Chateau Pontet Canet Pauillac 2012
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.
93 Points James Suckling
92 Points Wine Spectator
17.5 Points Jancis Robinson
Broad and fleshy, with an alluring feel to the layers of steeped plum, blackberry coulis and raspberry reduction notes, all gliding over ample but polished tannins. Loam, tobacco and warm stone accents stay in the background for now but add steady base notes to the finish. Packs in solid fruit for the vintage, with a commensurate tug of earth. Best from 2017 through 2025. Wine Spectator
*Image by Katrina Coulourides and Monica Yu
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