2015 - Ch Pontet Canet 5ème Cru Pauillac
Colour
Red
Producer
Château Pontet-Canet
Region
Pauillac
Grape
Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ Petit Verdot
Drinking
2022 - 2040
Case size
12x75cl

2015 CH PONTET CANET 5ÈME CRU PAUILLAC - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
Château Pontet-Canet
Region
Pauillac
Grape
Cab. Sauvignon/ Merlot/ Cab. Franc/ Petit Verdot
Drinking
2022 - 2040
Case size
12x75cl

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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, April 2016,
    Score: 91-93

    Dense dark opaque colour. Strikingly clear crisp dark currant flavours. This is a firm and intense style, with a steely tannic structure, with brooding savoury flavours and noticeable freshness on the finish.

  • NM1

    Neal Martin, July 2019,
    Score: 93

    The 2015 Pontet Canet is endowed with impressive lift and delineation on the nose of blackberry, graphite and tobacco – classic Pauillac all the way through. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannin and slightly herbal in style. The graphite-infused finish is missing a little depth and grip (like some other 2015 Pauillacs), though it seems to develop with aeration. I suspect that the 2016 will be superior. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.

  • NM

    Neal Martin, April 2016,
    Score: 94-96

    The 2015 Pontet Canet was tasted on two occasions around two weeks apart and I noticed a superior showing the second time around. This year is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot that was picked from 18 September apropos the Merlot and from 28 September for the Cabernet, finishing on 3 October. It is matured in 50% new oak, 35% concrete and 15% one-year-old barrels. It has a pure and perfumed bouquet with small dark cherries, red plum and subtle violet scents, perhaps a little Margaux-like in style, the second showing demonstrating a little more red fruit character. The palate is medium-bodied with a slightly grainy texture on the entry. There is nicely judged acidity here, moderate depth, very supple tannin that lend this a silky texture. There is modest weight towards the second half, perhaps spicier than some of its Pauillac peers with an edgy, lightly peppered finish. It is an intriguing and complex, almost mercurial Pontet-Canet, a wine that I suspect will gain more weight during its élevage. Afford this 5-8 years in bottle and you should have a delicious, intellectual Pontet-Canet on your hands.

  • AG

    Antonio Galloni, April 2016,
    Score: 95-98

    One of the wines of the vintage, the 2015 Pontet-Canet oozes class, finesse and pure pedigree. A hypothetical combination of the 2010 (for its dark fruit and tannic structure) and the 2009 (for its voluptuous fruit), the 2015 offers remarkable intensity, power and grace. A host of exotic floral and spice notes wrap around the dark, racy finish. In a word: magnificent! The 2015 is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot, aged 50% in new oak, 35% in terra cotta amphora and 15% in one year-old barrels.

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, Feb 2018,
    Score: 96+/100

    A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, 50% of the 2015 Pontet-Canet was aged in new French oak, while 15% was matured in second fill barrels and 35% in cement amphorae. Deep garnet-purple in color, the nose opens with exuberant black currants, red currants and black raspberries scents plus an evocative undercurrent of cedar chest, dusty earth, cloves, chocolate box and Provence herbs with a fragrant waft of lavender. Medium to full-bodied and built like a brick house with very firm, wonderfully grainy tannins and black and red fruits charged with the most singular energy, it finishes with incredible persistence and depth. Lisa Perrotti Brown Score 96+/100 Drink Dates 2024 -2045

  • RP1

    Robert Parker, Feb 2018,
    Score: 96+/100

    A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, 50% of the 2015 Pontet-Canet was aged in new French oak, while 15% was matured in second fill barrels and 35% in cement amphorae. Deep garnet-purple in color, the nose opens with exuberant black currants, red currants and black raspberries scents plus an evocative undercurrent of cedar chest, dusty earth, cloves, chocolate box and Provence herbs with a fragrant waft of lavender. Medium to full-bodied and built like a brick house with very firm, wonderfully grainy tannins and black and red fruits charged with the most singular energy, it finishes with incredible persistence and depth. Lisa Perrotti Brown Score 96+/100 Drink Dates 2024 -2045

  • JS

    James Suckling, April 2016,
    Score: 97-98

    This is very fine and silky with a beautiful vivid blackberry and blueberry character. Super polished tannins. Refined and very, very long. Fabulous harmony to this young wine. Very classic Bordeaux. Superb depth and length. Real Bordeaux.

  • DC

    Decanter, April 2016,
    Score: 96

    Deep, velvety texture on the palate and wild flowers on the nose; unctuous yet firm with pristine clarity. A great wine by any standards – and the standards of Alfred Tesseron for his biodynamic vineyards and amphora-matured wine are magnificently evident.

  • MJ

    Matthew Jukes, April 2016,
    Score: 19+

    (65 Cabernet Sauvignon, 30 Merlot, 3 Cabernet Franc, 2 Petit Verdot) | 13.5% alc. | 33hl/ha - and this is the average over the last ten years, too, and there is no green harvest here either - making it possibly unique in Bordeaux. This is a dark and intense Pontet-Canet with brooding power on the nose and exceptional intensity. There was very little second label made and so the cépage reflects basically the balance of vines planted on the property. 95% of the wine made here with Pontet-Canet on the label is Grand Vin and this is remarkable. The energy and vitality is sensational in this imposing wine and there is already immediate harmony in this blend. The power and innate resonance here is to be admired. The silkiness and texture here is unlike other wines with superb harmony which makes it all the more fascinat¬ing because of the counterpoint between the darker hue in the centre and its bright red rim. It opened up beautifully in the glass and showed spectacular grainy tannins marked by spicy oak. The spice must come from the hot period in the summer and I noticed this in increasing numbers to top wines as my tour progressed. This is also a very long wine on the finish.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, April 2016,
    Score: 17

    50% new oak. 35% amphora. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3%Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. Picked relatively early, 18 September to 3 October, because they ripen earlier. Dark purplish crimson. Very ripe start and then rather drying tannins on the end. Wild and lively but a little bit heavy. I'm looking for a little more freshness. There's austerity but I'm not sure it compensates for the lack of acidity. Racy. Savoury. Salty finish. Good lift. Distinctive. 13.5% Drink 2025-2040

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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.