Pontet Canet 2004

RegionBordeaux
SubregionPauillac
ColourRed
TypeStill


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Tasting Notes

Backward and powerful for the vintage, this blue/purple-colored 2004 exhibits classic creme de cassis, smoke, incense, and spring flower characteristics. Medium to full-bodied, dense, and excruciatingly tannic, this impressively endowed Pauillac is built for the long haul. However, patience will be required. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2025+.

Score: 90Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (171), June 2007

The 2004 Pontet-Canet has an inky/purple color and a classic nose of sweet creme de cassis, cedar, and spice box. It is medium to full-bodied, structured, quite tannic, but also impressively deep and full. This wine will need 7-10 years of cellaring and last for 20-30 years.

Score: 90/93Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (165), June 2006

A brilliant effort from proprietor Alfred Tesseron, Pontet-Canet’s 2004 may ultimately prove to be a better wine than its more famous neighbor, Mouton Rothschild. Medium to full-bodied with a classic creme de cassis-scented perfume, sweet fruit, ripe tannin, tremendous purity, and a personality that suggests no manipulation, no nonsense, and hard work in both the vineyard and winery, this beautiful Pauillac should age for 2-3 decades. It is one of the most concentrated and potentially long-lived wines of the vintage. Is it as good as the 2000, 1996, and 1995? Probably not, but it is a noteworthy effort for the vintage.

Score: 92/94Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (158), April 2005

The bouquet is obviously less intense than the 2005. Blackberry, black plum, violets, a touch of undergrowth, liquorice and there in the background is a mote of hoi sin. Superb definition and very refined, developing a candied bouquet with time. The palate is medium-bodied, very pure with superb tension. There are notes of blackberry, cassis, blueberry and bilberry, wonderful balance, but the finish is still tannic and tightly-coiled. This is a Pauillac with real panache and style although would give this 5-6 years cellaring. Drink 2011-2025. Tasted October 2009.

Score: 93Neal Martin, RobertParker.com, October 2009

Shows beautiful aromas of crushed berries and currant, with hints of mineral. Full-bodied, with lovely currant, licorice and mint. Long and caressing. Very refined and balanced. Another winner from Pontet Canet. Best after 2011.

Score: 93James Suckling, WineSpectator.com, March 2007

A beautiful wine with lots of blackberry and currant. Hints of toasted oak and fresh mushroom. Full-bodied, with velvety tannins and a long finish. This shows really well. Very ripe. Serious. Long and in harmony. The owner says that this is some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon he has ever harvested, and it seems to be true. 65 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 4 percent Cabernet Franc, 2 percent Petit Verdot and the rest Merlot.

Score: 92/94James Suckling, Wine Spectator (April 05), April 2005

Score: 17Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com

Score: 16+Farr Vintners, Southwold Bordeaux Tasting, January 2008

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