2002 Pontet Canet

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£783.00 DP
£783.00 DP

Average critic rating : 90.0 points



This wine has seemingly gone to sleep and is in a dormant, ungracious stage, exhibiting notes of green tea leaves intermixed with red and black currants in its dusty nose. A medium-bodied wine with moderately high tannin and a certain austerity, it seems to be a much less impressive effort than I thought from barrel or is it just impossibly closed? There is still substantial size and tannic clout to the wine, but the fruit seems to have gone into hiding. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2020+.||As most well-informed insiders in Bordeaux know, proprietor Alfred Tesseron has been doing everything right since 1994 in order to fully develop the enormous potential of this vineyard adjacent to Mouton-Rothschild. Some serious work is done in the vineyard including de-budding, de-leafing, and crop-thinning. The harvest usually takes place in several attempts trying to maximize ripeness and there are two separate sorting tables. Yields have dropped dramatically, and of course there is a severe selection. Wine Advocate.April, 2005



A solid wine with berry, currant and mineral character. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a long finish. Racy. Alfred Tesseron is making excellent wine nearly every year now. One of the few 2002s better than 2001. Best after 2008. James Suckling, Wine Spectator 2005

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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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