2008 Pontet-Canet Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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JD 96 JL 96 WA 96 DC 95 WE 95 JS 94 JA 94 NM 93 WS 92
JD 96

jebdunnuck.com, February 2019

Unquestionably one of the gems in the vintage is the 2008 Pontet-Canet, which reminds me of the 2005 with its concentrated, deep, powerful style. Beautiful dark fruits, graphite, obvious minerality, and classic Pauillac...
JL 96

TheWineCellarInsider.com, September 2018

Rich, full-bodied, deep, intense and loaded to the brim with crème de cassis, tobacco, smoke, wet forest floor and cherry pipe tobacco elements, the wine is mouth-filling, tannic, long, deep and complex. Everything about...
WA 96

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...
DC 95

Decanter, January 2018

Oh, I love this! This is Pauillac distilled, flirting on the edge of ripeness with brambly cassis and dark chocolate. This is just the right mix of open and closed for me, layered and confident but not overdone. It has...
WE 95

Wine Enthusiast, April 2011

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.
JS 94

jamessuckling.com, June 2016

The minerality and floral character to this is really impressive with lots of bark, currant and dried rose character. Full body, chewy yet polished tannins and a mouthwatering finish. Made from biodynamcially grown...
JA 94

janeanson.com, September 2021

Tasted at the estate a few months ago (blind against the five 1855 First Growths, where it more than held its own), and again at home within the same week as this vertical. A great vintage to look out for, with brushed...
NM 93

Neal Martin's Wine Journal, March 2012

Tasted ex-chateau and single blind in Southwold. The Pontet-Canet 2008 has a lovely, extravagant bouquet with scents of blackberry, macerated dark cherries, graphite and sous-bois. It is very well defined. The palate is...
WS 92

Wine Spectator, April 2011

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...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 2008
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13%
Closure Cork

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%).

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.

Introducing the 2008 Pontet-Canet, a Bordeaux Blend from the prestigious Pauillac region in Bordeaux, France. This wine exudes elegance and sophistication, showcasing the true essence of its terroir. With its deep ruby-red color and a cork closure, it is a testament to the traditional winemaking techniques employed by the renowned producer, Pontet-Canet.

Upon first glance, the 2008 Pontet-Canet captivates with its inviting aromas. The nose is a symphony of black cherry, lavender potpourri, spices, and graphite minerality. This aromatic profile is high-toned and slightly liqueur-like, adding an extra layer of complexity to the wine.

On the palate, this Bordeaux Blend reveals its true character. It is dense, seamless, and vibrant, with firm acidity providing outstanding energy to the dark fruit, floral, and mineral flavors. The wine truly spreads out on the back end, delivering a long-lasting and memorable finish. Its brilliance lies in its impeccable delineation, complexity, and superb cut and penetration.

Several esteemed wine critics have praised the 2008 Pontet-Canet. Vinous awarded it an impressive score of 94 points, describing it as a brilliantly delineated and complex wine with outstanding energy. James Suckling also awarded it 94 points, applauding its minerality, floral character, and mouthwatering finish. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate went even further, awarding it a staggering 96 points and hailing it as a candidate for the "wine of the vintage." They highlighted its fabulous richness, texture, and tremendous freshness.

The 2008 Pontet-Canet is a wine that showcases the finesse and potential of Bordeaux. While it is already enjoyable, it has the potential for further development with 5-8 years of cellaring. It can be savored over the next three decades, evolving and enchanting with each passing year.

In conclusion, the 2008 Pontet-Canet is a wine that embodies the artistry of winemaking. It is a testament to the dedication and passion of Pontet-Canet, a producer known for their commitment to quality. With its exceptional structure, complexity, and longevity, this Bordeaux Blend is truly a gem in the world of wine. Experience the allure of Pauillac with the 2008 Pontet-Canet, a wine that will transport you to the enchanting vineyards of Bordeaux.