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Pontet Canet 2019

Label
RegionBordeaux
SubregionPauillac
ColourRed
TypeStill
Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon/Merlot

Alfred Tesseron has been making constant improvements here since the early 1990's. Grapes are manually sorted by a team of 30 people on specially made sorting tables. The vineyard has been organic and bio-dynamic for 10 years and is worked by horses. A part of the maturation is now done in egg-shaped concrete amphoras. The vineyard is planted with 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. Long-standing technical director Jean-Michel Comme, who oversaw the conversion to biodynamics and the move to concrete eggs, stepped down in Spring 2020, so the 2019 will be his last vintage here.

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Colour Region Vintage Wine Size Qty Units Price IB GBP Per Score
Bordeaux2019Pontet Canet New

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BT1 \ 0121,180.001298/100 LPB12131.11111066667100.0098.00Pontet Canet0.7510
Bordeaux2019Pontet CanetMG31 \ 03590.00398/100 LPB3131.11111066667100.0098.00Pontet Canet1.510
Bordeaux2019Pontet CanetIM11875.00bt98/100 LPB1145.83333333333100.0098.00Pontet Canet610
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Tasting Notes

The blend this year is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Very deep purple-black colored, the 2019 Pontet-Canet has the most gorgeous, lifted perfume of lilacs, dark chocolate, Morello cherries and rosehip tea over a core of crème de cassis, plum preserves, licorice and woodsmoke with a waft of fragrant soil. Full-bodied, rich and fantastically opulent, the palate offers layer upon layer of ripe, finely grained tannins and seamless freshness, finishing very long and mineral laced. A real head-turner, this beauty is absolutely going to steal your heart!

98/100
Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate (End of May), May 2020

A very tight, compact red that shows wonderful precision and definition with lots of blackberries, blueberries, stones and black tea. The sorting and de-stemming was all done by hand. Love the sensibility to this. Superb length and finesse. Subtle and sophisticated. No pumping over and gentle pushing down. Handmade. Very exciting and thought-provoking. Very long. 35% in amphora and the rest in 50% new oak and 15% one-year oak. 65% cabernet sauvignon and 30% merlot, the rest cabernet franc and petit verdot. Biodynamic grapes.

98/99
James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2020

The 2019 Pontet-Canet is plush, dense and explosive, with tremendous richness and pure, soaring intensity that strengthens in all directions with time in the glass. A wine of gravitas, the 2019 is statuesque in build. As always, Pontet-Canet offers a very personal, idiosyncratic expression of Pauillac. A range of lifted floral and savory notes ring out on the finish.

The 2019 is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, harvested between September 23 and October 10, which is a typical time frame for the estate. Yields came in a 33 hectoliters per hectare, more or less the historical average these days. For the first time, all sorting and destemming were done by hand and the wine was vinified only with manual punchdowns (i.e. no pumpovers), without any motorized equipment. Cuvaison was around 21 days, after which the wine was taken off the skins for the malolactic fermentation (which was done in the fermentation vats), and then racked into barrels and concrete for aging - 50% new oak, 35% amphora and 15% once-used barrels. Sadly, 2019 is the last vintage at Pontet-Canet for long-time Technical Director Jean-Michel Comme, who left after 31 years to focus on his own projects. He is succeeded by Mathieu Bessonnet, formerly at Chapoutier.

95/97
Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, June 2020

The 2019 is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The wine will be aged in 50% new oak, 35% in Pontet Canet's bespoke concrete eggs, and 15% in second fill barrels. The entire production was de-stemmed berry-by-berry by hand, an incredibly laborious, painstaking process that should retain the integrity of each grape, and can enhance aromatics and purity. Deep purple in colour wiht an expansive nose of black pepper, baked plums and violets. The palate bursts forth with red cherries, kirsch and forest fruits. The tannins are fine and integrated, allowing the fruit and peppery spice to shing through. Sweet fruits and violets linger on the finish. Tasted in Bordeaux.

93/96
Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, May 2020

Particularly successful during En Primeur, and even better now, just bursting out of the glass. Plump and fruit forward, plenty of character, with spiced cedar and smoked earth, violet and iris notes play around the edges, but the focus is on creamy cassis, bilberry, cocoa bean and aniseed. Last vintage with Jean-Michel Comme as technical director, and you really now see the skilled use of amphoras, which added notes of austerity in the early years (they introduced them in 2012) but now showcase the precision of the fruit. 100% 1st wine, with the ageing taking place in a mix of 45% new oak barrels, 15% one year barrels and 40% amphoras.

98
Jane Anson, JaneAnson.com, January 2022
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Clear Pauillac character in terms of its tannic structure, overlaid with the Pontet signature of recent vintages that translates into spirals of peony and iris alongside brambled hedgerow. As it settles, coffee bean and tobacco adds a charred character alongside blackberry and cassis puree. It opens extremely slowly, with so many subtle nuances that gather in confidence. The tannins have unmistakeable Pauillac strength, but the structure and the subtlety of this wine is Pontet-Canet, with the amphoras having an influence in terms of the tannins feeling less silky than they do in many of the appellation's biggest wines, but still with swagger. Back to a normal yield after the difficulties in 2018 with mildew that saw production drop to 12hl/ha. This is the last vintage under Jean-Michel Comme, technical director and estate manager for past 32 years. He has been replaced by Mathieu Bessonnet who has spent the last 15 years with Michel Chapoutier on his (also biodynamically farmed) estates in Australia and Alsace and who was, they tell me, selected by Comme who chose him and worked with him. 100% 1st wine, as it has been for the past four years. 55% will be aged in new oak barrel, 45% in amphoras.This is a two-point score under the 2016, because it doesn't have the concentration of that exceptional vintage, but it's an excellent Pontet, full of vigour. Manual punching down across the entire production. Drinking Window 2028 - 2044

96
Jane Anson, Decanter.com, May 2020

65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. Hand-destemmed grapes. Barrel sample.
Deep purple-black hue. Pure, ripe and creamy on the nose, the fruit very much to the fore. Cassis and blueberry notes with a hint of chocolate behind. Ripe and silky on attack then a depth of generous fruit and plentiful tannins. Firm, dry finish. Pauillac but in a more luxurious, modern vein. Drink 2027-2045.

17.5
James Lawther MW, JancisRobinson.com, June 2020
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