2010 Pontet-Canet Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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JS 100 JS 100 JS 100 WA 100 JA 98 JD 98 JL 98 WE 98 DC 97 WS 97 WS 97 WS 97 NM 94 NM 94 JR 93
JS 100

jamessuckling.com, February 2013

The aromas to this are incredible with blueberry, minerals, dried flowers, and stones. It goes to dried meat and spices. Full body and incredibly integrated with blackberry, licorice, and minerals. There's a wonderful...
JS 100

jamessuckling.com, February 2013

The aromas to this are incredible with blueberry, minerals, dried flowers, and stones. It goes to dried meat and spices. Full body and incredibly integrated with blackberry, licorice, and minerals. There's a wonderful...
JS 100

jamessuckling.com, November 2013

The aromas to this are incredible with blueberry, minerals, dried flowers, and stones. It goes to dried meat and spices. Full body and incredibly integrated with blackberry, licorice, and minerals. There's a wonderful...
WA 100

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2020

The 2010 Pontet-Canet offers a very deep garnet color. Whoa—the nose explodes with a vast array of black fruit preserves and savory nuances: plum preserves, blackcurrant cordial, black cherry coulis and licorice with...
JA 98

janeanson.com, September 2021

Deep plum in colour at 11 years old, barely budging through the mid palate. A vintage that rivals the best ever in Bordeaux, this is richly layered with sweet liqourice, eucalyptus, cigar box, blackberry and cassis, with...
JD 98

jebdunnuck.com, October 2018

98+ The 2010 Pontet-Canet lags behind the 2009, but these two vintages can be hard to compare due the drastically different styles. Where the 2009 is broad, expansive, and showy, the 2010 starts our more reserved and...
JL 98

TheWineCellarInsider.com, August 2015

So young, but there is so much potential for greatness, you'd have to be blind to miss it! Layer after layer of rich, deep, ripe, plush, round, polished fruits, perfectly ripe tannins and a finish that does not want to...
WE 98

Wine Enthusiast, May 2013

Dense, yes, but this is also a handsome wine that balances complex tannins with pure black currant fruits that shine. This biodynamic wine has a generous, full and rich feel, ripe with just a touch of restraint. The...
DC 97

Decanter, September 2021

Gorgeous bright and juicy cherry and cassis, pencil lead and floral aromas seduce you. The palate is lClass in glass. Deep ruby, youthful tone. Such sumptuous red berry, cassis and tobacco aromas. Juicy and full bodied...
WS 97

Wine Spectator, March 2013

This is big, broad and powerfully rendered, but remarkably polished and refined at the same time. An enormous core of roasted fig, blackberry and black currant fruit is suavely wrapped with roasted apple wood and...
WS 97

Wine Spectator, March 2013

This is big, broad and powerfully rendered, but remarkably polished and refined at the same time. An enormous core of roasted fig, blackberry and black currant fruit is suavely wrapped with roasted apple wood and...
WS 97

Wine Spectator, March 2013

This is big, broad and powerfully rendered, but remarkably polished and refined at the same time. An enormous core of roasted fig, blackberry and black currant fruit is suavely wrapped with roasted apple wood and...
NM 94

Neal Martin's Wine Journal, March 2014

Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. The Chateau Pontet-Canet is a very interesting wine to taste blind. For a start, the untrammelled ripeness and precocity is clearly evident on the nose, so much so that...
NM 94

Neal Martin's Wine Journal, March 2014

Tasted blind at the Southwold Bordeaux 2010 tasting. The Chateau Pontet-Canet is a very interesting wine to taste blind. For a start, the untrammelled ripeness and precocity is clearly evident on the nose, so much so that...
JR 93

Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages, November 2014

(18/20) Delicious milk chocolate, raspberry, blackcurrant and peppery spice. Actually bears a resemblance to top class Syrah. Opulent, expressive, scented, aromatic and rich – but all within a classic claret structure. (RH)

WINE DETAILS

Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 2010
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 14.5%
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.