Chateau Pontet Canet Pauillac Cinquieme Cru – 1996

  • ready 2010 - 2022
  •  90/100
  •  France > Bordeaux > Médoc > Pauillac

Wine Information

Region

France > Bordeaux > Médoc > Pauillac

Producer

Chateau Pontet Canet

Type

Red

Grape

Bordeaux Red Blend

Advice

ready

Vineyard

Chateau Pontet Canet

Producer

Chateau Pontet Canet

Appellation

Pauillac

Designation

AOP

Classification

Cinquieme Cru

Cuvee Bottling


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Tasting notes

Robert Parker
Tasted: 28/09/2017
Drink: 2016-2022


Tasted at the Pontet-Canet vertical in London, the 1996 Château Pontet-Canet was tasted from three different bottles. Two of them didn't pass muster and seemed a little bretty on the nose. A third was much better with mulberry, blackberry and cedar on the nose that still lacks the panache of more recent vintages. I noticed how meaty it became in the glass, slightly ferrous...

...The palate is medium-bodied and at 20 years fully mature. Cedar and dried herbs dominate the opening but unlike the 1982 Pontet-Canet there is decent substance here and a slightly medicinal finish. Hopefully your bottle will mirror the best of the three that I tasted. Good luck. Tasted February 2016.


Robert Parker
Tasted: 01/04/1999
Drink: 2010-2035


I was shocked by how backward the 1996 Pontet-Canet was on the three occasions I tasted it in January. This wine possesses superb potential, but it appears a decade's worth of patience will be necessary. The color is a saturated dark purple. With coaxing, the wine offers aromas of black currant jam intertwined with minerals, sweet oak, and spice. A full-bodied wine, it possesses layered, concentrated, sweet fruit, with an elevated level of ripe tannin. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2035.


Vinous
Tasted: 05/01/1999
Drink:
Author: Stephen Tanzer


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Robert Parker
Tasted: 01/02/1998
Drink: 2006-2035


A classic Pauillac, the 1996 continues to flesh out, revealing an opaque purple color, and a magnificent creme de cassis nose reminiscent of the superb vintages of Mouton-Rothschild (Pontet-Canet's neighbor). The wine is full-bodied, as well as extraordinarily rich, ripe, and powerful, with layers of sweet black fruits intertwined with earth, minerals, and spicy oak. Massive...

...on the palate, with lofty tannin, but equally high extract, this is a profound Pontet-Canet that may turn out to be even more classic and longer-lived than the 1995 and 1994. Terrific stuff! Anticipated maturity: 2006-2035. The extraordinary effort that Alfred Tesseron is making at this property is reconfirmed with each new tasting note I write on Pontet-Canet. Having recently had the exceptionally impressive 1994 in several tastings, it is a pleasure to see this historic estate turning out wines that behave like super seconds rather than fifth-growths.


JancisRobinson.com
Tasted: 17/02/2011
Drink: 2015-2030


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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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    Chateau Pontet Canet

    Address

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

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    1x75cl IB £ 50
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    6x75cl DP £ 350

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