Château Pontet-Canet

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend

9.21881 ratings
9.3365 pro ratings
Pauillac, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Top Notes For
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

Pontet Canet tasting and dinner with Alfred Tesseron.

The 96 is a nice surprise add from Clyde’s cellar. Thank you Clyde.

This 96 is beautifully floral. The evolution is right around its peak. The body is medium full and the tannins soft. It’s an elegant beauty.

The fruits are ripe and delicious. Leaner blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, strawberries and shades of raspberries. Soft earth; dry top soil, dry rock, limestone minerals, old tobacco, soft leather, cedar with dry and withering red & dark florals. The acidity is like a waterfall. The long finish is well balanced fruit & earth and in a sweet spot.

Photos of; our dinner group, tasting room at Pontet Canet, the horse plows they still use in the fields and Chateau Pontet Canet.

Pontet Canet tasting and dinner with Alfred Tesseron.

The 96 is a nice surprise add from Clyde’s cellar. Thank you Clyde.

This 96 is beautifully floral. The evolution is right around its peak. The body is medium full and the tannins soft. It’s an elegant beauty.

The fruits are ripe and delicious. Leaner blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, strawberries and shades of raspberries. Soft earth; dry top soil, dry rock, limestone minerals, old tobacco, soft leather, cedar with dry and withering red & dark florals. The acidity is like a waterfall. The long finish is well balanced fruit & earth and in a sweet spot.

Photos of; our dinner group, tasting room at Pontet Canet, the horse plows they still use in the fields and Chateau Pontet Canet.

Sep 8th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.6

Pontet Canet tasting and dinner with Alfred Tesseron.

What a great vintage. Its tannin structure will outlive the 09 and anyone 45 and older. The 2010 is a forever vintage and while different than 09, it will undoubtedly be just as great. It’s just going to take a lot more bottle age than the 09.

The body is full and round. The tannins have rounded but are still big and chewy. It’s more concentrated than 09. The fruit is really beautiful and again perfectly ripe. Dark currants, blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, dark plum, poached strawberries with hints of raspberries. Soft soil structure; dry top soil, moist clay, medium intensity dark spice, fresh tobacco, dry herbs, crushed rock powder, with dark, withering florals with violets. The texture is velvety. The structure and tension are big. The length and balance are worthy of its perfect score. For me, it’s just not there, yet! The acidity is really good. The long, lush, ripe, well balanced, polished finish is deliciously persistent.

Photos of; our dinner group, tasting room at Pontet Canet, the horse plows they still use in the fields and Chateau Pontet Canet.

Pontet Canet tasting and dinner with Alfred Tesseron.

What a great vintage. Its tannin structure will outlive the 09 and anyone 45 and older. The 2010 is a forever vintage and while different than 09, it will undoubtedly be just as great. It’s just going to take a lot more bottle age than the 09.

The body is full and round. The tannins have rounded but are still big and chewy. It’s more concentrated than 09. The fruit is really beautiful and again perfectly ripe. Dark currants, blackberries, dark cherries, black raspberries, dark plum, poached strawberries with hints of raspberries. Soft soil structure; dry top soil, moist clay, medium intensity dark spice, fresh tobacco, dry herbs, crushed rock powder, with dark, withering florals with violets. The texture is velvety. The structure and tension are big. The length and balance are worthy of its perfect score. For me, it’s just not there, yet! The acidity is really good. The long, lush, ripe, well balanced, polished finish is deliciously persistent.

Photos of; our dinner group, tasting room at Pontet Canet, the horse plows they still use in the fields and Chateau Pontet Canet.

Sep 8th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.8

Pontet Canet tasting and dinner with Alfred Tesseron.

Mind numbingly gorgeous. Believe the hype on the great Bordeaux producer’s 2009 vintage.

