2016 Chateau Pontet CanetBlend from France
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Over the last several years, Pontet Canet has been one of the hottest estates in Bordeaux. Located right next to Mouton Rothschild in Pauillac, this is the one Bordeaux that we...
- 100 Wine Enthusiast
- 99 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
- 98+ Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
100 Wine Enthusiast
"A voluptuous wine, this is rich and fruity yet properly balanced by a magnificent structure. Pure, crisp and packed with a black currant flavor, this will be a remarkable wine as it develops. Still young, it needs many years to develop. Don't think about drinking before 2025."
99 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
"The 2016 Pontet-Canet is absolutely breathtaking. Powerful, ample and racy in the glass, the 2016 is one of the most exquisitely well-balanced young Pontet-Canets I can remember tasting. Savory, high-toned aromatics and brisk mineral notes lend energy and delineation as this vivid wonderfully alive wine opens up in the glass. The flavors are dark and incisive, but it is the wine's total sense of harmony that is most compelling. All of the elements are simply in the right place. The 2016 is tremendous. It's as simple as that. As is often the case, Pontet-Canet is one of the most singular wines in Bordeaux. Alfred Tesseron could have chosen to play things safe when he took over the management of the estate in the mid-1990s. Instead, he chose a very different path. No proprietor in Bordeaux has taken more risks over the last two decades than Alfred Tesseron. A commitment to biodynamic farming, sustainability across the entire estate more broadly, and the adoption of new concepts for Bordeaux, such as aging a portion of the wine in terra cotta, set Pontet-Canet apart from other properties in Pauillac and the Left Bank. Not surprisingly, the wine is also starkly different from the wines of neighboring estates."
98+ Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The blend of the 2016 Pontet-Canet is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Around 55% of the wine was aged in new French oak barrels, 15% in two-year-old barrels and 35% in cement amphorae for 16 months. Deep garnet-purple colored, it opens with opulent scents of plum preserves, spice cake, hoisin and crème de cassis with fragrant wafts of potpourri, wood smoke and rose hip tea. Medium to full-bodied, rich and decadent, with loads of spicy layers, it has a firm, velvety texture with great freshness and incredible depth, finishing very long and on a compelling mineral note."
Over the last several years, Pontet Canet has been one of the hottest estates in Bordeaux. Located right next to Mouton Rothschild in Pauillac, this is the one Bordeaux that we highly recommend to all our collectors to buy just about every vintage.
The 2016 is certainly memorable and ranks as one of the finest vintages for the estate!
This is big time news as this is one of the most incredible estates in all of Bordeaux ... and when you consider the price point ... and the perfect rating ... it might be the best vintage from this estate of all time!
We can't recommend buying this enough!
100 - Wine Enthusiast
99 - Antonio Galloni - Vinous
98+ - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
|Varietal(s)||Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot|
|Taste||currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak, vanilla, black cherry, plum, smoke, toast, tar, lead, cedar, molasses and dark fruit|
|Nose||currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar, cigar box, violet, rose, truffle, earth, coffee, leather, mocha, vanilla and tobacco|