A.O.C. Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
Château Pontet-Canet is a fifth growth on paper, yet not in reality, and produces classic left bank Bordeaux of quality well above the classification of 1855. While Pontet-Canet’s wines are not in the same league as its neighbour Château Mouton Rothschild, they have improved dramatically in the last decade and offer unrivaled Bordeaux value-for-money.
“The Pontet-Canet 2008 has a lovely, extravagant bouquet with scents of blackberry, macerated dark cherries, graphite and sous-bois. It is very well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with a supple, almost fleshy entry with seamless tannins. The oak is well integrated with a pleasing citric edge. Not a “classic” Pauillac, a little more voluptuous than others…more like a 2009 in many ways. But it is complex and demonstrates very good persistency in the mouth.” eRobertParker.com (Mar 2012)
Optimum Drinking Period: 2016-2046
Robert Parker: 96
Wine Spectator: 92
Stephen Tanzer: 94