Bordeaux Chateaux

Chateau Pontet Canet, Pauillac 2015

R3,250

Neighbor of Mouton-Rothschild, Pontet-Canet demonstrates equal Pauillac greatness with a powerful, vibrant wine of long lived structure

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Description

Description

 

Additional information

Additional information

Curated Selection

Top Rated, Organic & Biodynamic, Women in Wine

Grape Variety

Bordeaux Blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Other Varietals

Producer

Bordeaux Chateaux

Product Type

Red Wine

Vintage

2015

Wine Group

Prestige

Wine Occasion

Indulgence, Icon & Invest

Wine Region

Bordeaux, Bordeaux – Left Bank

Critics Top Rating

98 points

Story

Story

Château Pontet-Canet is a large Pauillac estate that can trace its origins back to 1725, when Jean-François Pontet gave his name to the estate he had acquired.

The wine was not château-bottled until 1972 and in 1975 the property was sold to Guy Tesseron, of the Tesseron family, one of the finest exponents of luxury, very old, aged Cognacs (Cognac Tesseron). The Tesserons also own Château Lafon-Rochet in St-Estephe. Today, Château Pontet-Canet is owned and run by Alfred and Michel Tesseron. The Tesserons have vastly improved the quality of the Pontet-Canet wines which are now full-bodied and packed with ripe, chewy, black fruits and finely integrated tannins. The wines posseses marvellous ageing potential.

Pontet-Canet’s 78 hectares of vineyards adjoin those of Mouton Rothschild and are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (63%), Merlot (32%) and Cabernet Franc  (5%).

Pontet-Canet is classified as a 5ème Cru Classé.

Specifications

Specifications

Blend – Cabernet Sauvignon 65%, Merlot 30%, Cabernet Franc 4%, Petit Verdot 1%

Vinification – four weeks to a month, decided by tasting. Fermentation : two to three weeks in Vats : oak and natural cement

Ageing – 50% new barrels, 35% dolia (cement), 15% one-year-old barrels, Maturation time : approx. 16 months

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes

Very intense colour. Very strong nose, dominated above all by fruity notes and a high mineral content. Cultivation methods add a touch of additional complexity. Strong palate and full-flavoured. The wine is structured, with very smooth tannins. The finish is long and savoury.

What strikes the taster immediately is the energy these wines display, the expression of tension and intensity: they are bright and brilliant, as though freed of any constraint. Their internal balance combines contained power, uncommon precision of fruit and undeniable class. They seduce by their full-bodied fruit, the finesse of their mouthfeel and their natural elegance, delivering a natural emotion which enhances their seductive charm.

Critic Ratings

Critic Ratings

Wine Advocate- 97 points

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Pontet-Canet comes charging out of the glass with fantastically expressive notes of black cherry preserves, black raspberries and blackcurrant pastilles plus touches of kirsch, wilted roses, tobacco, camphor and cinnamon stick with a waft of fragrant soil. Full bodied, the palate is laden with black and red fruit layers, supported by very firm, very finely grained tannins and provocative freshness, finishing with incredible length and stunningly perfumed.


James Suckling – 98 points

So much floral and dark-fruit character with almonds and walnut shell. Full body and ultra-fine tannins. Powerful. Classic style with a harmony and energy. Goes on for minutes. A superb wine with great fruit. Real Bordeaux. Try in 2025.

 


Decanter – 95 points

Tasted by Panos Kakaviatos (at Château Pontet Canet, 17 Sep 2021)Part of Château Pontet-Canet: Tasting 10 years of biodynamics

Ruby with a purple rim, no second wine made starting with this vintage. More expressive and opulent aromatics than in 2014, with ripe red and black fruit. The irresistible, juicy palate with creamy texture recalls the 2010, but lacks the same tension and structure. It resembles the 2009, enjoyed over lunch after the morning vertical, but with more focus and fruit purity, including primary blackberry, plum and cassis. Long finish. Aged 50% new oak , 35% amphora.

Drinking Window 2021 – 2060


Wine Enthusiast- 97 points

Succulent fruits, rich tannins and juicy acidity are in perfect harmony in this wine produced from biodynamic grapes. It has a rich, velvet texture and dense structure, sumptuous and already balanced and delicious. However do not be fooled, this is a serious wine for aging. Drink no earlier than 2026.

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