2013 Pontet-Canet Bordeaux Blend
Bordeaux Blend - 3L
  • WE 95
  • JS 93
  • WA 92
  • IWC 90

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Reg: $429.00

$375.00

In Stock: 1 btls
Ships Inmediately

Pre-Arrival: 0 btls
ETA: Pending

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WE 95
Wine Enthusiast - Wine Enthusiast, March 2016
This wine is so rich, with generous black plum and berry fruits. It has a structure that is full, ripe and that will sustain the fruitiness of the wine over many years. The sensation is of velvet, with some force... This wine is so rich, with generous black plum and berry fruits. It has a structure that is full, ripe and that will sustain the fruitiness of the wine over many years. The sensation is of velvet, with some force behind it. This remarkable wine will develop well, over the medium-term and then age for many years. Drink from 2022. — R.V.
JS 93
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, February 2016
You really want to drink this the minute you taste it with chocolate, walnut and cedar aromas and flavors. Full to medium body, very refined and flavorful. Seamless structure. Stone, currant leaf and tobacco. Why wait?
WA 92
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, August 2014
A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, this biodynamically farmed vineyard (a rarity, but increasing in the Bordeaux viticulture), had tiny yields of 15 hectoliters per... A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, this biodynamically farmed vineyard (a rarity, but increasing in the Bordeaux viticulture), had tiny yields of 15 hectoliters per hectare. This doesn’t translate into super concentration, but this is certainly an outstanding effort in an extremely difficult vintage. The wine has a dense purple color, and classic creme de cassis, licorice and mocha and espresso roast notes that Pontet-Canet has displayed recently. The wine is medium-bodied, possesses excellent purity, equilibrium and sweet, but noticeable tannin. This is by no means at the level of the great vintages that have been so common of late from this incredible property on the Plateau of Pauillac across from Mouton Rothschild, but it’s certainly one of the vintage’s more noteworthy efforts. Give it 2-3 years of bottle age and drink it over the following 15 or so years. - Robert M. Parker, Jr. (WA92-90)
IWC 90
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, June 2014
Deep ruby. Very aromatic nose of dark plum, blackcurrant jelly and violet. Sweet and supple in the mouth, with lively floral flavors of dark fruits and allspice. Finishes persistent and pure, with smooth tannins, but... Deep ruby. Very aromatic nose of dark plum, blackcurrant jelly and violet. Sweet and supple in the mouth, with lively floral flavors of dark fruits and allspice. Finishes persistent and pure, with smooth tannins, but just a little too diffuse for a higher score. Not an especially concentrated Pontet-Canet but has plenty of fruity charm. Production was 50% lower than usual at Pontet-Canet in 2013, and no second wine was made. Alfred Tesseron doesn't believe a second wine is necessary "if an estate works well during the course of the year, all the wine it makes should reflect this, so our goal ideally is not to have a second wine." (ST90-87)
Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 2013

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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%).