2013 - Ch Pontet Canet 5ème Cru Pauillac
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Pontet-Canet
Region
Pauillac
Grape
Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ Petit Verdot
Drinking
2020 - 2034
Case size
12x75cl
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2013 CH PONTET CANET 5ÈME CRU PAUILLAC - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Pontet-Canet
Region
Pauillac
Grape
Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ Petit Verdot
Drinking
2020 - 2034
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £760.00 £847.18(Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2014,
    Score: 88-90

    Light red cherry colour, this has bright currant fruit aromas. On entry in the palate, there are crisp fresh red fruit flavours, with a tort central structure. Firm with medium weight and a hint of Pauillac punch on the end.

  • NM1

    Neal Martin, October 2016,
    Score: 92

    Medium to deep garnet colored, the 2013 Pontet-Canet is evolving into tobacco, new leather and dried mulberries scents with a core of kirsch, baked plums and cigar box plus a waft of Indian spices. Medium-bodied, elegantly styled and wonderfully refreshing in the mouth, it has a solid line of grainy tannins and loads of mineral sparks on the finish 2020-2034

  • NM

    Neal Martin, April 2014,
    Score: 89-91

    In 2013, the Pontet Canet is a blend of around 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. There is about 50% new oak, 35% amphora and 15% in one-year old wood. The nose is quite light for Pontet Canet, the Merlot actually more expressive than the Cabernet Sauvignon at the moment. There is something almost northern Italian about the aromatics, warmth not European but something further south. The palate is medium-bodied with a slightly meaty entry. The tannins are a little coarse at the moment but they will soften with time. There is an attractive spicy tincture here, although there is not a great deal of depth on the finish, which is typically quite linear for the vintage. Again, the clay amphora, do lend this wine something tertiary or at least "of the ground". I do not think this is a long term Château Pontet Canet, but it should drink well over the next 8 to 10 years.

  • RP

    Robert Parker, August 2014,
    Score: 90-92

    A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, this biodynamically farmed vineyard (a rarity, but increasing in the Bordeaux viticulture), had tiny yields of 15 hectoliters per hectare. This doesn’t translate into super concentration, but this is certainly an outstanding effort in an extremely difficult vintage. The wine has a dense purple color, and classic creme de cassis, licorice and mocha and espresso roast notes that Pontet-Canet has displayed recently. The wine is medium-bodied, possesses excellent purity, equilibrium and sweet, but noticeable tannin. This is by no means at the level of the great vintages that have been so common of late from this incredible property on the Plateau of Pauillac across from Mouton Rothschild, but it’s certainly one of the vintage’s more noteworthy efforts. Give it 2-3 years of bottle age and drink it over the following 15 or so years.

  • DC

    Decanter, April 2014,
    Score: 92

    Fine depth and purity of fruit that comes from the inside in a Burgundian manner, beautiful precision, balance and length. Drink: 2017-2030

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, April 2014,
    Score: 18+

    Floral nose with stunning violet notes, beautifully attractive and perfumed. A darker attack than many with buoyant fruit and a nice melodic finish. This is a superbly bright, moderately exotic and sensually textured wine. Only 15hl/ha makes is half of last year’s crop. Behind the delicacy of the nose there is some power all topped off with supple, juicy tannins. Another triumph for this stellar property

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2014,
    Score: 18

    40% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot. 50% new oak. Mushy red fruit that reminds me of great Pinot. Fantastic sweet vanilla oak and really broad, brooding nose. The palate doesn’t quite match the nose for complexity – but that may well come, and the balance is really accomplished – supple tannins, medium body, high, integrated acid. But it’s the nose that really distinguishes this wine. Tremendous. (RH)

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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 respond accordingly.

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.