1996 Ch Pontet Canet 5ème Cru Pauillac - 12x75cl
  • Colour Red
  • Producer Château Pontet-Canet
  • Region Pauillac
  • Grape Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ Petit Verdot
  • Drinking 2010 - 2030
  • Case size 12x75cl
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1996 - Ch Pontet Canet 5ème Cru Pauillac - 12x75cl

  • Colour Red
  • Producer Château Pontet-Canet
  • Region Pauillac
  • Grape Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ Petit Verdot
  • Drinking 2010 - 2030
  • Case size 12x75cl
  • Available Now
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Case price: £1,232.14 Duty Paid inc VAT
Case price: £1,000.00 In Bond
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  • Goedhuis, August 2006

    The 1996 Pontet Canet is currently in an adolescent phase of its life, shedding its youthful primary fruit character and taking on secondary and tertiary notes of leather and forest floor. It offers a poised, balanced palate that is neither hedonistic nor heavy and finishes on pure, clean cut mineral flavours. Drink 2011 - 2025.

  • Neal Martin, October 2016, Score: 89/100

    Tasted at the Pontet-Canet vertical in London, the 1996 Château Pontet-Canet was tasted from three different bottles. Two of them didn't pass muster and seemed a little bretty on the nose. A third was much better with mulberry, blackberry and cedar on the nose that still lacks the panache of more recent vintages. I noticed how meaty it became in the glass, slightly ferrous. The palate is medium-bodied and at 20 years fully mature. Cedar and dried herbs dominate the opening but unlike the 1982 Pontet-Canet there is decent substance here and a slightly medicinal finish. Hopefully your bottle will mirror the best of the three that I tasted. Good luck. Drink 2016-2022. 89/100

  • Robert Parker, April 1997, Score: 92-93

    Proprietor Alfred Tesseron should be commended for taking what was a good, robust, fifth-growth Pauillac, and in three years, 1994, 1995, and 1996, producing a wine that is one of the finest of the vintage. If there is such a thing as the frugal person's Chateau Latour, it may be Pontet-Canet. Despite the fact that this estate's vineyards are adjacent to Mouton-Rothschild, the 1994, 1995, and 1996 wines have had more in common with Latour than any other Pauillac. The 1996 looks to be another classic for Pontet-Canet. An opaque purple color, and a backward but huge, promising nose of sweet black fruits, fruitcake, earth, and spice are followed by an old style Pauillac that appears to have been made with no compromises. This is a mammoth, super-powerful, awesomely concentrated wine that may need 10-15 years to shed some of its tannin. However, there is no doubting that there is more than enough fruit, extract, and glycerin to withstand the aging process. It will be fun to compare the 1994, 1995, and 1996 Pontet-Canets over the next 30-35 years to see which will ultimately come out on top. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2035. P.S. Patience is a must for readers considering buying this wine.

  • Robert Parker, February 1998, Score: 91-95

    A classic Pauillac, the 1996 continues to flesh out, revealing an opaque purple color, and a magnificent creme de cassis nose reminiscent of the superb vintages of Mouton-Rothschild (Pontet-Canet's neighbor). The wine is full-bodied, as well as extraordinarily rich, ripe, and powerful, with layers of sweet black fruits intertwined with earth, minerals, and spicy oak. Massive on the palate, with lofty tannin, but equally high extract, this is a profound Pontet-Canet that may turn out to be even more classic and longer-lived than the 1995 and 1994. Terrific stuff! Anticipated maturity: 2006-2035. The extraordinary effort that Alfred Tesseron is making at this property is reconfirmed with each new tasting note I write on Pontet-Canet. Having recently had the exceptionally impressive 1994 in several tastings, it is a pleasure to see this historic estate turning out wines that behave like super seconds rather than fifth-growths.

  • Robert Parker, April 1999, Score: 92

    I was shocked by how backward the 1996 Pontet-Canet was on the three occasions I tasted it in January. This wine possesses superb potential, but it appears a decade's worth of patience will be necessary. The color is a saturated dark purple. With coaxing, the wine offers aromas of black currant jam intertwined with minerals, sweet oak, and spice. A full-bodied wine, it possesses layered, concentrated, sweet fruit, with an elevated level of ripe tannin. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2035.

  • Clive Coates, June 2001, Score: 16.5/20

    Full colour. Medium-full weight on the nose.Lovely fruit. Slightly looser-knit than someof the other top wines but rich and plump.Ripe and succulent. Very good tannins.Medium-full body. Balanced, long andelegant. Very good plus. Drink 2006-2026

Producer

Château Pontet-Canet

This star has been rising since 1994 when Alfred Tesseron began practicing Draconian-like measuresto extract the most potential from his top Pauillac property. Some of the advances include debudding, de-leafing and severe crop thinning. Unlike many advanced Bordeaux cellars, their vinification vats are not set on "auto pilot" but are manually and meticulously controlled. They understand the needs of each vintage vary and re...Read more

This star has been rising since 1994 when Alfred Tesseron began practicing Draconian-like measuresto extract the most potential from his top Pauillac property. Some of the advances include debudding, de-leafing and severe crop thinning. Unlike many advanced Bordeaux cellars, their vinification vats are not set on "auto pilot" but are manually and meticulously controlled. They understand the needs of each vintage vary and respond accordingly.Read less

Region

Pauillac

Due south of St Estèphe lies the appellation of Pauillac, the king of Left Bank communes. It is home to three first growths as well as a plethora of other classified growths. Pauillac's renowned well-draining, gravelly soils enable its dominant grape Cabernet Sauvignon to reach fantastic heights of complexity and concentration. As a result, Pauilac's wines tend to be full-bodied with compact tannins and good freshness. Its aromatics are often what one associates with classic Bordeaux: pencil shavings, black currant and occasional mint. Some of the most famous châteaux of the commune are Latour, Mouton Rothschild, Lafite Rothschild, Pichon Baron, Pichon Lalande and Lynch Bages.