Chateau Pontet Canet 5eme Grand Cru Classe, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France 2018

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103367

"Full-bodied, wonderfully dense, rich, impossibly layered and very, very decadent, the palate delivers all it promises on the nose, with a firm, wonderfully velvety frame and finishing with epic length, a scintillating wave of freshness and a beguiling perfume. This is one for true hedonists." eRobertParker.com

£120.00
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Grape Blend Cabernet Sauvignon 70%, Merlot 22%, Cabernet Franc 5%, Petit Verdot 3%
Optimum Drinking 2020-2045
Winemaker Jean-Michel Comme
Organic No
Reviewer Score 97-99
Reviewer robertparker.com
SKU 103367

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. While Pontet-Canet's wines are not in the same league as its neighbour Château Mouton Rothschild, they have improved dramatically in the last decade and offer unrivalled Bordeaux value-for-money.

Perhaps a little backward compared with others, but there is no doubting the power and structure of this wine. The fruit of blackcurrant and blackberry was quite creamy, mixed with spice and a hint of salinity in the finish. One to visit in a few years to check on progress, but the track record of vintages this century should give confidence.

"The 2018 Pontet-Canet is a freak of nature. Dark, rich and explosive, the 2018 possesses off the charts richness and concentration, much of it coming from tiny yields of just ten hectoliters per hectare, or one third of a normal crop. The 2018 soars out of the glass with stunning aromatic intensity and depth. Black cherry, gravel, grilled herbs, leather, lavender and menthol stain the palate. Dense and hedonistically ripe, the 2018 is a stunningly beautiful wine. The grapes were crushed by hand. Because of the tiny yields, the entire production was vinified in Pontet-Canet's new smaller concrete vats. All winemaking was done manually, without the aid of external temperature control or electricity." Antonio Galloni

"Very deep purple-black in color, it comes rolling sensuously out of the glass with all the opulence and seduction of Cleopatra on a carpet. It emerges with flamboyant scents of crème de cassis, preserved plums and blueberry compote, and after a few moments, it bursts with nuances of molten licorice, sandalwood, Chinese five spice, candied violets, dark chocolate and dried roses, followed by underlying earthy suggestions of fallen leaves, black truffles, underbrush and wild sage. Full-bodied, wonderfully dense, rich, impossibly layered and very, very decadent, the palate delivers all it promises on the nose, with a firm, wonderfully velvety frame and finishing with epic length, a scintillating wave of freshness and a beguiling perfume. This is one for true hedonists." robertparker.com

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