The 2022 Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac is an extraordinary Bordeaux wine that exemplifies power, complexity, and finesse. This red wine blend showcases a deep, intense color, foreshadowing its concentrated nature. The nose is captivating, revealing an enticing blend of black fruits, such as blackberries and plums, intertwined with notes of graphite, cedar, and exotic spices. On the palate, it offers a perfect harmony of strength and elegance, with velvety tannins and a vibrant acidity. Flavors of cassis, dark chocolate, espresso, and tobacco unfold gracefully, leading to a long, lingering finish. With its impeccable structure and age-worthy potential, this wine promises an exceptional drinking experience for years to come.
"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.
What a finish on this Pontet-Canet. So much energy and brightness. It's full-bodied yet so tight and focused with superb fruit and transparency. It is racy and fine with super fine texture. It's like crushed cabernet sauvignon with cassis, tobacco and cigar box. Licorice and spices. Freshness of the seed. 57% cabernet sauvignon, 35% merlot, 4% cabernet franc, and 4% petit verdot.
The 2022 Château Pontet-Canet is brilliant and should easily be up with the crème de la crème from the Médoc. Based on 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, and 4% each of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it was vinified mostly in concrete (there's a small part in wood), and the aging is in 50% new French oak, 35% in amphora, and the rest in once-used barrels. It has an incredibly pure bouquet of cassis, graphite, lead pencil, and scorched earth. This carries to a full-bodied Pauillac with a deep, layered mid-palate, building tannins, and a great finish. It has the purity, richness, and structure that makes this vintage so compelling and is going to be drinkable with just 4-6 years of bottle age but have an incredibly long life.