International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 84
Deep ruby-red. Blackcurrant, plum, tobacco and black olive nose is more complex and serious than that of either of the foregoing vintages. Thick, grapey and concentrated; still quite primary. This shows the fat and depth of the '96 vintage in the northern Medoc. Finishes long, with substantial tannins. Impressive.
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Author: Robert Parker
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.
Author: James Laube
A young red, with bright black licorice and berry aromas and hints of spice. Full-bodied, with firm tannins and compact fruit structure. Slightly closed on the finish, but impressive nonetheless.
Trust Rating: 3
Tasted On: 04/29/2013
Powerful nose of blackcurrent, leather, earth, cigar box and lavender. A good amount of fruit and a medium finish. Drinking well in 2013. Outperformed by the 2000 vintage Pontet-Canet.
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Tasted On: 06/25/2012
Tasted On: 05/15/2011
A little earthy at the beginning, but opened up nicely after decanting.
Trust Rating: 91
Tasted On: 02/22/2011
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 01/25/2010
Drink Dates: 2010-2025
A proper 1996. Well integrated and displaying the strength of the vintage, the fruit quality of P-C, and the evolution of a perfectly preserved bottle. Complex on the nose, by far the most complex of the evening, with cassis, dark fruit, noble leather, and forest floor. Medium-full, long, a large frame, nice acidity and holding nice tannins on the finish. Excellent. Textbook classic. Love it.
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