Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend 2009

9.470 ratings on Delectable
$249

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

Daron Watson Delectable Pro

#matteroftaste

#matteroftaste

9.7

Laura Catena Delectable Pro

Purity of flavors, cedar and earthy tones - reminds me of the 1995 that I drank at the Fête de la Fleur in Bordeaux

Purity of flavors, cedar and earthy tones - reminds me of the 1995 that I drank at the Fête de la Fleur in Bordeaux

9.5

Donald Patz Delectable Pro

Owner/Winemaker Patz & Hall

Very highly regarded in the press. It was nice but for me less than great

Very highly regarded in the press. It was nice but for me less than great

9.0