2018 Château Pontet Canet, 5ème Grand Cru Classé Pauillac is now released.
Château Pontet Canet‘s vineyard is ideally positioned right opposite Mouton Rothschild. The quality has varied through time but, since 1994 Alfred Tesseron has been in charge of the Domaine, and Pontet Canet is now one of the new great wines from Bordeaux and has garnered a lot of attention. The wines are fermented with natural yeasts and age on average 12-18 months in oak (40-60% new) before bottling.
Without question, the style at Ch. Pontet Canet is different. Davy’s Fine Wine team found a Pontet Canet with real class; incredible purity and depth to the fruit, superb structure – this truly stands out as one of the wines of the vintage. The pricing (24% down on the 2016, 5% up on 2017) places this release in the market below other top rated vintages for the Chateau; 2009, 2010 and 2016.
Offered for sale ‘En Primeur’ under bond. Price shown is per case (6x75cl bottles) and excludes UK duty and VAT which will be charged at the prevailing rate when the wine is released from bond. Onward delivery from bond charges are not included, free delivery on orders above £100 does not apply. Reward Card points are not accruable or redeemable on ‘En Primeur’ or In Bond sales.
The 2018 Pontet-Canet is made up of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. Picking began on September 24 and finished on October 5; aging is in 55% oak barriques and 45% amphorae. Very deep purple-black in color, it comes rolling sensuously out of the glass with all the opulence and seduction of Cleopatra on a carpet. It emerges with flamboyant scents of crème de cassis, preserved plums and blueberry compote, and after a few moments, it bursts with nuances of molten licorice, sandalwood, Chinese five spice, candied violets, dark chocolate and dried roses, followed by underlying earthy suggestions of fallen leaves, black truffles, underbrush and wild sage. Full-bodied, wonderfully dense, rich, impossibly layered and very, very decadent, the palate delivers all it promises on the nose, with a firm, wonderfully velvety frame and finishing with epic length, a scintillating wave of freshness and a beguiling perfume. This is one for true hedonists.- 98 pts Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Advocate