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2009 Ch. Pontet-Canet, Pauillac

Ch. Pontet-Canet, Pauillac
We first tasted 2009 Ch. Pontet Canet at a négociant’s during the Bordeaux en primeur tastings, and then we tried it again later that week at the château. In both cases, it was utterly, utterly brilliant. The nose is wonderfully pure, elegant yet ultra-concentrated whilst gorgeous, blackcurrant fruit dominates the lush-textured palate. Layers of complexity ripple across the tongue whilst the deliciously ripe tannins are present, and then melt away. This is very focused, very precise and superbly refined but with great power. Almost level with the seamless, harmonious wine that was 2005, this is near-First Growth standard. This is one of the true stars of 2009: Pontet is back!Château Pontet-Canet

BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
18.5/20 18.5/20 18/20 100/100 98 95 - 98/100
Ch. Pontet-Canet, Pauillac
Dense colour and pure Cabernet blackcurrant fruit beautifully extracted with great length and perfect harmony, great purity of expression, exuberant yet restrained, great future.
(Steven Spurrier - Decanter - Apr 2010)

BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
18.5/20 18.5/20 18/20 100/100 98 95 - 98/100
Ch. Pontet-Canet, Pauillac
Very dark crimson. Firm and broad and very lively with real vibrant elderberry nose - there IS a bit of extra vitality in this wine! Very very nice and satisfying indeed. There is life to this and great breadth and depth. Intense richness that seems to come from the fruit rather than from winemaking. Something of Lafite’s complexity and integrity. Plus Mouton’s richness. Dry finish. Very well done. But it is not a wine you want to undertake young – still lots to sort out. Much less open than most. Dense – really quite dry on the end but appetising though very long term. Muscular.Yields a bit more than in 2008, with more grand vin too. 81 ha total vineyards. This year they are trying for 24 ha by horse...
(Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com - Apr 2010)

BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
18.5/20 18.5/20 18/20 100/100 98 95 - 98/100
Ch. Pontet-Canet, Pauillac
An amazing wine in every sense, this classic, full-bodied Pauillac is the quintessential Pontet Canet from proprietor Alfred Tesseron, who continues to reduce yields and farms his vineyards biodynamically – a rarity in Bordeaux.

Black as a moonless night, the 2009 Pontet Canet offers up notes of incense, graphite, smoke, licorice, creme de cassis and blackberries. A wine of irrefutable purity, laser-like precision, colossal weight and richness, and sensational freshness, this is a tour de force in winemaking that is capable of lasting 50 or more years. The tannins are elevated, but they are sweet and beautifully integrated as are the acidity, wood and alcohol (which must be in excess of 14%). This vineyard, which is situated on the high plateau of Pauillac adjacent to Mouton Rothschild, appears to have done everything perfectly in 2009. This cuvee should shut down in the cellar and re-open in a decade or more. Anticipated maturity: 2025-2075.
(Robert Parker - Wine Advocate - Feb 2012)



BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
18.5/20 18.5/20 18/20 100/100 98 95 - 98/100
Ch. Pontet-Canet, Pauillac
The 2009 Ch. Pontet-Canet delivers aromas of blueberry skin, fresh flowers, licorice and raspberry sauce, with something exotic underneath it all. Full-bodied, with wonderful clarity and freshness. It's like looking at a full moon on a crystal-clear night in the country. This keeps coming at you, with tannins and ripe fruit. What balance, yet power to the wine. I love how the wine changes and challenges you with every sip.
(James Suckling - Wine Spectator - March 2010)

BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
18.5/20 18.5/20 18/20 100/100 98 95 - 98/100
Ch. Pontet-Canet, Pauillac
Product: 952323
Maturity: Drink 2017-2040 (For laying down)
Vintage: 2009
Origin: France » Bordeaux » Pauillac Map of the region
Grape Variety: Cab.Sauvignon Blend
Style: Medium-Full Bodied, Dry, 14% alcohol
Closure Type: Cork
Eco Information: Organic (Certified)
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BBR Decanter Jancis Parker Tim Atkin Wine Spectator
18.5/20 18.5/20 18/20 100/100 98 95 - 98/100