Château Pontet-Canet, 2009

Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

Château Pontet-Canet, 2009

Pauillac, Bordeaux, France



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Grape Varietes: Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Merlot 33%, Cabernet Franc 5%, Petit Verdot 2% Wine Style: Sophisticated Spicy Reds Winemaker: Jean-Michel Comme Optimum Drinking: 2025-2075 Reviewer Rating: 100 Reviewer: Robert Parker Code: 102184 Alcohol: 13%
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Château Pontet-Canet 2009 scored a perfect 100 points from Robert Parker.

Pontet-Canet is a fifth growth on paper, yet not in reality, and produces classic left bank Bordeaux of quality well above its 5th growth status in the Bordeaux classification.

2009 was one of the greatest ever Bordeaux vintages in the Médoc. The 2009 growing season saw relatively benign weather conditions, and consequently individual terroirs (the unique characters of vineyard sites) shone through rather than, say, a particularly hot year determining the style of wines. As a result, many châteaux took full advantage of the opportunity to let their own style shine through their wines.


“An amazing wine in every sense, this classic, full-bodied Pauillac is the quintessential Pontet Canet from proprietor Alfred Tesseron, who continues to reduce yields and farms his vineyards biodynamically – a rarity in Bordeaux. Black as a moonless night, the 2009 Pontet Canet offers up notes of incense, graphite, smoke, licorice, creme de cassis and blackberries. A wine of irrefutable purity, laser-like precision, colossal weight and richness, and sensational freshness, this is a tour de force in winemaking that is capable of lasting 50 or more years. The tannins are elevated, but they are sweet and beautifully integrated as are the acidity, wood and alcohol (which must be in excess of 14%). This vineyard, which is situated on the high plateau of Pauillac adjacent to Mouton Rothschild, appears to have done everything perfectly in 2009. This cuvee should shut down in the cellar and re-open in a decade or more.” Robert Parker

"This is amazingly expressive now considering how huge it is, with stunning espresso and warm fig confiture aromas followed by lush layer after layer of blackberry paste, cassis and plum sauce. A terrific loam underpinning strides in on the finish, which is weighty but sports serious cut. Equal parts fruit and earth." Wine Spectator