2020 Pontet-Canet Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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JS 98 WA 98 DC 97 JA 97 JD 97 WE 97 VN 95
JS 98

jamessuckling.com, January 2023

Aromas of blackcurrants and black cherries with hints of crushed walnuts, grilled thyme, cocoa powder and graphite. It’s full-bodied with layers of ultra-fine, silky tannins that elegantly coat your palate, allowing the...
WA 98

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, May 2021

(96-98+ points) The 2020 Pontet-Canet is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, aging in 50% new French oak barriques, 35% concrete amphorae and 15% in one-year-old barrels...
DC 97

Decanter, January 2023

Dark chocolate, bramble tones, not overly floral or fruity with some cedar and cinnamon notes. Lovely high acidity straight away, forward, bright and energetic with lovely crunchy blue fruit on the palate but creamy...
JA 97

janeanson.com, November 2022

A powerful character to this wine, touch of oyster shell, soy, salinity, but also creamy with energy, lift and precision, and a violet character that you find increasingly in Pontet Canet. Plenty of Pauillac signature in...
JD 97

jebdunnuck.com, March 2023

(97+ points) The flagship from this estate, the 2020 Château Pontet-Canet is a beauty based on 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, and 4% each of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, brought up in 50% new oak, with 35% in...
WE 97

Wine Enthusiast, April 2023

The magnificent structure and balance of this wine are powerful. It shows poise between the black fruits and the freshness of the vintage, while the texture is almost velvet. The wine is juicy and seriously structured at...
VN 95

Vinous, February 2023

(95+ points) The 2020 Pontet-Canet is a potent, brooding wine that really seems to reflect the richness of the year in its flavor profile and overall feel. Today, the 2020 is quite dark and somber, although aeration...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 2020
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 2020 Pontet-Canet, a Bordeaux Blend from the prestigious Pauillac region in France. This exquisite red wine showcases the expertise and craftsmanship of the renowned producer, Pontet-Canet. With a deep, inviting red color, this wine is a true embodiment of elegance and sophistication.

On the nose, the 2020 Pontet-Canet reveals a captivating bouquet of blackcurrants and black cherries, accompanied by subtle hints of crushed walnuts, grilled thyme, cocoa powder, and graphite. These aromas intertwine harmoniously, creating an alluring sensory experience.

As you take your first sip, you will be greeted by a full-bodied wine that coats your palate with layers of ultra-fine, silky tannins. The juicy and vibrant fruit flavors take center stage, shining through with remarkable purity. This wine is both delicate and powerful, with an energy that is bound to captivate your senses.

The 2020 Pontet-Canet is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petit Verdot. It has been aged in a combination of 50% new oak barrels, 35% concrete amphorae, and 15% one-year-old barrels, adding complexity and depth to the wine.

Renowned wine critics have praised this vintage, with James Suckling awarding it an impressive score of 98 points. He describes the wine as "delicate and pristine, yet compact with lots of energy and power." Robert Parker's Wine Advocate also awarded it 98 points, highlighting its exceptional blend and aging potential.

Decanter praised the wine for its high acidity, forward and bright character, and creamy textured tannins. Wine Enthusiast noted the magnificent structure and balance, describing the texture as almost velvet.

With its seductive charm and impressive structure, the 2020 Pontet-Canet is a wine that demands attention. While it can be enjoyed now, its true potential will unfold after 2027. This is a wine that will only improve with age, making it a valuable addition to any cellar.

Indulge in the greatness of the 2020 Pontet-Canet and experience the timeless allure of Bordeaux.