1986 Pontet Canet

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Average critic rating : 88.5 points



The 1986 is dark ruby in color, with an intense bouquet of sweet oak and cedary black currants. This wine has excellent depth and richness, full body, and sensational extraction of fruit. It lingers and lingers on the palate, with quite a tannic finish. This wine should not be touched before the mid-1990s, and is capable of lasting for 15-20 years thereafter. Thirty percent new oak casks were used. Along with the 1989, it represents the finest Pontet-Canet since 1961. Anticipated maturity: Now-2012. Last tasted, 4/90. Robert Parker, Bordeaux Book, 3rd Edition # B1



A rich, elegant, complex and well-proportioned wine with layers of cedar, p lum, currant and spice that are intense and deep. Finish is long and elegant. Drink now through 2005. James Suckling, Wine Spectator 1989

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Owned by the Tesseron family, Château Pontet-Canet is one of Pauillac’s most important estates and one whose profile has been on a stellar rise over the past two decades. Situated just south of first growth Mouton-Rothschild, it is one of the largest estates in Pauillac at 80 hectares. It is classed as a cinquième grand cru classé, or fifth growth, though punches well above its classification.

The vineyards of Pontet-Canet are planted principally to Cabernet Sauvignon (63%), Merlot (32%) and Cabernet Franc, a fairly typical Bordeaux blend. This is where the typical comparisons end. Pontet-Canet have been farming their vineyards biodynamically for some years now – the château was the first in Bordeaux to start with a few plots in 2004 – and Pontet-Canet was the pioneer of the re-introduction of working the vineyards with horses. The cellars were totally renovated for the 2005 vintage (and there was a significant jump in quality); since then winemaker Jean-Michel Comme has been experimenting with concrete “eggs” for the fermentation of part of the crop.

The wines of Pontet-Canet have improved steadily for twenty years now – 1994 Pontet-Canet is generally considered to be the watershed vintage – and that improvement was turbo-charged from 2005 onwards. 2010 and 2009 Pontet-Canet are both 100 point wines, and Pontet-Canet has regularly out-scored some of the first growths in recent years.

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