2005 Pontet Canet

Scores: 90+ CT:93.6 DT:0 IWC:95 JR:17.5 RP:97+ WS:96 AVG: 78

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Everything went right for the Bordealis in 2005. The growing season was dry but not excessively hot and the grapes, though small, delivered almost unbeatable concentration. At the same time the cool nights towards the end of the summer, ensured that acidity didn't drop which meant that the wines achieved incredible balance and freshness. That Pontet-Canet managed to produce an outstanding Claret is perhaps not a surprise, given the vintage conditions and this is a very exciting wine indeed. You can expect a wine of great power and structure, yet with real finesse. You will be seduced by the mineral, cedar and blackcurrant fruit and the crunchy freshness that makes this such a wonderful wine to serve with food.

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Beautiful freshness of black fruit with some purity and style, elegant fruit concentration and well-integrated oak aromas. Very high and precise acidity with lots of ripe but fresh red and black fruit characters, spicy, and fine oak with some minerality, very elegant but has layers and shows complexity. Great potential and needs few more years beyond 2010 to develop and open up.

, Jan 2008, 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.)

, Jan 2070, 17.5
Tasted blind. Blackish crimson. Spicy sweet fruit and then dry. Pleasure before a bit of pain, but overall it’s well done and pretty glamorous.

, Jun 2015, 97+
Possibly the youngest wine of all the 2005 Médocs in terms of its evolution, at age 10 the inky purple 2005 Pontet-Canet tastes more like a two-year-old wine. Loads of pure blueberry, blackberry and cassis fruit are present along with a hint of licorice and background oak. It is full-bodied, ripe, and excruciatingly fresh, vigorous and exuberant. This is a tour de force, and a sensational effort that rivals the first growths. Give it another 5-10 years of cellaring, and drink it over the following 30-40 years. |

, Mar 2008, 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, thought-provoking wine. Shows wonderful purity of Cabernet Sauvignon. Best after 2014. 20,830 cases made.

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Type Red Wine 紅酒
Grapes Red Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Wine Region Bordeaux
Sub region Médoc
Appellation Pauillac
Producer Château Pontet-Canet

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