One of the great estates of the Medoc, Pontet-Canet has enjoyed increasing attention as well as a draconian selection process by owner Albert Tesseron ever since his breakthrough vintage of 1994. The 2001 does not possess the power of the 2000 or the huge 2003, but it is still a very fine albeit tannic, lighter wine. A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, and small percentages of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it was produced from modest yields of 37 hectoliters per hectare. Revealing classic cassis aromas, medium to full body, a firm structure with plenty of finesse, a closed personality, and dominant as well as intrusive tannin, it should age well for 12-20 years, but patience will be required. Certainly the concentration appears up to the level of the tannin. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2017.
|Score: 89||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (153), June 2004|
|Score: 89/91||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (146), April 2003|
|Score: 88/89+||Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (140), April 2002|
I must say, the nose is quite delectable with wonderful definition and harmony. There are notes of blackberry, wild hedgerow, a touch of shellfish, a little cedar and smoke coming through with a hint of pencil box. The palate is medium-bodied and showing more finesse than the 2003, perhaps with finer tannins, a more feminine Pontet-Canet. Very focused, still quite primal, very seductive towards the rounded, plum finish with very faint hints of smoked meats. Great harmony and focus. This is certainly beginning to open although it would need serious decanting. Tasted October 2009.
|Score: 92||Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, October 2009|
|Score: 89/91||James Suckling, Wine Spectator, March 2002|
Big and bloody and pretty sumptuous and attractive. Delivers all the way through the tasting experience. Luscious yet with lots of fine tannins underneath. PLL? Wonderfully harmonious. There is freshness here too. Very long.
|Score: 18||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, October 2007|