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Dense, yet agile, full-bodied, yet so polished and refined – this was the balance that impressed James Suckling enough to drop 99-Points on the doorstep of his barrel sample. “This is integrated, with superb density and beauty, offering blackcurrant, mineral and some bark... Fresh as always.” 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 32% Merlot with Cab Franc and Petit Verdot holding the balance, this organic and biodynamic beauty is a stunner by any standard.
"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.
Aromas of blackcurrants and black cherries with hints of crushed walnuts, grilled thyme, cocoa powder and graphite. It’s full-bodied with layers of ultra-fine, silky tannins that elegantly coat your palate, allowing the juicy and vibrant fruit to shine. Delicate and pristine, yet compact with lots of energy and power to uncover in the coming years. It lasts for minutes and is delicious now. The purity of fruit is really impressive. 60% cabernet sauvignon, 32% merlot, 4% cabernet franc and 4% petit verdot. 50% new oak 15% old oak and 35% concrete amphorae.
The flagship from this estate, the 2020 Château Pontet-Canet is a beauty based on 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, and 4% each of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, brought up in 50% new oak, with 35% in amphora. Deep purple-hued with a great nose of dark currants, plums, tobacco leaf, and truffly earth, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, a layered, seamless mouthfeel and a great finish. The higher Merlot content here really shows in its overall sexy, supple, seamless style, and while this already offers pleasure, it's going to be one for the ages as well.
The magnificent structure and balance of this wine are powerful. It shows poise between the black fruits and the freshness of the vintage, while the texture is almost velvet. The wine is juicy and seriously structured at the same time.