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Chateau Pontet Canet - Pontet Canet 2009


  • Country: France
  • Wine Region: Bordeaux
  • Wine Area: Pauillac
  • Wine Maker: Alfred Tesseron
  • Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
  • Grape Percentage: Cabernet Sauvignon 65%, Merlot 30%, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: 2020 to 2035
En Primeur
Bin End Limited Stock: (12 btls)
WA: 97 to 100 (2009) VS: 91 to 94 (2009) JR: 18 (2009) WS: 95 to 98 (2009) TA: 98 (2009) CK: 18 to 19 (2009) NM: 94 to 97 (2009)

Wine tasting notes

Pontet-Canet has always been a legendary Médoc. It is deep ruby-red, crimson, and sometimes almost black colour and has a characteristic bouquet of black fruit (especially blackcurrant), liquorice, and prune as well as fig, cedar, and sometimes cocoa overtones. Pontet-Canet combines power and elegance, as well as concentration and fullness on the palate. Rather sinewy in style, Pontet-Canet is clearly a classical wine with a tannic structure that provides excellent ageing potential.

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2009)97 to 100 pts

Wine Advocate # 188. Apr 2010. Reviewer : Robert Parker. It’s no surprise that proprietor Alfred Tesseron has produced a possibly perfect 2009. He’s been on a roll since 1994, and no other producer has done more work in the vineyard than Tesseron, who has moved to 100% bio-dynamic farming, reduced yields drastically, and instituted a draconian selection process. This vineyard, which sits on the high plateau of Pauillac adjacent to Mouton Rothschild, has produced a 2009 of extraordinary intensity and purity. It is outrageously concentrated, with silky tannin (the sweetest I have ever tasted in a Pontet-Canet as well as the highest measured), an opaque purple color, and copious notes of graphite, cassis, licorice, and subtle smoke and forest floor. Full-bodied and unctuously textured with striking purity and definition, it is a wine of colossal weight as well as elegance (in itself a poster boy for this paradox in 2009). This brilliant Pauillac requires a decade of cellaring despite its voluptuous texture. It should evolve for 50-75 years. (Tasted four times.) Drink: 2020 - 2095.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2009)91 to 94 pts

May/Jun 10. By Ian D'Agata. Bright ruby. Lovely perfumed aromas of fresh red cherry, blackcurrant and violet. Enters full, rich and very suave, showing highly flattering flavors of chocolatey red cherry and red plum along with very good energy, and yet I found myself wanting a bit more precision and lift. There is a wonderfully sumptuous, sensual side to this 2009's fruit. I've been a long-time fan of the wines of this estate (the '66 and '75 are must-buys for any serious Bordeaux lover), but at the moment I marginally prefer the more austere, classic 2008 to this charming '09. (2009)18 pts

Published : 07-Apr-2010. Very dark crimson. Firm and broad and very lively with real vibrant elderberry nose - there IS a bit of extra vitality in this wine! Very very nice and satisfying indeed. There is life to this and great breadth and depth. Intense richness that seems to come from the fruit rather than from winemaking. Something of Lafite’s complexity and integrity. Plus Mouton’s richness. Dry finish. Very well done. But it is not a wine you want to undertake young – still lots to sort out. Much less open than most. Dense – really quite dry on the end but appetising though very long term. Muscular. When to drink : 2020 to 2035.

Wine Spectator (2009)95 to 98 pts

Updated: April 15, 2010. Delivers aromas of blueberry skin, fresh flowers, licorice and raspberry sauce, with something exotic underneath it all. Full-bodied, with wonderful clarity and freshness. It's like looking at a full moon on a crystal-clear night in the country. This keeps coming at you, with tannins and ripe fruit. What balance, yet power to the wine. I love how the wine changes and challenges you with every sip. ?J.S.

Tim Atkin (2009)98 pts

Tim Atkin,, 98 pts - "It may or may not have something to do with bio-dynamic practices in the vineyard, but this fifth growth continues to outperform its place in the 1855 classification. Violet-scented and pure, the 2009 has a lovely freshness and elegance to it, with cedarwood, damson and black fruits on the palate. A wine that has now achieved Super Second status. 20+ years."

Chris Kissack (2009)18 to 19 pts

Chris Kissack,, 18-19+ pts - "Cabernet Sauvignon 65%, Merlot 30%, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. 60% new oak. Vibrant hue, bright, red-purple hue. Very dark concentrated fruit on the nose, dense forest fruit character. Plum and cherry, especially the latter. Lovely texture in entry, very creamy but also tightly defined, rather than soft or overly broad. Underneath this, a rich layer of tannin, all very composed, although rich and substantial. The fruit has a dense, black cherry edge with a crunchy spark to it. The tannins are rich and mouth coating, like heavy velvet curtains, but are in keeping with the rest of the wine. It has a union of massive structure, cleanly defined fruit and also freshness and acidity - quite a remarkable feat. Peppery acidity with it. Lovely fresh fruit. This is very impressive wine. Long and rich too. From my 2009 Bordeaux primeur assessment. 18-19+/20 (March 2010)

Neal Martin (2009)94 to 97 pts

Neal Martin,, 94-97pts - "Tasted on four separate occasions, including twice at the chateau, though actually showing best at a negociant. Representing 80% of the crop, 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. The nose is very pure, blackberry, small black cherries, a touch of griottes, a hint of cedar and mint. Quite feminine. Not too powerful. Very fine definition. The palate is full-bodied with firm tannins, insistent grip and good acidity, perhaps one of the most structured, masculine Pauillac 2009s but that does not detract from the finesse and poise. But certainly there is backbone here that segues into a tertiary note towards the finish. Very focused, more minerally elements towards the finish, hints of black truffle and smoke towards the finish. Very good persistency, somehow, an assured Pontet Canet. Superb. Tasted March 2010."

Vinification Notes

Once harvested, the wine goes into temperature-controlled fermentation vessels, before up to 20 months in oak, of which 60% is replaced each vintage. The wine is fined with egg white before bottling.