2012 Pontet Canet

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Average critic rating : 93.5 points



This impeccably run, biodynamically farmed estate of Alfred Tesseron goes from strength to strength. The 2012 triumphs once again with its notes of dark plum, blackcurrant, licorice and almost a hint of truffle, its full-bodied, supple tannins, and beautiful, expensive mouthfeel. Complex and deep, this dense ruby/purple-colored wine may not be at the level of the 2009 or 2010, but it is a successful wine in this vintage, and a significant wine in 2012. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2035.| eRobertParker.com.April, 2015



A wine that makes you want to drink it already. It’s stylish with berries, currants, cedar and stone aromas and flavors. Full body, with very integrated tannins and a long, long finish. A small percentage of the wine is now aged in cement vats instead of oak barrels. This touches all the senses. A beauty. Made from biodynamic grapes. James Suckling, jamessuckling.com



Spicy and quite savoury on the palate. very natural with soft earthy notes alongside bramble fruit. Sweet-fruited palate with an open texture then tighter towards the end. An elegant style from this chateau. FINE+RARE

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Pontet Canet 2012
-£116.00     (-16.81%) Latest price:  £574.00
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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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