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    2 570
  • Producer ranking ?

    14
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Beef

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The Story

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. The château team is conscious of the fact that they are following in the footsteps of more than three centuries of tradition, with each period contributing its technical innovations in the interest of quality and in order faithfully to reflect the terroir. Château Pontet-Canet and the estate's second wine, Hauts de Pontet-Canet, are sold exclusively via the Bordeaux wine trade.

 

Of the 120 hectares (300 acres) estate of Pontet-Canet located in the northern end of the Pauillac commune, across the road from first growth Château Mouton Rothschild, 80 ha (200 acres) are under vine.[2] The soil composition is mainly gravel over a subsoil of clay and limestone. The grape variety distribution is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc.[2] Vines average 35 years of age.

Pontet-Canet has one of the largest productions of any classified growth in the Medoc with a production of nearly 20,000 cases of its grand-vin, and another 20,000 cases of its second wine, Les Hauts de Pontet. Harvesting is done by hand, and after sorting the grapes are moved into the estate's gravity-feed cellars for crushing. Fermentation takes place in a mixture of concrete and stainless steel vats. Wines are aged for 16-20 months in up to 60% new oak barrels before fining with egg whites and bottling.

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After a halfhearted early summer, which was followed by a particularly hot and dry August, allowed us, once more, to confirm the age-old proverb; “That the must is made in August”. The dry weather which continued until the 10th of October, allowed us to achieve grapes of an exceptional level of maturity.

 

Harvest : 21st of September to 10th of October 
Alcohol by vol : 13°
Grape varieties : 66% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc

Château Pontet-Canet 2000 - Tasting Notes :

Very intense colour. In the nose, good balance between the fruit (blackberry, strawberry) and the wood (liquorice, grilled note).
In the mouth, the attack is rich but very soft. The wine is characterised by a very good length with an imposing structure composed of soft tannins The finale, which is not aggressive, is very long.

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Vintage 2000

BORDEAUX 2000 – A  DREAM VINTAGE

Weather conditions / Vintage 2000 has from the very start been proclaimed as one of the best vintages of modern times. In spring 2003, I've had many opportunities to find out, if we really have a true dream vintage in our hands.

During harvest 2000, while doing "personal inspection" in the vineyards, I noticed that something extraordinary big was on its way. Grapes looked extremely healthy.

While sorting table was rolling, I observed, that there were few leaves, stalks and weeds among the grapes. That's why sorting out grapes went so easy and quick. It must be one of hallmarks of 2000 vintage, because normally even the great vintages require a lot of work at sorting table.

 

2000 vintage is classic, extravagant and extremely long-lived Bordeaux with dark, extremely dense wines, which have enormous concentration of fruit, length and superbly concentrated tannin. The tannin is not allowed to dominate, because it's well wrapped up by fruit. A scent of sub-maturity is only present in few wines. One of this vintage's trademarks is an intense and deep aroma of dark berries, like blueberries, blackberries and black cherries.

All red grape varieties reached perfect maturity, including Bordeaux' most capricious and unruly grape variety, Petit Verdot. Petit Verdot gives the much meeded contribution of backbone and power to the wines.

Also the grapes for whites, like Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Muscadelle, did ripe perfectly and produced tremendously fine dry white wines. Sweet white wines turned unfortunately to be a few light, elegant and charming wines, which were based 100% on September pickings. Beginning on the 11th October, it rained heavily in Bordeaux and it continued until the end of the year.

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(Magnum) Ruby, paprika, cassis, lovely nose, way more youthful than in regular bottle. Fresh acidity, ripe and elegant tannins, long length. 93

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Pontet-Canet 2000 Open though youthful nose, very dark with leather, cassis, plums, oak, spice notes, Tahiti vanilla and warm gravel. Full bodied and concentrated with dark flavor profile of cassis, blueberries and plums, leather, graphite, pencil shavings and vanilla. Long finish with moderate acidity and small but persistent tannins. Ends on a leathery note. Quite heavy but still young and needs time and plenty of time in the decanter today. Will probably evolve into something more than it is today. Drink 2015-2030 92p.
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Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Outstanding

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None

Glass time

2h

Drinking temperature

16

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