Chateau Pontet Canet   Pontet Canet

2019 Pontet Canet

By Chateau Pontet Canet

2019 Pontet Canet from Chateau Pontet Canet, Pauillac, Bordeaux

Intriguing, complex, and rich with potential: the 2019 Pontet Canet from Chateau Pontet Canet is a quintessentially luminous star in the Pauillac constellation. With four decades of vintage scrutiny under my belt, the 2019 vintage captivates with its distinct expression, etching its place in the lineage of superb Bordeaux vintages.


A Resonant Pauillac Performance

The 2019 growing season intertwined benevolence with challenge, gifting the grapes of Pontet Canet a narrative that sings through their structure. The meteorological pendulum swung from a wet spring to a glorious summer, culminating in an Indian summer that blessed the vineyards with ideal ripening conditions.

Pontet Canet has long been celebrated for embracing biodynamic viticulture, and this commitment to harmony with nature radiates luminously in this concise vintage. Here lies a vintage woven with bold strokes yet speaks with an articulate refinement.


Terroir's Triumph: The Vintage's Heartbeat

The presence of terroir—often whispered among oenophiles like a sacred incantation—finds itself at the forefront here. The gravelly soils, married to the particularities of Pauillac’s microclimate, produce a symphony where each note is savored: dark fruits, an enclave of spice, and an aristocratic tannic structure that assures longevity.

As I reflect upon my first encounter with the 2019 Pontet Canet, I am met by the poise and depth it parades. Its palate bares an oaky embrace but positions itself firmly on a pedestal of balance between power and elegance—a juxtaposition that magnetizes any astute investor keen on securing cellars with fine wines of eminent aging potential.

In summary, one recognizes the 2019 Pontet Canet for its distinctive voice—a vintage echoing both strength and grace. It heralds investment wisdom as it promises to grace future decades with its maturing splendor. For enthusiasts and investors alike, securing an allocation would not only be a privilege but also a savvy nod to Pauillac’s extraordinary tapestry of vinous artistry.

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The blend this year is 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Very deep purple-black colored, the 2019 Pontet-Canet has the most gorgeous, lifted perfume of lilacs, dark chocolate, Morello cherries and rosehip tea over a core of crème de cassis, plum preserves, licorice and woodsmoke with a waft of fragrant soil. Full-bodied, rich and fantastically opulent, the palate offers layer upon layer of ripe, finely grained tannins and seamless freshness, finishing very long and mineral laced. A real head-turner, this beauty is absolutely going to steal your heart!

Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 29 May 2020

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