Chateau Pontet Canet Pauillac 2005 750ml
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Chateau Pontet Canet Pauillac 2005

  • wa97+
  • ws96
  • st95
  • we93

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The 2005 vintage will be remembered above all for the great drought. During the vines' growth cycle total rainfall was barely over half of what we usually get! What's more, this lack of rain came after a number of already dry years. Spring was not excessively hot until mid-May. Because of this, the vines grew fairly slowly. Flowering, which occurred at the end of this month, suggested that harvesting would be around 25th September. The dry, sunny conditions in summer confirmed that harvesting be around that date. It wasn't the few showers in September which changed the start date and the harvesting schedule based on our tasting of the grapes. Our decision was mainly taken on the basis of changes to the quality of the tannins and aromas in the fruit. Harvesting started on 26th September for the Merlots with a single team of pickers who were able to gather the grapes once they reached peak ripeness in the different terroirs. The Cabernets were harvested from 3rd October with the help of160 outside pickers. Then, as we were sure that our last plots were in good health, we decided to finish off with a single team from 6th October. We ended harvesting on 10th October amid general optimism.
Wine Advocate
  • wa97+

Possibly the youngest wine of all the 2005 Médocs in terms of its evolution, at age 10 the inky purple 2005 Pontet-Canet tastes more like a two-year-old wine. Loads of pure blueberry, blackberry and cassis fruit are present along with a hint of licorice and background oak. It is full-bodied, ripe, and excruciatingly fresh, vigorous and exuberant. This is a tour de force, and a sensational effort that rivals the first growths. Give it another 5-10 years of cellaring, and drink it over the following 30-40 years.

April 2008
Wine Spectator
  • ws96

Black in color, with aromas of blackberry, black licorice, tar, mineral and fresh flowers. Full-bodied and powerful, with ultrafine tannins that last for minutes on the palate. A polished, though-provoking wine. Shows wonderful purity of Cabernet Sauvignon. Best after 2014. 20,830 cases made.

March 31, 2008
International Wine Cellar
  • st95

($120-$190) Good full ruby-red. Complex, enticing aromas of black raspberry, licorice, minerals, bitter chocolate, lead pencil and pungent cedar; just this side of exotic. Wonderfully silky, sweet and thick, with a powerful minerality framing the currant, graphite and spice flavors. This boasts superb inner-mouth energy and great length, with the full, ripe tannins totally enrobed by the wine's mid-palate richness. (My sample of the 2006 was old and tired, so I'll wait until next year to report on the finished wine; this was a star in the early going.)

May 2008
Wine Enthusiast
  • we93

92-94 Barrel sample. A beautiful, aromatic, minty wine that has dusty, warm tannins, still within the Bordeaux structure. It's very dry, but the fruit is already enjoyable. This is going to be a delicious wine.

June 20, 2006

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