Ideally positioned right opposite Mouton Rothschild in Pauillac and following biodynamic practice, this 5ème cru classé is one of the new great wines from Bordeaux and has garnered a lot of attention.
Aged for up to 18 months in oak barrels. Fragrant and full bodied with blackcurrants and hint of tobacco, dry leaves and leather. Very smooth texture overall.
The 2014 Pontet-Canet, now in bottle, was tasted twice during my trip to Bordeaux. It has an attractive bouquet: graphite tinged black fruit, incense and violets, perhaps a little more hedonistic than I envisaged when I tasted it from barrel. The palate is medium-bodied with tensile tannin thanks to the keen line of acidity. I like the precision of this Pontet-Canet. It feels linear and correct, pencil lead notes developing towards the second half, more quintessentially Pauillac than previous vintages, with what you might describe as a classic Pauillac finish that retains the focus that I remarked upon from barrel. Tasted February 2017. Drink 2020-2045- 94 pts Neal Martin, Wine Advocate