1995 Pontet-Canet Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 1.5L

  • WS 94
  • WA 92
  • IWC 90

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WS 94
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, January 2007
Fabulous nose of crushed currants blackberries and forest flowers. Full-bodied with plenty of ripe fruit and silky tannins. This is really holding back.--'95/'96 Bordeaux retrospective. Best after 2010. 23000 cases made. -JS
WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 1998
An old style Pauillac yet made with far more purity and richness than the estate's ancient vintages this broad-shouldered muscular classic wine exhibits a saturated purple color and sensationally dense rich concentrated... An old style Pauillac yet made with far more purity and richness than the estate's ancient vintages this broad-shouldered muscular classic wine exhibits a saturated purple color and sensationally dense rich concentrated cassis flavors that roll over the palate with impressive purity and depth. The wine is tannic and closed but powerful and rich. It appears to possess length and intensity similar to the 1996. This is a great young Pauillac. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2025.
IWC 90
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 1998
Dark ruby-red. Black- and redcurrants and smoke on the nose; less oak-spicy today than the '96. Silky and harmonious but currently rather withdrawn. Not quite as sweet as the '96. Here the substantial toothcoating tannins... Dark ruby-red. Black- and redcurrants and smoke on the nose; less oak-spicy today than the '96. Silky and harmonious but currently rather withdrawn. Not quite as sweet as the '96. Here the substantial toothcoating tannins come across as somewhat tougher but there enough sheer extract for balance. Interestingly this backward rather powerful wine suggests the structure and grip of cabernet while the silkier mouth feel of the '96 suggests a high percentage of merlot. 90(+?) points
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 1995

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Chateau Pontet-Canet is bright and brilliant with full-bodied fruit, yet finesse, in the mouth. It expresses energy, tension and intensity.

The fruit is fermented with native yeast in semi-conical concrete tanks that facilitate punch-downs. The wine then macerates for an additional four weeks before being removed from the pomace for maturation. One-third of the wine is aged in large, concrete amphorae, designed expressly for Pontet-Canet. The rest ages in French oak barrels.

Winery

Pontet-Canet

Chateau Pontet-Canet is a Fifth Growth Bordeaux wine estate owned by the Tesseron family (of Cognac fame) since 1975. The estate is a rarity in the Medoc, having known only three owners over a course of three centuries.

The vineyard spans 81 hectares in Pauillac, atop an outcropping of Garonne gravel over limestone. After a first trial in 2004, which took place on 14 hectares, Pontet-Canet fully converted the estate to biodynamic agriculture. They obtained organic certification from Ecocert, biodynamic certification from Biodyvin in 2010, and from Demeter in 2014.

Alfred Tesseron uses horses to plow the vineyards of Pontet Canet since they are gentler and lighter than tractors. Because the horses never step in the same place twice, the soils are always aerated in different parts, bringing much needed oxygen to the soil.

The vines have an average age of 40 to 45 years. Their varietal plantings are Cabernet Sauvignon (62%), Merlot (32%), Cabernet Franc (4%) and three parcels of Petit Verdot (2%).