2010 Pontet Canet



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Average critic rating : 96.45 points

100

100

An absolutely amazing wine, from grapes harvested between the end of September and October 17, this blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot has close to 15% natural alcohol. It comes from one of the few biodynamic vineyards in Bordeaux, but you are likely to see many more, given the success that Tesseron seems to be having at all levels, both in his vineyards and in his fermentation/winemaking. An astounding, compelling wine with the classic Pauillac nose more often associated with its cross-street neighbor, Mouton-Rothschild, creme de cassis, there are also some violets and other assorted floral notes. The wine has off-the-charts massiveness and intensity but never comes across as heavy, overbearing or astringent. The freshness, laser-like precision, and full-bodied, massive richness and extract are simply remarkable to behold and experience. It is very easy, to become jaded tasting such great wines from a great vintage, but it is really a privilege to taste something as amazing as this. Unfortunately, it needs a good decade of cellaring, and that’s assuming it doesn’t close down over the next few years. This is a 50- to 75-year wine from one of the half-dozen or so most compulsive and obsessive proprietors in all of Bordeaux. Is there anything that proprietor Alfred Tesseron is not doing right? Talk about an estate that is on top of its game! Pontet-Canet’s 2010 is a more structured, tannic and restrained version of their most recent perfect wine, the 2009. Kudos to Pontet-Canet! Wine Advocate.February, 2013

93-95

93-95

The Pontet Canet has a very pure bouquet that you could almost compare to a Burgundy. Blackberry, dark cherries, a touch of mint and graphite, exceptionally well defined, flowering with 3-4 minutes in the glass. The palate is full-bodied with very fine but firm, tensile tannins, perhaps even more purity than the 2009, not a million miles away (both geographically and stylistically) from Mouton-Rothschild. The finish is very smooth with a sorbet-like freshness, firm grip, long in the mouth towards the finish with some crème de cassis and blueberry towards the finish. The Merlot content lends this a little more opulence than some of the other Pauillac 2010s. There is a lot of volume to this wine, really fills the mouth with a sweet, sensual finish, but keep find myself yearning for more Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink 2020-2050. Tasted March 2011. Neal Martin, erobertparker.com

97-98

97-98

What a nose of blackcurrants, minerals and blueberries. Flowers too. Licorice. Full bodied, with a wonderful texture of super refined tannins and a long, long finish. A beautiful concentration of fruit and purity and precision. So clear and focused. Super, super long. The tannins and finish are all in balance. This is the first vintage completely certified for biodynamic. Like a Swiss watch – A Lange! 65 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 14 percent Merlot, 20 percent Cabernet Franc, 1 percent Petit Verdot. jamessuckling.com

96-99

96-99

Seriously dense, with thickly layered fig paste, macerated black currant fruit, Kenya AA coffee and roasted tobacco. But really fresh and invigorating throughout, with mouthwatering iron and apple wood notes. Despite the power, this cuts like a knife from the start. When the Bordelais say precise, this is what they mean. James Molesworth, winespectator.com

17.5

17.5

Dense, rich and minty on the nose with real density. Lots of luscious chew. This is clearly from a great vintage with huge vivacity. Heavy undertow. Long. Minerals and firm. Racy. jancisrobinson.com

18.5

18.5

Masses of concentrated cassis fruit, but already has wild violet fragrance of the greatest Pauillacs, superb middle sweetness, perfect structure and length, perhaps more elegant than Pontet-Canet's great 2009. Drink 2016-35. Steven Spurrier, decanter.com

19

19

Purple-red blood of the grape, dark as indigo to a pale cornelian edge, gives off a redolence of geranium, verbena and lime flowers. Its heavy but attractive tannin has integrated with lactescent acids, soft fruits, currants, cranberries, greengages, cherries, as well as slate and earthly minerality.Within the 2010 context of reserve, muscularity and restraint, this is more relaxed, full in mid palate, and an aftertaste of wine lees. The ambition and craft of it designers is manifested in its substantial unity, old fashion and new return to Nature and the natural. It seems almost ready to drink, but it will be better in 2020 and at its best by 2050.

