2001 Pontet Canet
By Chateau Pontet Canet
The 2001 Pontet Canet from Chateau Pontet Canet, Pauillac, Bordeaux
Chateau Pontet Canet's offerings have long been renowned for their steadfast commitment to quality and tradition. The 2001 Pontet Canet, a beacon within this illustrious lineage, is a vintage that deftly exemplifies the characteristic fortitude and elegance of the esteemed Pauillac appellation.
An Exemplar Vintage in Investment and Excellence
The turn of the millennium heralded a period of subtle climatic shifts which, in 2001, cultivated conditions conducive to producing wines of both intensity and precision. The alchemy between the quintessential gravelly soils of Pauillac and the tempered maritime influence resulted in a vintage where the 2001 Pontet Canet articulated its pedigree with aplomb.
A Season of Rigour and Reward
2001 was not without its challenges; it demanded rigour in vineyard management amidst an initially damp growing season that gave way to a notably dry and sunny August. This eventuality led to an exceptional harvest, where careful selection ensured that only grapes of the highest calibre were coaxed into this compelling cuvée. It's gratifying to note that these efforts resulted in a wine whose poise has been underpinned by twenty years of meticulous cellarage.
Immersing oneself in the experience of the 2001 Pontet Canet today, one is greeted by a mosaic of aromatics - cassis intertwined with hints of truffle and tobacco. On the palate, a balanced interplay between mature tannins and lively acidity underlines a nuanced depth, indicative of Pauillac's heralded structure married with fruit-driven charm.
An investment in the 2001 Pontet Canet from Chateau Pontet Canet is not merely an acquisition of a fine Bordeaux but a testament to exquisitely realised potential against the odds. This stands as an emblematic vintage that continues to reveal layers of complexity while promising enduring allure for years to come.
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Scores and tasting notes
Tasted blind at Bordeaux Index's 10-Year On horizontal. This has a very well defined, very fresh bouquet with blackberry, black plum, cedar, graphite and a touch of undergrowth. There is a certain 'honesty' to this nose. The palate is medium-bodied with good grip, a little dry on the entry, quite foursquare but so well balanced and displaying such clarity on the finish, with hints of cedar and truffle lingering on the aftertaste. Superb. Tasted March 2011.
Neal Martin - Wine Journal May 2011
Fresh and very youthful still with currants, flowers and liquorice character. Full body with fine tannins and a racy, fine finish. Drink now and enjoy.
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, July 1st 2013
One of the great estates of the Medoc, Pontet-Canet has enjoyed increasing attention as well as a draconian selection process by owner Albert Tesseron ever since his breakthrough vintage of 1994. The 2001 does not possess the power of the 2000 or the huge 2003, but it is still a very fine albeit tannic, lighter wine. A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, and small percentages of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it was produced from modest yields of 37 hectoliters per hectare. Revealing classic cassis aromas, medium to full body, a firm structure with plenty of finesse, a closed personality, and dominant as well as intrusive tannin, it should age well for 12-20 years, but patience will be required. Certainly the concentration appears up to the level of the tannin. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2017.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 29 June 2004