Why not check out this perfectly aged example with 12 years in the bottle? The Wine Spectator loved its “beautiful aromas of crushed berries and currant… Long and caressing. Very refined and balanced.”
ETA; January 2019
"Fifth I Am, Second I Should Be" Under the direction of owner Alfred Tesseron since 1994, fifth-growth Château Pontet-Canet has gradually increased quality year after year, thanks in part to biodynamic farming, and today Pontet-Canet is a de facto second-growth. In great vintages, it is a peer of the First Growths. This isn’t surprising; it’s situated on the same gravel mound as its first-growth neighbors Château Lafite-Rothschild and Château Mouton-Rothschild.
Tasted at the Pontet-Canet vertical in London, it seems clear that the 2004 Château Pontet-Canet is predestined to always fall under the shadow of the 2005. Don't overlook this gem. The bouquet delivers pure blackberry, pencil lead and tobacco notes that are more generous than the 2005 at the moment—open for business, you might say. There is an element of dried herbs here, a hint of black tar. The palate is medium-bodied and quite sturdy in the mouth, the tannins perhaps "abrasive" when juxtaposed against the 2005, however they are couched in unexpectedly intense earthy black fruit that frame a tannic finish. If you hanker for a sumptuous Pontet-Canet, then opt for 2003 or 2009, but if your predilection is for a more "classic" Pauillac, then 2004 Pontet-Canet fits the bill. Undoubtedly a great wine from Alfred Tesseron for the vintage, I would start, broaching bottles now but keep a stash back for 4-5 years' time when those tannins have softened. Tasted February 2016.
(65% cabernet sauvignon, 29% merlot, 4% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot) Deep medium ruby. Precise aromas of cassis, black cherry, licorice and flowers. Sweet, broad, dense and focused, with terrific purity and depth of fruit. Finishes with noble, broad tannins and outstanding persistence. Like the 2003 version, this wine really saturates the entire palate with flavor.
Firm and fresh with currant bush and sweet tobacco character that turns to cigar box. Medium-to-full body with a racy edge to it. Drink or hold.