96-97

96-97

Pontet Canet Produced from an assemblage of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, yields were down 10% from 2009. Inky black in color, the wine stains the sides of the glass. Cassis, stone, forest floor, tobacco and cedar aromas effortlessly pop from the glass. This fills your mouth with flavor. Packed and stacked with layers of ripe, fat, plump fruit, voluptuous in style, with freshness and ripe tannins, the blackberry, blue fruit, cassis, licorice and spice filled finish grows in your mouth. winecellarinsider.com

94-96

94-96

The deep purple 2010 Pontet-Canet has wonderful aromatics of violets, blackberries, spices, cedar, plums and cassis, and gentle seductive flavours on the palate with velvety tannins and great length. This is a multi-dimensional wine with depth to its seaMedium Lemoness flavours and amazing texture to its tannins. asianpalate.com

18.5-19.5

18.5-19.5

A superb nose of cool, complex blue fruit. This has the same energy as Latour. Ultra pure and refined fruit. Superfine tannin with a palpable sense of vibration, leaves the mouth tingling. Wonderfully balanced, really of First Growth quality.



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Pontet-Canet: The Importance

Since being purchased by the Tesseron family of Cognac fame, in 1975, it is undoubtable that the large estate of Château Pontet-Canet in the Bordeaux appellation of Pauillac has gone from strength to strength. Now run by Alfred Tesseron alongside winemaker Jean-Michel Comme, the huge amounts of work that they have committed to this estate has clearly paid off and the quality of the wine produced here has never been higher. An example of this increase in quality can be seen in the considerably lower yields produced by the vines, meaning that the juice extracted is much more concentrated and characterful. The influence that Tesseron and Comme have had is directly reflected in the scores received by critics, with very few wines after 1994 being rated below 90 points by Neil Martin and Robert Parker. James Suckling’s website even states that “it’s difficult to think of a Bordeaux wine estate that has improved the quality of its wines more than Château Pontet-Canet. Situated next to first-growth Mouton-Rothschild, the fifth-growth Pauillac property is making some of the most exciting reds in the world. In some vintages, its wines can even rival those of first growths.”

 

Some of the best vintages produced by the estate have been 2000, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2015, with 2009 and 2010 being given 100 point ratings by Robert Parker. Parker writes that “the 2000, 2003 and 2005 have been wines that show its nearby first growth neighbour, Mouton Rothschild, has some serious competition”, and Antonio Galloni described the 2015 as “magnificent”.

 

Thanks to its classification in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification as a 5th growth, Pontet-Canet is able to deliver remarkably good value for money for the quality of the wine it produces, and as Robert Parker writes, it is “encroaching on Château Lynch Bages's status as a beloved and over-performing Pauillac fifth growth.”



Pontet-Canet: The Insight

The grapes planted at Pontet-Canet are 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, showing a classic left-bank Bordeaux blend. Winemaking is biodynamic, which is still unusual in Bordeaux, although other estates such as Mouton-Rothschild, impressed by the results that have been seen at Ponet-Canet, have begun converting to biodynamic practices. Tesseron and Comme feel that this practice is the best way for the wine to express the particular soil type and climate they are grown on.

 

Another peculiarity of this estate, is that around 35% of the wine is aged in amphorae partially made out of the soil from the estate, which ties elements of terroir into the fermentation process, creating integration between all stages of the winemaking process.

 

The wines of Pontet-Canet are characterised by depth and power, with aromas of ripe fruit, meat and spice, carried by high amounts of supple tannins. They are full bodied yet still extremely refined, with great potential for ageing. Robert Parker, when reviewing the 2009 vintage, describes the wine as one of “irrefutable purity, laser-like precision, colossal weight and richness, and sensational freshness…a tour de force in winemaking that is capable of lasting 50 or more years.”

 

Pontet-Canet also produces a second wine called the Hauts de Pontet-Canet and is made from younger vines. Started in 1982, it provides a lighter and earlier drinking alternative to the Grand Vin.



Pontet-Canet: The Background

The origins of Château Pontet-Canet can be traced back to 1725, when it was purchased by Jean-Francois Pontet, and remarkably, the estate has since then been in the hands of only two other families.

 

The Tesseron family also own Château Lafon-Rochet in St Estèphe and in 2016 expanded their holdings when they purchased Villa Sorriso vineyard in Napa, previously owned by Robin Williams.



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