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1990 Pontet Canet

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1990 Pontet Canet from Château Pontet Canet, Pauillac, Bordeaux

The 1990 vintage from the distinguished Château Pontet Canet navigates a lineage of Pauillac excellence with an exceptional flair that has captivated my senses over decades of fine wine appreciation. Oenophiles and astute investors alike have long revered the 1990 Pontet Canet for its embodiment of what a classical Bordeaux should deliver.


An Exquisite Vintage Embracing Terroir and Time

Renowned for its gravel-rich soil which imparts quintessential robustness to its vines, Pauillac's 1990 vintage was graced with climatic benevolence. The balanced season coaxed the vines at Château Pontet Canet to yield fruits that speak a language of both elegance and power. Aged in oak, this vintage echoes the symphony of cassis and plums, enveloped in sophisticated tannins, a testimony to the artisanal craftsmanship of the winemaker.


A Prestigious Pedigree Worth Investment

Given its maturation over the years, the 1990 Pontet Canet presents an opaque garnet hue while inviting the nose to pursue intricate layers of tobacco, truffles and a hint of eucalyptus. Ensuring an irresistible palate experience, it offers a harmonious juxtaposition of mellowed assertiveness and graceful subtlety which composes this Pauillac masterpiece. The depth achieved in this particular vintage bodes well for collectors seeking to diversify their cellars with a tangible asset poised gracefully on the apex of its maturity.

In every sip, the coveted 1990 Pontet Canet from Château Pontet Canet delights with a lingering finish that resonates with connoisseurs. It stands as one of those remarkable vintages where time has revealed degrees of complexity and sensual breadth suggesting not just a tasting note but an ode to its year – making it an undeniable jewel for investment in the world of fine wines.

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Tasted at Bordeaux Index's Pontet-Canet dinner at The Ledbury. The 1990 is an old school, pre-Jean-Michel Comme wine. This bottle of 1990 displays a touch of brettanomyces on the nose, but it is not off-putting and actually complements the scents of truffle, moss and cooked meats. Medium-bodied on the palate with good acidity for the vintage, but at 21-years of age beginning to lack a little vigour. This is a pleasurable Pontet-Canet, one that deserves drinking now without too many expectations. Tasted February 2011.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Nov 2011


Diffuse, weedy, red and black currant notes along with hints of earth and licorice emerge from this mid-weight Pauillac. The 1990 was conceived before proprietor Alfred Tesseron began to pull out all the stops in his quest for first-growth quality starting in 1994. Over the last 5-6 vintages, he has been hitting on all cylinders. Release price: ($290.00/case)

Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 29 June 2009

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