2010 Chateau – Pontet Canet Pauillac

2010 Chateau – Pontet Canet Pauillac

2 in stock

$556.00

2 in stock 1.33 kg . .

Description

2010 Château Pontet-Canet

Appelation: 5th Growth Pauillac

Age of vines: 30 years old

Vinification: 3-4 weeks fermentation with natural yeasts in wooden (50%), concrete (40%), and stainless-steel (10%) tanks

Elevage: 16 months in oak barrels (60% new oak)

Production: 250,000 bottles

Soil Type: Garonne gravel and limestone bedrock

Cépages: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc 1% Petit Verdot

Website: www.pontet-canet.com

Introduction

In Bordeaux each year is unique, with a character unlike any other. As with every child, a wine has two parents: the father—terroir; and a mother—the vintage. It will have something of each, but the wine will nonetheless be true to itself.
The season began rather late, then unstable weather during flowering gave rise to coulure which reduced the number of grapes produced, especially in the older Merlot parcels. Finally, sun and dry weather arrived and lasted through the harvest—the sign of a great vintage. There has been significant development in the use of horses in the vineyard: we have gone from 7 to 24 hectares that are worked completely tractor-free.
We have pared vinification down to the essentials in acknowledgment that, above all, a great wine is made in the vineyard. This 2010, the product of our commitment to organic and biodynamic vine growing, is certified for both types of viticulture—unique among the Médoc’s Great Classed Growth.

Notes and Reviews

Chateau tasting:

“Purple color, almost black.
The very complex aromas have a vibrant character, dominated by notes of violet, blackberry, red currant and cherry, among others. There’s complete harmony in the mouth, with a straightforward structure and impressive length. It is both dense and etherial.
This is surely the greatest Pontet-Canet in modern times.”

Robert Parker 100:

“…An astounding, compelling wine with the classic Pauillac nose more often associated with its cross-street neighbor, Mouton-Rothschild, creme de cassis, there are also some violets and other assorted floral notes. The wine has off-the-charts massiveness and intensity but never comes across as heavy, overbearing or astringent. The freshness, laser-like precision, and full-bodied, massive richness and extract are simply remarkable to behold and experience. It is very easy, to become jaded tasting such great wines from a great vintage, but it is really a privilege to taste something as amazing as this. Unfortunately, it needs a good decade of cellaring, and that’s assuming it doesn’t close down over the next few years. This is a 50- to 75-year wine from one of the half-dozen or so most compulsive and obsessive proprietors in all of Bordeaux…”

James Molesworth 96-99:

“Seriously dense, with thickly layered fig paste, macerated black currant fruit, Kenya AA coffee and roasted tobacco. But really fresh and invigorating throughout, with mouthwatering iron and apple wood notes. Despite the power, this cuts like a knife from the start. When the Bordelais say precise, this is what they mean.”

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