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2005 Ch. Pontet-Canet, Pauillac

Ch. Pontet-Canet, Pauillac
Owner Alfred Tesseron has produced an utterly extraordinary wine in 2005. The verdict was unanimous amongst our buying team: it was without question the best Pontet-Canet anyone could ever remember tasting. With incredible silky tannins, and perfect balance, this has everything you could ever want from a wine. Creamy blackberries, and an incredibly precise shape, lead to a spellbounding finish that makes your tongue tingle. Tasting this wine is one of those experiences where you wonder how a few grapes can be transformed into such an elixir. Unmissable.Château Pontet-Canet

BBR Jancis Parker Wine Spectator
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Ch. Pontet-Canet, Pauillac
"Concentrated, powerful" (Wines of the Year - Decanter Award 5/5 Stars- Decanter Nov 08)

BBR Jancis Parker Wine Spectator
19.5/20 18/20 96/100 96/100
Ch. Pontet-Canet, Pauillac
Their first 100% organic/BD vintage. This is as deep as the 2008 from cask! Very shiny, healthy crimson. Lip smacking. Spicy nose and velvety texture. Just oozing life. Great balance. Really lots of tannin but lovely soft tannins. Masses of tannin there but masses of fruit too. Great exuberance yet balanced. Kerpow! But still extremely youthful.
(Jancis Robinson – www.jancisrobinson.com – Jan 10)

BBR Jancis Parker Wine Spectator
19.5/20 18/20 96/100 96/100
Ch. Pontet-Canet, Pauillac
The work that Alfred Tesseron and his winemaking team have done at this estate since 1994 is remarkable. At this fabulous terroir just south of Mouton-Rothschild, Tesseron has made major investments, and instituted incredibly severe selections in both the vineyard and winery. The result is a succession of extraordinary wines. It is difficult to know whether the 2005 Pontet-Canet will ultimately eclipse the hedonism and density of the flamboyant 2003, but it is unquestionably a stunning effort. Inky/black-colored with a classic Pauillac perfume of licorice, black currant liqueur, graphite, cedar, and spice box, it is full-bodied, with magnificent concentration, formidable tannins, and an Arnold Schwartzenegger-like structure (when he was 25 years younger). This backward, formidably endowed 2005 will require patience. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2040.
(Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - Apr 08)

BBR Jancis Parker Wine Spectator
19.5/20 18/20 96/100 96/100
Ch. Pontet-Canet, Pauillac
Owner Alfred Tesseron has masterminded one of the most remarkable turnarounds on Bordeaux's Left Bank in the past decade, elevating the quality of Pontet-Canet's wines beyond that of fifth-growth. While Pauillacs such as Château Mouton-Rothschild and Château Latour draw much higher prices, Pontet-Canet too crafts powerful wines, built for aging, that express its vineyards planted on poor, gravel soils half a mile from the Gironde River.
(Wine No 7 - The Top 100 of 2008 - Wine Spectator - Nov-2008)

BBR Jancis Parker Wine Spectator
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Ch. Pontet-Canet, Pauillac
Product: 1171
Maturity: Drink 2013-2030 (For laying down)
Vintage: 2005
Origin: France » Bordeaux » Pauillac Map of the region
Grape Variety: Cab.Sauvignon Blend
Style: Medium-Full Bodied, Dry, 13% alcohol
Closure Type: Cork
Eco Information: Organic (Certified)
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BBR Jancis Parker Wine Spectator
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Rated 5 out of 5 by 2 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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 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
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