It is simply one of the best Bordeaux’s this young I’ve ever had. It’s is silky on the palate. The structure, tension, length and balance are stunning and this vintage is just getting started in its better evolution. The fruits are some of the very best Bordeaux fruits I’ve had. Ripe, ruby, lush; blackberries & dark cherries. Both chocolate, soft, layered baking spice, soft soils, understated; leather, tobacco, graphite, ruby, candied purple, blue/dark fresh and withering florals. The acidity is dead on. The finish is well balanced & glorious. This is an amazing wine that will blow your hair back at 25 years of age.

Photos of; our dinner group, tasting room at Pontet Canet, the horse plows they still use in the fields and Chateau Pontet Canet.

Pontet Canet tasting and dinner with Alfred Tesseron.

Mind numbingly gorgeous. Believe the hype on the great Bordeaux producer’s 2009 vintage.

It is simply one of the best Bordeaux’s this young I’ve ever had. It’s is silky on the palate. The structure, tension, length and balance are stunning and this vintage is just getting started in its better evolution. The fruits are some of the very best Bordeaux fruits I’ve had. Ripe, ruby, lush; blackberries & dark cherries. Both chocolate, soft, layered baking spice, soft soils, understated; leather, tobacco, graphite, ruby, candied purple, blue/dark fresh and withering florals. The acidity is dead on. The finish is well balanced & glorious. This is an amazing wine that will blow your hair back at 25 years of age.

Photos of; our dinner group, tasting room at Pontet Canet, the horse plows they still use in the fields and Chateau Pontet Canet.

Sep 8th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.6

Pontet Canet tasting and dinner with Alfred Tesseron.

When beauty arrives, it moves every sense in the body. This is what happens when you have the 05 after 11, 12, 13, 06 & 08. The 05 would be great anytime, not just after lesser vintages.

The body is silky, satin and velvety. The fruits are round, ripe and lush. They truly show the greatness of the vintage. It’s great tonight but, this is a long way from being truly ready. Blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, hint of blue & purple fruits & strawberries. Medium dark spice, soft baking spices, black licorice, both chocolates, moist clay, limestone, dry crushed rocks, old tobacco, graphite, dry herbs, rich dark soils, dry stones, bright, candied, red, dark, blue florals. The acidity is excellent and the long finish is well balanced, nicely polished and persists nicely with a dark spice long set.

Excellent with our lamb chops.

Photos of; our dinner group, The K&L Bordeaux Buyer-Ralph Sands and Alfred talking about the wines, Clyde Beffa Jr. -Owner of K&L Wine Merchants and Chateau Pontet Canet.

Pontet Canet tasting and dinner with Alfred Tesseron.

When beauty arrives, it moves every sense in the body. This is what happens when you have the 05 after 11, 12, 13, 06 & 08. The 05 would be great anytime, not just after lesser vintages.

The body is silky, satin and velvety. The fruits are round, ripe and lush. They truly show the greatness of the vintage. It’s great tonight but, this is a long way from being truly ready. Blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, hint of blue & purple fruits & strawberries. Medium dark spice, soft baking spices, black licorice, both chocolates, moist clay, limestone, dry crushed rocks, old tobacco, graphite, dry herbs, rich dark soils, dry stones, bright, candied, red, dark, blue florals. The acidity is excellent and the long finish is well balanced, nicely polished and persists nicely with a dark spice long set.

Excellent with our lamb chops.

Photos of; our dinner group, The K&L Bordeaux Buyer-Ralph Sands and Alfred talking about the wines, Clyde Beffa Jr. -Owner of K&L Wine Merchants and Chateau Pontet Canet.

Sep 8th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

Pontet Canet tasting and dinner with Alfred Tesseron.

The fruits are ripe, ruby. Blackberries, black raspberries, black plum skin, raspberries & strawberries. Dark rich soils, dark spice, crushed dry rocks, black licorice, tobacco, soft leather, graphite, Great balance fruit and earth. The body is velvety and statin. The structure, length, tension and balance are just coming around. The texture is gorgeous. The acidity is round and excellent. The finish delicious and persists nicely.

Photos of; our dinner group, The K&L Bordeaux Buyer-Ralph Sands and Alfred talking about the wines, Clyde Beffa Jr. -Owner of K&L Wine Merchants and Chateau Pontet Canet.

