2004 Pontet-Canet

FRANCE / BORDEAUX / PAUILLAC
  • 90 WA
  • 93 WS
  • 91 IWC
  • 85 JR
  • Variety
    Red Bordeaux Blend
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SKU: 56754-2004-750-2B
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 91

    ($50-$59) Good ruby-red. Currant, black raspberry, cocoa powder and graphite on the nose. Silky on entry, then impressively sweet in the middle palate, with classic Pauillac flavors of currant, chocolate and graphite dominating. This boasts the sharp focus of the vintage's best examples but can't quite match the 2006 for consistent ripeness and mid-palate depth. Tannins are quite firm and in need of six or seven years of patience.
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: May/June 2007
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 90

    Backward and powerful for the vintage, this blue/purple-colored 2004 exhibits classic creme de cassis, smoke, incense, and spring flower characteristics. Medium to full-bodied, dense, and excruciatingly tannic, this impressively endowed Pauillac is built for the long haul. However, patience will be required.
    Author: Robert Parker
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 93

    Shows beautiful aromas of crushed berries and currant, with hints of mineral. Full-bodied, with lovely currant, licorice and mint. Long and caressing. Very refined and balanced. Another winner from Pontet-Canet.
    Author: James Suckling
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16

    Very dark crimson. Correct and chock full of fruit and power. Perhaps a little less polished than the non-kosher version? But very recognisably Pauillac. Gamey. Youthful and concentrated.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Author: Gilbert
  • Self | Rating: 88

    Author: Vinocholic
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: rnorberto
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2010-2030
    Author: alphajet
  • Self | Rating:

    Drink Dates: 2014-2025
    Author: AdamSmith
  • Self | Rating: 93

    Big & sweet; tough; dense; clamped on finish. This ends with a very cool crŠme-de-m–re note that reminds me of the '02. The extreme density of this wine reminds me of the '04 Pavie. It feels like it needs a lot of age.
    Drink Dates: 2012-2030
    Author: dwilson
  • Self | Rating: 17

    From halfbottle. After opening up, which requires at least an hour of caraffe-time, this shows ripe plum and cherry fruits of the sweeter kind and definite wood notes. Not complex at this stage but very attractive nontheless. Palate brings good attack of cassis and cherry. Very fresh and not without elegance. Clearly young and primary with most aromas of fruit but not too young to enjoy. Lacking in length still. Very good aging potential. A lot happening in glass and caraffe.
    Drink Dates: 2010-2025
    Author: cinnamon
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Full-bodied with dark fruits of berries and currant. Well balanced with good tannin and acidity to pamper your palate with velvety smooth texture. Still a bit early even with 2+ hours of decanting but watch out in couple of years. Very good value for the money.
    Author: cmin
  • Self | Rating: 89

    I was expecting more from Pontet Canet at this price (USD 60) in spite of the vintage. Still young thoug, it tastes like a light-weight Pauillac in my view. Try again next year.
    Drink Dates: 2012-2014
    Author: Tato
  • Self | Rating: 91

    In a lineup of 10 PC wines, the 2004 acquits itself with respect. It is the most closed of the night (along with the 2006), but the full-bodied, tannic and acidic profile is in balance, and will track along a nice, predictable track. A hint of lushness is welcome here. Nice finish. Great for the vintage, and still a good value. Hold.
    Drink Dates: 2015-2035
    Author: Miguel L
  • Self | Rating: 91

    Just ok, even for a Bordeaux
    Author: Stephen G41
  • Self | Rating: 85

    seemed passee
    Author: ShakySteve
  • Self | Rating: 92

    Still very young but everything is there to make it a great wine in several years. Had a 375ml at a restaurant so didn't have time to decant. Definitely could have used it though. Classic pauillac. Black fruit and chocolate. Great value too.
    Drink Dates: 2014-2024
    Author: Vinner
  • Self | Rating: 94

    unbelievably sweet, complex, powerful -- perfection. ready to drink but many years left.
    Author: Stefan N
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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Located in the southwest of France, Bordeaux is the single largest fine-wine-producing region in the world, with more than 15,000 growers spread over 57 appellations and more than 700 million bottles produced annually. The region boasts a two-thousand-year winemaking history and some of the wine world's most recognized and highly sought-after names. Red Bordeaux blends comprise eighty percent of production, but dry and sweet whites are also well-known. The region is divided into the Left and Right Banks (of the Dordogne River); Cabernet Sauvignon prevails in the former and Merlot in the latter.

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 2452 bottles owned
  • 340 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 91
    (Out of 340 collectors)