Rated 5 out of 5 by 2
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lionheart One of the stars of 2005 and still shining bright
The grade inflation and hype surrounding the 2009 and 2010 Bordeaux vintages has committed a grave injustice to the wines of 2005, which are the equal of, and in many cases surpass, their 2009 and 2010 equivalents. Only in a distorted market could a 2010 Pontet-Canet cost almost twice as much as a 2005. We all thought 2005 was an expensive vintage but the wines now represent great value, particularly given their diminished supply and greater maturity. Stock up on as much of this as you can get, and Montrose as well for that matter. Leave the 2009 and 2010 for the boy racers, unless the market corrects itself.
16 November 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Henri Good, getting better...
I have been lucky enough to try this wine twice in the past couple of years, and I can fully understand all the talk about Pontet-Canet's recent offerings.
Its nose is amazing and detectable from an extraordinary distance (in a good way!). As a young wine it was difficult to decipher complex fruits very well integrated with firm tannins. A couple of years later in autumn 2013 and those fruits have begun to disassemble a little providing space to enjoy a cascade of luscious dark fruits - cassis, blackberrry and plums springing to mind, dominating the picture at this stage of life but with some fascinating hints of menthol somewhere in the background.
Unconditionally enjoyable, and with room to keep getting better, this wine has a long and interesting future ahead of it.
08 November 2013