Pontet Canet tasting and dinner with Alfred Tesseron.

The fruits are ripe, ruby. Blackberries, black raspberries, black plum skin, raspberries & strawberries. Dark rich soils, dark spice, crushed dry rocks, black licorice, tobacco, soft leather, graphite, Great balance fruit and earth. The body is velvety and statin. The structure, length, tension and balance are just coming around. The texture is gorgeous. The acidity is round and excellent. The finish delicious and persists nicely.

Photos of; our dinner group, The K&L Bordeaux Buyer-Ralph Sands and Alfred talking about the wines, Clyde Beffa Jr. -Owner of K&L Wine Merchants and Chateau Pontet Canet.

Sep 8th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.1

Pontet Canet tasting and dinner with Alfred Tesseron.

The fruits are dark & muted. Blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, blue fruits, plums with strawberries come on late. Lots of moist clay, dry soils, deep dark spice, crushed, rock powder, graphite, black, dry soils, hints of green bell pepper, dry herbs with blue, dark withering flowers. The acidity is round but could be better. The long finish is balanced but, for me, comes up short and a little flat.

Photos of; our dinner group, The K&L Bordeaux Buyer-Ralph Sands and Alfred talking about the wines, Clyde Beffa Jr. -Owner of K&L Wine Merchants and Chateau Pontet Canet.

Pontet Canet tasting and dinner with Alfred Tesseron.

The fruits are dark & muted. Blackberries, black raspberries, dark cherries, blue fruits, plums with strawberries come on late. Lots of moist clay, dry soils, deep dark spice, crushed, rock powder, graphite, black, dry soils, hints of green bell pepper, dry herbs with blue, dark withering flowers. The acidity is round but could be better. The long finish is balanced but, for me, comes up short and a little flat.

Photos of; our dinner group, The K&L Bordeaux Buyer-Ralph Sands and Alfred talking about the wines, Clyde Beffa Jr. -Owner of K&L Wine Merchants and Chateau Pontet Canet.

Sep 8th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.5

Pontet Canet tasting and dinner with Alfred Tesseron.

2016 is such a beautifully, ripe and elegant vintage. The 16 stands tall from the other vintages we tasted.

The body is rich, bold and thick. Beautiful dark fruits of ripe, ruby; blackberries, plum, dark cherries, strawberries and amazing blue fruits shine as it sit on the palate. There is more balance in the 16...fruits and earth. Saddle-wood, tobacco, leather, dry soil, dry & moist clay, dry stone, rich dark earth, lead pencil, bright, fresh, red, blue, dark flowers with violets. Very nice acidity with a beautiful finish.

Don’t even touch a bottle for 15 plus years. This nice now but, you will only be cheating yourself out of a very special wine 15 plus years from now.

Photos of; Clyde and Alfred at the bar, their Amphora style cement tanks they ferment part of each vintage now, road signs of the good neighbors they keep and Chateau Pontet Canet.

Pontet Canet tasting and dinner with Alfred Tesseron.

2016 is such a beautifully, ripe and elegant vintage. The 16 stands tall from the other vintages we tasted.

The body is rich, bold and thick. Beautiful dark fruits of ripe, ruby; blackberries, plum, dark cherries, strawberries and amazing blue fruits shine as it sit on the palate. There is more balance in the 16...fruits and earth. Saddle-wood, tobacco, leather, dry soil, dry & moist clay, dry stone, rich dark earth, lead pencil, bright, fresh, red, blue, dark flowers with violets. Very nice acidity with a beautiful finish.

Don’t even touch a bottle for 15 plus years. This nice now but, you will only be cheating yourself out of a very special wine 15 plus years from now.

Photos of; Clyde and Alfred at the bar, their Amphora style cement tanks they ferment part of each vintage now, road signs of the good neighbors they keep and Chateau Pontet Canet.

Sep 8th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.0

Pontet Canet tasting and dinner with Alfred Tesseron.

