2008 Pontet-Canet Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 6L

  • WA 96
  • WE 95
  • IWC 94
  • JS 93
  • WS 92

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WA 96
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2011
A candidate for the "wine of the vintage" Pontet Canet's 2008 boasts an opaque purple color as well as copious aromas of sweet blueberries blackberries and black currant fruit intertwined with lead pencil shavings subtle... A candidate for the "wine of the vintage" Pontet Canet's 2008 boasts an opaque purple color as well as copious aromas of sweet blueberries blackberries and black currant fruit intertwined with lead pencil shavings subtle barbecue smoke and a hint of forest floor. Full-bodied with fabulous richness texture and tremendous freshness this first-growth-like effort is more developed than the uber-powerful 2010. Give it 5-8 years of cellaring and drink it over the following three decades. Bravo!
WE 95
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, April 2011
<strong> #77 on Top Cellar Selections of 2011</strong>; Smooth with dense tannins hidden behind the ripe pure fruit this important wine shows class and an impeccable balance of fruit and tannin. Rich as well... <strong> #77 on Top Cellar Selections of 2011</strong>; Smooth with dense tannins hidden behind the ripe pure fruit this important wine shows class and an impeccable balance of fruit and tannin. Rich as well as structured this is a beautiful wine. R.V.
IWC 94
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, August 2011
Deep ruby-red. Knockout nose combines black cherry lavender potpourri spices and graphite minerality; high-toned and slightly liqueur-like. Then dense seamless and vibrant in the mouth with firm acidity giving... Deep ruby-red. Knockout nose combines black cherry lavender potpourri spices and graphite minerality; high-toned and slightly liqueur-like. Then dense seamless and vibrant in the mouth with firm acidity giving outstanding energy to the dark fruit floral and mineral flavors. Really spreads out on the back end and stays a while. Brilliantly delineated complex wine with superb cut and penetration.
JS 93
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, December 2010
I love the nose of sweet tobacco currants minerals flowers and stones. Full bodied with dark chocolate flavors silky tannins and beautiful fruit. Long and beautiful with a succulent finish and a great overall balance... I love the nose of sweet tobacco currants minerals flowers and stones. Full bodied with dark chocolate flavors silky tannins and beautiful fruit. Long and beautiful with a succulent finish and a great overall balance. Best in three or four years
WS 92
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, December 2010
Quite dense but pure and fresh with the core of fig damson plum and mulled cherry fruit already well-defined and the back end of rounded loam and roasted cedar grip fully integrated. The finish is long and powerful. Best... Quite dense but pure and fresh with the core of fig damson plum and mulled cherry fruit already well-defined and the back end of rounded loam and roasted cedar grip fully integrated. The finish is long and powerful. Best from 2013 through 2020.-J.M.
JJB 92
John Perry - JJ Buckley, April 2009
This reveals great purity and freshness from the start. The aromas are exceptionally clean with notes of blackberry earth and rocks. Bold and lush on the palate this has a modern feel in contrast to other wines from the... This reveals great purity and freshness from the start. The aromas are exceptionally clean with notes of blackberry earth and rocks. Bold and lush on the palate this has a modern feel in contrast to other wines from the region. Very enjoyable overall with decent grip and a lengthy finish.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 2008

Label

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%).