2005 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Bordeaux France Wine Tasting Note

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2005 Château Pontet-Canet  (Pauillac) 94

Still young, tannic and working its way through to adulthood, the wine is full-bodied, concentrated and structured. The big, fresh, juicy bite of cassis comes through loud and clear. But, the tannins remain powerful. The cedar, tobacco leaf, cigar box and minty herb nuances add a lot to the wine. This is probably going to end up being more about power and fruit, over refinement and elegance. With 2 hours of air, the wine began filling out. At the 3 hour mark, it was even better. The wine should be showing a cut above starting in 2025. 94 Points

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Not fully mature, but if you like your Pauillac on the young side, working its way over to mature, this is in a good place. With an hour in the decanter, the wine serves up a blast of cassis, blackberry, tobacco and wet earth. Full-bodied, concentrated and filled with fruit and freshness, in the finish the wine is just a bit shorter than I would have liked. Another 3-5 years in the cellar should be about right, else 2 hours in the decanter will work nicely. 94 Points

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2005 Pontet Canet is rich and remains deeply colored. The tannins are soft and the firmness if youth is being replaced with more elegance. Notes of tobacco leaf, cigar box, earth and dark chocolate ride along with the fresh, blackberry and cassis. 2 hours of decanting worked its magic. But if you can wait until 2025, you’re going to have an even better experience. 94 Points

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Full bodied and intense, this mouth filling, luscious treat is packed with layer after layer of rich, dark, dense, perfectly ripe fruits, soft, refined tannins and the stuffing and structure to age and evolve for decades. You can drink it now, but I’m waiting another 5 years before I start popping corks. 95 Points

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The first of the great vintages for Alfred Tesseron at Pontet Canet is starting to show its stuff. Great concentration, soft, refined tannins, a long finish with soft, sweet, lush fruits. As good as this is now, and it is good, it's only going to get better with more time in the bottle... 96 Points

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Truly a blockbuster wine. This is equal parts concentration and personality in this beauty. The cassis, coffee and chocolate scented perfume get your attention. The mountain of black fruit sliding from the glass over your palate is a treat. There is a lot to like about this wine and while prices have risen, for a wine this good, it's still a bargain. 95 Points

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Opaque in color with an intoxicating perfume of spicy, black fruit, cassis and oak. Dense and full bodied. Stunning levels of concentration which lead to a great mouthfeel that fills and excites all your taste buds! There is a great freshness and balance to the wine with a finish that lasts close to forty seconds... This is truly a wow wine that is Second Growth in quality! 96 Points

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With coaxing, this extremely concentrated, Bordeaux wine started to strut its stuff. Black, purple in color. Very dense and mouthfilling. Huge levels of fruit and body with enough tannin and structure to age for decades. The impressive finish lasted at least fifty seconds! 95 Points

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When to Drink Chateau Pontet Canet, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Pontet Canet is not at its best in its youth, even with several hours of decanting. This is due to the high levels of tannins and intense concentration in the wine. The wine is usually better with 10-12-15 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character.

In the best years, the wine will best between 15 and 45 years of age after the vintage. Young vintages can be decanted for 2-4 hours. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Serving Chateau Pontet Canet, with Wine and Food Pairings

Chateau Pontet Canet is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Chateau Pontet Canet is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes. Chateau Pontet Canet is also good when matched with Asian dishes, rich fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

Jean Michel Comme also owns his own biodynamically farmed vineyard, Champ des Treilles in the Sainte Foy appellation.

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