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93 Ratings
Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac 5ème Grand Cru Classé

Wine Description

Deep ruby colour with a fresh nose of cassis, cedar, and vanilla aromas. The palate has a full and sweet attack, good volume, nad is balanced by delicate tannins.

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    fine French wine--noted tannins; missed smoke but hulking and brooding well stated by Robt Parker

    over 8 years
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    great 5th growth that could easily be a 1st without breaking the bank

    over 8 years
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    Boxed case unopened

    about 6 years
Expert Reviews
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  • Robert Parker
    Upgraded in score over my original rating, which was several points lower, Alfred Tesseron has done a remarkable job since 1994 with Pontet-Canet, which has been hitting first-growth levels since 2003. But the 2000 also shows exceptionally well. In need of another decade of cellaring, this dense purple wine has a classic nose of incense, charcoal, creme de cassis, and subtle new oak. Full-bodied, powerful, still very tannic, and shockingly backward, this is a big, rich wine that has put on weight and seems to need more time than I originally predicted. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2035+.
  • Wine Spectator
    Extremely pretty aromas of mineral, blackberry and raspberry. Full-bodied, with well-integrated tannins and a medium finish. Well-crafted red. The best Pontet-Canet ever. Best after 2010. 2,330 cases made. –JS
  • Wine Enthusiast
    This is a very modern style of wine, with generous new wood and super-ripe fruit flavors, balancing with polished solid tannins. Very international in style, it is good, but could come from anywhere. R.V.
  • International Wine Cellar