Chateau Pontet Canet Pauillac Cinquieme Cru – 2010

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Wine Information

Region

France > Bordeaux > Médoc > Pauillac

Producer

Chateau Pontet Canet

Type

Red

Grape

Bordeaux Blend Red

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Vineyard

Chateau Pontet Canet

Producer

Chateau Pontet Canet

Appellation

Pauillac

Designation

AOP

Classification

Cinquieme Cru

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Tasting notes

Robert Parker
Tasted: 01/02/2013
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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!


Vinous
Tasted: 07/01/2013
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Author: Stephen Tanzer


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Robert Parker
Tasted: 01/05/2011
Drink: 2021-2061


Pontet-Canet's 2010 harvest took place between September 29 and October 17 (this vineyard is one of the few in Bordeaux that is fully certified as biodynamic) and the final blend was 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot that achieved nearly 15% natural alcohol. A remarkable, full-bodied effort (as was the estate's 2009 and 2008), like...

...so many recent vintages from proprietor Alfred Tesseron, it is of first-growth quality (some may even argue that it eclipses several first-growths). Dense purple to the rim, it offers classic notes of creme de cassis, graphite, subtle smoke and spring flowers. Multidimensional with massive concentration as well as vivid purity, precision and freshness, this is another astonishing effort from an obsessive/compulsive proprietor who is doing everything right. On the downside, this 2010 will require a decade of cellaring and should evolve for 50+ years. It will be fascinating to drink it side by side with the 2009 and 2008.



JancisRobinson.com
Tasted: 15/03/2012
Drink: 2018-2030


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Profile

Area under vines: 80 hectares
Soils: Gravel and sand
Average age of the vines: 45 years
Planting density: 9500 vines/ha
Production: 20 000 cases a year
Ageing: in 60% new oak barrels for 16 months
Grape varieties:
  • Cabernet Sauvignon 62%
  • Merlot 32%
  • Cabernet Franc 4%
  • Petit Verdot 2%

Second wine: Les Hauts de Pontet-Canet
  • Grape varieties:
    • Cabernet Sauvignon 53%
    • Merlot 46%
    • Cabernet Franc 1%

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    Contact details

    Name

    Chateau Pontet Canet

    Address

    Chateau Pontet Canet, Route Des Carruades, Pauillac, Gironde, France

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    Chateau Pontet Canet, Route Des Carruades, Pauillac, Gironde, France
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    Case size Tax status bid offer Recent
    12x75cl DP £ 1,450
    12x75cl IB £ 1,400 £ 1,580 £ 1,450
    6x150cl IB £ 1,380
    6x75cl DP £ 735
    6x75cl IB £ 700 £ 800 £ 703

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    Bid 6x75cl 3 £ 2,100
    Bid 12x75cl 7 £ 9,800

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