2016 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Wine Tasting Note

2016 Château Pontet-Canet  (Pauillac) 98

Power, elegance, refinement, depth, and length are like everything else with this wine in perfect harmony. Floral in nature, the dark cassis, blackberry, tobacco, and wet earth notes in the perfume stand out. But its the purity of the fruit and the elegance in the character that leaves you wanting another sniff, swirl and sip. The silky textured tannins and sweetness in the fruit in the fruit seals the deal!

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Cassis drenched flowers, lead pencil, clay, spice, blackberry and cigar box aromatics win you over immediately. Purity and freshness, balance and harmony with length and character, this wine sneaks up on you -- it tastes and feels wonderful. The finish keeps going, building in intensity and flavor, moving from red to black fruits, leaving you with red berries, spice and minerality. The tannins are silky, the fruit is sweet and there is more than ample lift here. The wine just does not quit. Produced from blending 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, the wine is aging in 55% new French oak barrels, 35% in amphora and the remainder of wine in one year old casks. The harvest took place September 28 to October 12.

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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.

The same technical team, that produces the wine for Chateau Pontet Canet, headed up by Jean-Michel Comme, is also involved in managing the vineyards and making the wine for an estate located in the Haut Medoc appellation that is managed by the Cordier family, Chateau Senejac. As you might guess, Chateau Senejac, which is a really fine, Bordeaux value wine is biodynamically farmed.

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

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