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Pauillac, 5me cru classéSlightly scuffed label
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$150.00 per Bottle
"Tasted at the Pontet-Canet vertical in London, the 2005 Château Pontet-Canet has long been one of the stars of the vintage and this might well be the best of over a dozen showings of this wine. However, do not expect ostentation on the nose. This is 2005 and like many wines of this vintage, even with considerable decanting, it remained broody and introspective on the nose, as if it is checking you out and seeing if you are worthy. Once you have been accepted, then it swings the doors open to reveal gorgeous scents of blackberry, briary and cassis fruit, perhaps a little more sous-bois than I have noticed compared to previous bottles. The palate is medium-bodied, but dense and structured—certainly a more masculine Pontet-Canet built for long-term ageing. Yet it retains marvelous freshness and vitality all the way through to the pencil-lead, quite saline finish. I suspect that the 2009 Pontet-Canet is more approachable than the 2005, so heeding Robert Parker's sage advice, afford this up to ten years in your cellar and then reap the rewards of patience. Tasted February 2016." Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Interim Issue
Drink from: 2024-2049
"Black in color, with aromas of blackberry, black licorice, tar, mineral and fresh flowers. Full-bodied and powerful, with ultrafine tannins that last for minutes on the palate. A polished, though-provoking wine. Shows wonderful purity of Cabernet Sauvignon. Best after 2014. 20,830 cases made." Wine Spectator
Drink from: 2014
"Good full ruby-red. Complex, enticing aromas of black raspberry, licorice, minerals, bitter chocolate, lead pencil and pungent cedar; just this side of exotic. Wonderfully silky, sweet and thick, with a powerful minerality framing the currant, graphite and spice flavors. This boasts superb inner-mouth energy and great length, with the full, ripe tannins totally enrobed by the wine's mid-palate richness. (My sample of the 2006 was old and tired, so I'll wait until next year to report on the finished wine; this was a star in the early going.)." Stephen Tanzer, Vinous.com
"The Château Pontet-Canet 2005 has an opulent, fruit-laden bouquet with precocious black cherries, wild strawberry, marmalade and fig roll-scents that bloom from the glass. The palate is full-bodied with copious sweet ripe black fruit – black cherries and crème de cassis – one of the most sensual and voluptuous Left Bank wines with layers of glycerine on the finish. Decadent and sophisticated, this is a Pauillac built for the long-term." Neal Martin's Wine Journal
Drink from: 2018-2045
"Wine of great breadth, attaining its ambition without any complications: beautiful, deep, and opaque appearance; luxurious oak, but perfectly integrated, with touches of Havana and red and black fruits; compact and solid, but mellow, velvety, and long." Michel Bettane/Thierry Desseauve, The World of Fine Wine, Issue 13