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    508
  • Producer ranking ?

    8
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

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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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The 2005 vintage will be remembered as the year of the great drought. Flowering took place at the end of May.
The monitoring of the potential degrees became simply anecdotal as the sugar concentrations were worthy to be included in the history of Bordeaux winemaking archives. However the musts were endowed with very good levels of acidity despite the high degrees of alcohol.
Harvesting began on the 26th of September for the Merlots, with just one team of pickers so as to be able the remaining grapes reaches the perfect level of ripeness across the different terroirs.
We began the Cabernets on the 3rd of October with 160 more pickers finishing on the 10th of October with general optimism.
The new small-sized concrete vats were a very valuable help in our even more ambitious selection policy.
The chief characteristic of the 2005 vintage will certainly be the combination of "legendary tannins – high degree in alcohol – good acidity".
For this reason, there have been very few Bordeaux vintages with these characteristics over recent decades, or even throughout the 20th century.
Vintages worthy of comparison are rare. 1945 would appear to be one that comes to mind.

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Vintage 2005

Bordeaux Vintage Report 2005 is a truly fantastic vintage with great quality across the board on both the Left and Right Banks.

The 2005 vintage became the most expected since 2000. The en primeur market was heated, and prices skyrocketed. The cold winter delayed the bud break before the hot ans dunny spring broke up. Even vegetative growth and flowering gave a perfect start to the vintage. The summer turned out to be one of the driest ever which was avoiding disaster since the weather remained reasonably warm not excessively hot as in 2003. The soil is again becoming a decisive quality factor. Gravelly areas, such as Graves, were worst affected once more. In other words, top wines are to be expected.

For short term perspective, in the next couple of years, an excellent amount of mature red Bordeaux wines will be available in the market. The vintages 2004, 2002, 1999, 1994, 1992 and 1988 offer a wide selection of enjoyable wines to be consumed immediately or at most to be stored for a short period.

As investments, the best vintages from the past 35 years are 2003, 1996, 1989, 1986 and 1982. The most certain long-term investments are Latour, La Mission Haut-Brion, Haut-Brion, Le Pin and Pétrus.

In the last 35 years, Bordeaux has undergone a substantial change in winemaking. Modern equipment and developing know-how have guaranteed more even quality. It seems that the next challenge will be handling the extreme climates including slowly global warming, which has already given hints of its effects also in Bordeaux. It is impossible to say how the Bordeaux wines will change in the next 35 years. We can only hope that their most characteristic feature, elegant aristocratic nature highlighted by unique terroir, will never fade away.

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I could not believe what I tasted, when I tried the 2005 Pontet-Canetnext. It tasted like a carbon copy of the Leoville-Barton despite being from a different subregion. The colour was a bit less developed, and the wine a little fresher, but otherwise an identical flavour and structure profile. 

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Consistent notes. Black red. It had lot of new oak and black cherries as well. Was a very powerful wine with stunning balance, multilayered structure and very long aftertaste, which came agonisingly close to 1. Cru quality! Breathtaking! Tasted again in October 2007 at the property (already bottled) and it was even better with fabulous texture, fantastic balance and exceptional richness.

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Pontet Canet 2005 Open, intense, youthful and very sexy nose with pure, sweet cassis fruit wrapped in oak spice, cassis liqueur and gravel dust. Full bodied and very smooth, pure sweet fruit. Decadently rich but still elegant and perfectly structured with wonderful, smooth tannins and superb length. Very young and undeveloped but drinking great already. Drink 2020-2045 95p.
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Origin

Pauillac, Bordeaux

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

No Potential

Fake factory

None

Glass time

2h

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