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Community Tasting Notes (251) Avg Score: 93.6 points

  • 2005 Pontet Canet is rich and remains deeply colored. The tannins are soft and the firmness if youth is being replaced with more elegance. Notes of tobacco leaf, cigar box, earth and dark chocolate ride along with the fresh, blackberry and cassis. 2 hours of decanting worked its magic. But if you can wait until 2025, you’re going to have an even better experience.

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  • French Wine at Lunch, and with the World Cup final: Quite an engaging, approachable, nose, with ripe, moderately dark fruits. Still evidently very young in the mouth, but not as unapproachable as I was expecting, and impeccably balanced. Young claret isn't really my thing but this was more than an academic exercise to drink now (unlike the Pichon-Baron alongside).

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  • Opened from a half bottle chilled and poured. Tight of course and needed warmth and air. Initially herbal and sour. Fleshed out with a few days for sure. Throwing sediment. Initially I was disappointed, but that was unfair. By day three under vacuvin this had really evolved and gave me a sense of what this will be like in a few years. Initially there was some creamy vanilla cherry, and that gained depth over time to be brighter, heavier red cherry. On the nose it was very very nice from the first cork pull, showing lots of florals, rose, herbs. I think this still needs time, and will keep the other five down for several more years before trying the next.

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  • Amazingly enough this still needs more time. I opened the bottle 4 hours before dinner. It didn’t show itself fully until day 2. Classic Pauillac nose, deep fruits, long finish. Will wait a few years for the next bottle.

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  • This is coming along nicely, but really needs 3-5+ years before it can really start to strut its stuff.

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  • By Stephen Brook
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  • By Chris Kissack
    February 2010, (See more on Winedoctor...) 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, (See more on Winedoctor...) 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.

  • By Richard Jennings
    1/18/2008, (See more on 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)


  • By Chris Kissack
    October 2007, (See more on Winedoctor...) 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, (See more on Winedoctor...) 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.

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