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Château Pontet-Canet 2004

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RP  90
JMQ  16
JR  17
WS  93
RVF  17
GHV  1*
B&D  18.5
GM  92
The winery : Château Pontet-Canet
Appellation: Pauillac (Médoc, Bordeaux, France)
Varietal(s): Cabernet Sauvignon
Price range :  35.00 - 49.99 €   
Other vintages: 2013, 2012 **** Very good, 2011, 2010
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Pontet-Canet has always been a legendary Médoc. It is deep ruby-red, crimson, and sometimes almost black colour and has a characteristic bouquet of black fruit (especially blackcurrant), liquorice, and prune as well as fig, cedar, and sometimes cocoa overtones. Pontet-Canet combines power and elegance, as well as concentration and fullness on the palate. Rather sinewy in style, Pontet-Canet is clearly a classical wine with a tannic structure that provides excellent ageing potential. The château team is conscious of the fact that they are following in the footsteps of more than three centuries of tradition, with each period contributing its technical innovations in the interest of quality and in order faithfully to reflect the terroir. Château Pontet-Canet and the estate's second wine, Les Hauts de Pontet-Canet, are sold exclusively via the Bordeaux wine trade.


Winemaker: "Very deep, almost opaque robe. Very intense, spicy, complex, refined nose, in which mingle red and black berry aromas (blackberries, cherries and Morello cherries) alongside liquorice, coffee and vanilla notes. On the palate the attack is full, then the wine develops both length and flavour. The silky tannin finish bears the inimitable hallmark of a great Pauillac. The palate aromas are very long. It is truly a very great wine"
Vine varieties :
Cabernet Sauvignon 65%, Merlot 29%, Cabernet Franc 4%, Petit Verdot 2%
Degree : 13°

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Mike  Vinoaddict - from 21 to 75 reviews    Belgium
The 2007 Vintage (
After an exceptionally mild winter and a hot and dry April, the cold and rainy conditions in the following four months left their mark not only in the memories but on the morale of wine makers.

Throughout the country, the humidity encouraged mildew of an incomparable intensity. In our commitment to a different kind of viticulture, both demanding and ambitious, we were probably more prone to attacks than others. Binding our fate to that of our vines, where sap and blood are but one, we were wounded in our flesh. Yet from this painful experience, we have also gained a greater knowledge of our terroir.

Without losing faith, we needed to react quickly and did so, by bringing in extra teams to discard the affected fruits. It was a long and meticulous task.

During the summer holidays, we repeated this process by again re-employing new teams to remove undeveloped bunches or portions of bunches, due to the long flowering period.

Towards the beginning of September, the atmosphere gradually improved as a hot sun settled for nearly the whole month, warming our bodies and also our hearts.

The vineyard, in particularly good health, gave us thick skins and led us to hope for a complete maturation. Optimism returned.

From the first grape tastings, the Cabernet Sauvignon seemed to already show a beautiful potential in quality, higher than the Merlot; which was a good omen as this grape variety carries within, the soul of the great Pauillac wines.

Keeping a cool head we pushed back the harvest date, to begin picking slowly on October the 1st in order to collect each plot of our vineyard at full maturity. We finished on October the 13th.
Never had there ever been such an important amplitude in the harvest dates from one property to another. However we believe that we made the right decisions, taking into account the vineyard’s state of health which remained perfect until the end of the harvest, allowing the grapes skins to become riper with each day.

In the vat rooms, during the pumping-overs, the aromas released were so intense and complex that every day, it reminded me how passion is really the driving force behind out work.

The tannins seem to have this smoothness which now defines Pontet-Canet’s last vintages, whilst keeping the volume in the mouth and the structure specific to this magnificent property.

We await you from the beginning of April to taste the result of all our efforts.

Alfred Tesseron
Maturity : Keep in cellar
Classified in a list 8 years ago

Meditrina Vino  Vinostarter - from 1 to 20 reviews    Orlando  (United States)
**** Very good 
2005 Pontet Canet
What an outstanding effort by this Chateau. While the 2003's are drinking fantastic right now, the 2005 needs more time in the cellar. Even after 6 hours of decanting, the wine still isn't at it's prime. It brings in the classic Pontet Canet's fruit, it also has underlying tones of cedar and pencil. I think this wine needs at least another 5 years of cellaring before it comes all the way through. Drink this wine in 2013, and see what Pontet Canet is all about.
Reviewed 6 years ago

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