Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2009 (1500ml)

$499

It's no surprise that proprietor Alfred Tesseron has produced a possibly perfect 2009. He's been on a roll since 1994, and no other producer has done more work in the vineyard than Tesseron, who has moved to 100% bio-dynamic farming, reduced yields drastically, and instituted a draconian selection process. This vineyard, which sits on the high plateau of Pauillac adjacent to Mouton Rothschild, has produced a 2009 of extraordinary intensity and purity. It is outrageously concentrated, with silky tannin (the sweetest I have ever tasted in a Pontet-Canet as well as the highest measured), an opaque purple color, and copious notes of graphite, cassis, licorice, and subtle smoke and forest floor. Full-bodied and unctuously textured with striking purity and definition, it is a wine of colossal weight as well as elegance (in itself a poster boy for this paradox in 2009). This brilliant Pauillac requires a decade of cellaring despite its voluptuous texture. It should evolve for 50-75 years. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2095. Robert Parker

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Ratings on Delectable

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

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

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

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

John Kanellopoulos

Speechless

Speechless

9.3

Shawn R Delectable Pro

Give it time to spread its wings and bam!

Give it time to spread its wings and bam!

9.4