Château Pontet-Canet

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend

9.284 ratings
9.118 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
Ron Siegel

Black fruits, plum, graphite, cedar, leather & tobacco. This was drinking young & had a polished, silky texture with good tannin structure,

Black fruits, plum, graphite, cedar, leather & tobacco. This was drinking young & had a polished, silky texture with good tannin structure,

1 person found it helpfulApr 15th, 2018
Mike Levin

In a really great place but can still go the distance. Powerful stuff.

In a really great place but can still go the distance. Powerful stuff.

1 person found it helpfulJan 15th, 2018
Max Kelly

Tannins are fully resolved. Still fresh and with lovely soft, rich cassis, tobacco, and leather. I didn’t get any pencil lead, but otherwise classic Pauillac. Time to drink up though - this will begin to decline in the coming years.

Tannins are fully resolved. Still fresh and with lovely soft, rich cassis, tobacco, and leather. I didn’t get any pencil lead, but otherwise classic Pauillac. Time to drink up though - this will begin to decline in the coming years.

1 person found it helpfulNov 3rd, 2017
Soon Koh

Whee! Felt savory when the half bottle was first poured. Then graphite. Then mushroomy. Really enjoyable!

Whee! Felt savory when the half bottle was first poured. Then graphite. Then mushroomy. Really enjoyable!

1 person found it helpfulOct 24th, 2017
Pazzu Zu

Full bodied, powerful.

Full bodied, powerful.

1 person found it helpfulJun 4th, 2017
David Singer

Sommelier/Wine Educator LibationEducation

9.2

Starting to drink really well. Classic pauillac notes of lead pencil, cigar box, cassis, roasted bell pepper and gravel.

Starting to drink really well. Classic pauillac notes of lead pencil, cigar box, cassis, roasted bell pepper and gravel.

1 person found it helpfulJul 26th, 2015
Steve Messinger

Wonderful bottle bouquet earthy, long complex finish, still developing

Wonderful bottle bouquet earthy, long complex finish, still developing

1 person found it helpfulMay 31st, 2015
Ryan Mullins

Fantastic bottle of classic Bordeaux in a nice spot. Leaning toward the less ripe side with serious tannin but it felt like a throw back to the 70s and 80s Bordeaux. Thank you John Rothermel!

Fantastic bottle of classic Bordeaux in a nice spot. Leaning toward the less ripe side with serious tannin but it felt like a throw back to the 70s and 80s Bordeaux. Thank you John Rothermel!

May 31st, 2015
Christian Baeppler

Very elegant style of BDX. Classic aromas of black currant (very fresh) and some secondaries of cigar box and pencil shavings. Beautiful now, but will improve further with time. Polished finish. More please....

Very elegant style of BDX. Classic aromas of black currant (very fresh) and some secondaries of cigar box and pencil shavings. Beautiful now, but will improve further with time. Polished finish. More please....

Apr 2nd, 2014