black fruits. Beautifully defined here on entry, pure and linear, fresh but very rich, and with a very significant presence of tannins. These have a very firm character, masculine and grippy, bright, nevertheless they sit very well with the rest of the wine. A hugely impressive effort that puts much of the rest of the appellation to shame. This wine could really go places, given the right cellar.

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    1/18/2008 (link) 93 points

    (Château Pontet-Canet) Dark red violet color; sexy, ripe berry and kirsch nose; ripe, plush plum and berry palate, a little extracted; medium-plus finish (65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot)

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    October 2007 (link) 18.5+ points

    (Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) Exotic, interesting, spicy nose, full of very dense and perfumed fruit, notes of roast herbs and a layer of cashew nut oak. The palate is very full, a touch creamy, with a lovely composition. Rich fruit, good substance and weight, ripe well covered tannins and a delicious, balanced style. This has great potential. Another success for Pontet-Canet, and a much higher score than my en primeur tasting.

  • By Chris Kissack
    April 2006 (link) (16.5-17.) points

    (Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac) CS 70%, M 25%, CF 4%, PV 1%. This has a lovely, dense colour. The nose is perfumed with aromatic floral and mineral character. A middleweight on the palate, showing good structure; there are ripe tannins in abundance, and a full character. This very well made wine does seem a little straightforward and foursquare at present, but it has fine structure and great potential for the cellar. The aromatic complexity on the nose is encouraging. Very good indeed.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • 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 031259021591, 087000347663, 3419466144215, 3700446505127, 3700446505134, 3700446508128, 3700446511128, 3700446568047, 649944080541

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 1,644 (5%)
  • In Cellars 24,302 (81%)
  • Consumed 4,012 (13%)

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Community Recommendations

Lamb, Beef, Cheese, Duck, Elk, Game, Goose, lamb chop or even lobster, squirrel hind quarters, steak

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97% Like It  121 votes

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