2023 Pontet-Canet Bordeaux Blend

Bordeaux Blend - 750ML
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JA 100 TWI 99 JS 98 WA 98 DC 97 JD 97 JL 97 VN 97
JA 100

janeanson.com, April 2024

(JA 98-100 points) A wine to convince you of the quality and ripeness of Cabernet Sauvignon in Pauillac in this 2023 vintage, showcasing superbly supple tannins, great balance, depth and savoury blue and black fruit...
TWI 99

The Wine Independent, April 2024

(TWI 97-99 points) The 2023 Pontet-Canet is deep garnet-purple in color. Notes of juicy blueberries, black cherries, and blackcurrant jelly spill from the glass, giving way to nuances of violets, black truffle, fertile...
JS 98

jamessuckling.com, April 2024

(JS 97-98 points) A very structured Pontet-Canet that expands in the mouth with a gorgeous combination of beautifully ripe fruit and intense tannins. Very structured for the vintage. Full-bodied with excellent presence...
WA 98

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2024

(WA 96-98 points) With the 2023 vintage, this estate has crafted a wine of unprecedented aromatic intensity and precision that marks a significant evolution. Revealing an elegant, fresh bouquet of mulberries and cassis...
DC 97

Decanter, April 2024

The longest harvest ever at this estate, and it paid off magnificently: lovely red berry and mint freshness, the Cabernet Franc coming to the fore. On the palate, it shows freshness and gorgeous wet stone salinity that...
JD 97

jebdunnuck.com, May 2024

(JD 95-97 points) Blue fruits, sappy herbs, flowers, and subtle graphite notes all emerge from the 2023 Château Pontet-Canet, a medium to full-bodied, concentrated Pauillac that has plenty of mid-palate flesh and...
JL 97

TheWineCellarInsider.com, April 2024

(JL 95-97 points) Flowers, cedar, tobacco leaf, black with red currants, and a hint of smoke create the perfume. The palate is full-bodied, ripe, round, and loaded with sweet, fresh, elegant, juicy, pure, black cherries...
VN 97

Vinous, April 2024

(94-97 points) The 2023 Pontet-Canet is a powerful, impressively constituted wine. Dark, vibrant and sensual in the glass, the 2023 is somber and mysterious in bearing. Black plum, gravel, lavender, graphite and licorice...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Bordeaux Blend
Country France
Region Bordeaux
Sub-region Pauillac
Vintage 2023
Size 750ML
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.

The 2023 Pontet-Canet, a majestic Bordeaux blend from the celebrated wine region of Pauillac, France, is a testament to the artistry and craftsmanship of its esteemed producer, Pontet-Canet. This red wine, cloaked in a rich, deep garnet-purple hue, marries strength with elegance, showcasing the characteristic complexity of this revered varietal.

The intoxicating bouquet of this wine is a symphony of luscious dark fruit notes, with juicy blueberries, black cherries, and blackcurrant jelly taking the forefront. These succulent aromas are accented by delicate hints of violets, black truffle, fertile loam, and mossy tree bark, with an unexpected whisper of cardamom adding an intriguing dimension to the overall olfactory experience.

Upon the palate, the 2023 Pontet-Canet reveals a medium-bodied, silky texture that is both elegant and refined. The layers of perfumed black and blue fruit are underscored by a beautiful tension, culminating in a lingering finish marked by shimmery mineral and floral nuances. This wine's blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot has been matured in a combination of 50% new oak barrels, 35% amphorae, and 15% once-used barrels, resulting in a wine that is harmonious and balanced.

The remarkable structure of this wine, as noted by revered critics such as James Suckling and Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, is a testament to the meticulous and daring harvest decisions of the vintner. The Merlot was harvested earlier to highlight fresh, fruity notes, while the Cabernet Sauvignon harvest was delayed until after September 28 to refine the tannins. This daring approach has resulted in a wine of unprecedented aromatic intensity and precision, marking a significant evolution in the winemaking process at Pontet-Canet.

The 2023 Pontet-Canet is undoubtedly a collector's gem, with its compelling complexity, impressive structure, and exquisite balance promising a wine that will continue to evolve and captivate for many years to come.