2005 Pontet-Canet 750ml

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2005 Pontet-Canet
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International Wine Cellar | 95

($120-$190) 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.)

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 138

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Wine Advocate | 96

The work that Alfred Tesseron and his winemaking team have done at this estate since 1994 is remarkable. At this fabulous terroir just south of Mouton-Rothschild, Tesseron has made major investments, and instituted incredibly severe selections in both the vineyard and winery. The result is a succession of extraordinary wines. It is difficult to know whether the 2005 Pontet-Canet will ultimately eclipse the hedonism and density of the flamboyant 2003, but it is unquestionably a stunning effort. Inky/black-colored with a classic Pauillac perfume of licorice, black currant liqueur, graphite, cedar, and spice box, it is full-bodied, with magnificent concentration, formidable tannins, and an Arnold Schwartzenegger-like structure (when he was 25 years younger). This backward, formidably endowed 2005 will require patience.

Drink Dates: 2017-2040
Author: Robert Parker
Issue: 176

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Wine Spectator | 96

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. 20,830 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2014+
Author: James Suckling


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Author: Steve Y
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 11/04/2013
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Score: 94
Author: Stephen G41
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 07/05/2013
Still lots of time, starting to knit now.

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Score: 95
Author: Mayo
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 06/16/2013

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Score:
Author: raphaelmatias
Trust Rating: 76
Tasted On: 11/22/2011
94

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Score: 93
Author: NC
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 10/08/2011
Drink Dates: 2015-2020
Full bodied, rich, ruby red-colored with a classic Pauillac aroma. Magnificent concentration with disticntive tannins. This wine will require patience. Although very good now I would hold until at least 2015. Consider buying more and holding until the 2020's

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About This Producer


One of eighteen Fifth Growth estates, Chateau Pontet-Canet is located in the northern end of the Pauillac appellation, and has one of the largest production volumes in the region. The vineyards date to the early 18th century, and are planted on extremely gravelly, well-draining soil, typical of the best vineyards in Bordeaux. Plantings are predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. Chateau Pontet-Canet wines are very concentrated, yet elegant, and have tremendous aging potential. The estate produces a second wine, Les Hauts de Pontet, as well as an additional red blend called Benjamin de Pontet.

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