Chateau Pontet Canet Pauillac 2011
One of our favorite left bank Bordeaux Chateau and most collected by our members. Since 1989, Alfred Tesseron and Jean-Michel Comme (estate manager) has completely transformed both the vineyard and the identity of Chateau Pontet-Canet by embracing biodynamic and organic methods. One of the newer vinification technique was to reduce the proportion of new oak and introduction of 100 concrete dolia (amphorae), used to mature about a third of the wine. The inner walls of the amphorae contains a small amount of soil from the vineyard. Fifth Growth in classification but really should be up there with the First Growths. 120 hectares is across the road from Chateau Mouton Rothschild.
95 points James Suckling
95 points Wine Spectator
93 points Wine Advocate
Tasted at the Pontet-Canet vertical in London, the 2011 Château Pontet Canet must constitute one of the best wines on the Left Bank, even if it does not quite live up to its stellar performance from barrel. Lucid purple in color, the bouquet leaps from the glass and yells "Pauillac" - thanks to its graphite seam interwoven through the black fruit. Over ten minutes, tobacco scents join the fray and it develops what you might call "mint fresh" aromatics. The palate is medium-bodied and remains understated on the entry, perhaps exaggerated by the exuberance of the nose. However, there is no question that this is a refined, pure and seamless Pontet-Canet with crème de cassis and cedar inter-layered on the sustained finish. Bon vin. Tasted February 2016. Neal Martin
*Image by Katrina Coulourides and Monica Yu
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