The 13 was a brutal tannin vintage when I tasted it at En Premier. The tannins are still bitty but, nothing like they were out of barrel.

The fruit in the 13 shows the difficulty in the vintage. They are duller and it’s really stands out from other vintages and not in a good way.

It’s lean and there is nothing that really draws you in. Fruits are; dark cherries, rhubarb, blackberries, some blueberries@and the strawberries show some ripeness the other do not. Lots of dry earth, dry stones, some herbs, dark withering florals, decent acidity and a uneventful dry finish.

Photos of; Clyde and Alfred at the bar, their Amphora style cement tanks they ferment part of each vintage now, road signs of the good neighbors they keep and Chateau Pontet Canet.

Pontet Canet tasting and dinner with Alfred Tesseron.

The 13 was a brutal tannin vintage when I tasted it at En Premier. The tannins are still bitty but, nothing like they were out of barrel.

The fruit in the 13 shows the difficulty in the vintage. They are duller and it’s really stands out from other vintages and not in a good way.

It’s lean and there is nothing that really draws you in. Fruits are; dark cherries, rhubarb, blackberries, some blueberries@and the strawberries show some ripeness the other do not. Lots of dry earth, dry stones, some herbs, dark withering florals, decent acidity and a uneventful dry finish.

Photos of; Clyde and Alfred at the bar, their Amphora style cement tanks they ferment part of each vintage now, road signs of the good neighbors they keep and Chateau Pontet Canet.

Sep 8th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.3

Pontet Canet tasting and dinner with Alfred Tesseron.

2012 was an ok vintage. Certainly, better than 2011. The body is bigger and fruits are deeper & darker. Ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, baked strawberries and black raspberries. Lots of loamy soil and clay, tobacco, leather, a little graphite, dark spice but, not nearly as much as the 11. Dry stone, crushed dry rocks and bright, withering & fresh dark red florals. The acidity is good as is the balanced polished finish. Still needs to be cellared another 8 years or so.

Photos of, Clyde Beffa Jr., Owner of K&L pouring at the bar in the SF store. Their Amphora style cement tanks they ferment part of each vintage now, road signs of the good neighbors they keep and Chateau Pontet Canet.

Pontet Canet tasting and dinner with Alfred Tesseron.

2012 was an ok vintage. Certainly, better than 2011. The body is bigger and fruits are deeper & darker. Ripe; blackberries, dark cherries, baked strawberries and black raspberries. Lots of loamy soil and clay, tobacco, leather, a little graphite, dark spice but, not nearly as much as the 11. Dry stone, crushed dry rocks and bright, withering & fresh dark red florals. The acidity is good as is the balanced polished finish. Still needs to be cellared another 8 years or so.

Photos of, Clyde Beffa Jr., Owner of K&L pouring at the bar in the SF store. Their Amphora style cement tanks they ferment part of each vintage now, road signs of the good neighbors they keep and Chateau Pontet Canet.

Sep 8th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.1

Pontet Canet tasting and dinner with Alfred Tesseron.

Certainly one of the better 2011’s I’ve had. Drinks nicely early considering 2011 was not a stellar vintage.

The body is lean. The fruits are bright and ripe. Lean blackberries, lots of both cherries, strawberries, strong presence of dark spice with heat, crushed dry rocks, clay and bright fresh florals.

Photos of; the group tasting, their Amphora style cement tanks they ferment part of each vintage now, road signs of the good neighbors they keep and Chateau Pontet Canet.

Pontet Canet tasting and dinner with Alfred Tesseron.

Certainly one of the better 2011’s I’ve had. Drinks nicely early considering 2011 was not a stellar vintage.

The body is lean. The fruits are bright and ripe. Lean blackberries, lots of both cherries, strawberries, strong presence of dark spice with heat, crushed dry rocks, clay and bright fresh florals.

Photos of; the group tasting, their Amphora style cement tanks they ferment part of each vintage now, road signs of the good neighbors they keep and Chateau Pontet Canet.

Sep 8th, 2019