Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2009

$399

Perfect 100 points!                                                        Extremely limited 100-Point Bordeaux. 100 Points Robert Parker: "An absolutely amazing wine, from grapes harvested between the end of September and October 17, this blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot has close to 15% natural alcohol. It comes from one of the few biodynamic vineyards in Bordeaux, but you are likely to see many more, given the success that Tesseron seems to be having at all levels, both in his vineyards and in his fermentation/winemaking. 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. Is there anything that proprietor Alfred Tesseron is not doing right? Talk about an estate that is on top of its game! Pontet-Canet’s 2010 is a more structured, tannic and restrained version of their most recent perfect wine, the 2009. Kudos to Pontet-Canet!  

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Ratings on Delectable

Peter van den Besselaar Delectable Pro

Vintage 2009 | warm, comforting wine, multi layered, full of life.

Vintage 2009 | warm, comforting wine, multi layered, full of life.

9.5

David T Delectable Pro

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

Pontet Canet tasting and dinner with Alfred Tesseron. Mind numbingly gorgeous. Believe the hype on the great Bordeaux producer’s 2009 vintage. It is simply one of the best Bordeaux’s this young I’ve ever had. It’s is silky on the palate. The structure, tension, length and balance are stunning and this vintage is just getting started in its better evolution. The fruits are some of the very best Bordeaux fruits I’ve had. Ripe, ruby, lush; blackberries & dark cherries. Both chocolate, soft, layered baking spice, soft soils, understated; leather, tobacco, graphite, ruby, candied purple, blue/dark fresh and withering florals. The acidity is dead on. The finish is well balanced & glorious. This is an amazing wine that will blow your hair back at 25 years of age. Photos of; our dinner group, tasting room at Pontet Canet, the horse plows they still use in the fields and Chateau Pontet Canet.

Pontet Canet tasting and dinner with Alfred Tesseron. Mind numbingly gorgeous. Believe the hype on the great Bordeaux producer’s 2009 vintage. It is simply one of the best Bordeaux’s this young I’ve ever had. It’s is silky on the palate. The structure, tension, length and balance are stunning and this vintage is just getting started in its better evolution. The fruits are some of the very best Bordeaux fruits I’ve had. Ripe, ruby, lush; blackberries & dark cherries. Both chocolate, soft, layered baking spice, soft soils, understated; leather, tobacco, graphite, ruby, candied purple, blue/dark fresh and withering florals. The acidity is dead on. The finish is well balanced & glorious. This is an amazing wine that will blow your hair back at 25 years of age. Photos of; our dinner group, tasting room at Pontet Canet, the horse plows they still use in the fields and Chateau Pontet Canet.

9.8

Peter Alig Delectable Pro

Wine Educator Robert Mondavi Winery, Von Holt Wines

Just learned that Mr. Parker gave this 100 points. Nose is stunningly perfumed, exotic, complex. Palate fades a bit too quickly. Alcohol seems higher than stated 14%. Not a perfect wine, but very good.

Just learned that Mr. Parker gave this 100 points. Nose is stunningly perfumed, exotic, complex. Palate fades a bit too quickly. Alcohol seems higher than stated 14%. Not a perfect wine, but very good.

8.8

Mike R Delectable Pro

Brilliant example of what the 09 Bordeaux are doing - two hour decant and little more in the glass and wow - explosions occurring simultaneously in my mouth - massive fruit and huge dark color - what a smile what a smile what a really big smile

Brilliant example of what the 09 Bordeaux are doing - two hour decant and little more in the glass and wow - explosions occurring simultaneously in my mouth - massive fruit and huge dark color - what a smile what a smile what a really big smile

9.6

Bret Barker

We switched gears at dinner and went French. This wine was up for WOTN. Raspberry, limestone - intense flavor but not overly tannic- really impressive with the balance. Smoke licorice with such a deep color. This went fast, wish I had more

We switched gears at dinner and went French. This wine was up for WOTN. Raspberry, limestone - intense flavor but not overly tannic- really impressive with the balance. Smoke licorice with such a deep color. This went fast, wish I had more

9.6

Lawrence Solum

Amazing. Great, fruit forward.. many layers.

Amazing. Great, fruit forward.. many layers.

10

Scott Munro

Beautiful, balanced, black as night. Treat to have this second growth for new years!

Beautiful, balanced, black as night. Treat to have this second growth for new years!

9.5

Kevin Ortzman Delectable Pro

RP 100

RP 100

9.9

Arnold Ha

Opens up well, sour grape finish

Opens up well, sour grape finish

9.3

Hao Feng

Balanced, elegant, long finish

Balanced, elegant, long finish

9.2

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