2017 Château Pontet-Canet Pauillac Bordeaux France Wine Tasting Note

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2017 Château Pontet-Canet  (Pauillac) 95

Quite tight at the moment, and not showing much of its true potential, if you are sitting on any bottles, wait at least 6 -8 years. At that point, all the gorgeous, ripe, sweet, fresh cassis and floral character and lifted, red berry palate should be in top form. 95 Points

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Dark ruby in color, there is a sensation of crushed rocks, lead pencil, flowers and deep, red fruits. The wine is medium/full bodied, soft, polished and stylish. Not the deepest vintage produced at Pontet Canet, though instead you'll enjoy a purity of fruit with elegance, lift, length and vibrancy. 96 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 at 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 be at its 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, pasta and a myriad of hard and soft cheeses.

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

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