2007 Pontet Canet
By Chateau Pontet Canet
2007 Pontet Canet from Château Pontet Canet, Pauillac, Bordeaux
In the canon of Bordeaux's illustrious viticultural history, the 2007 Pontet Canet from Château Pontet Canet stands as a testament to resilience and finesse against the backdrop of a challenging climatic year. The narrative of 2007 in Bordeaux recounts tales of an untimely budding thanks to an unseasonably warm April followed by wetter conditions, putting pressure on the revered terroirs of Pauillac.
A Vintage Defined by Conscientious Craftsmanship
Under such circumstances, true craftsmanship comes to the fore. It is in vintages like 2007 where the meticulous attention to detail in both vineyard and cellar becomes palpable in every glass. These hardships did not impede but rather shaped the character of the 2007 Pontet Canet, revealing an unexpected agility and subtlety in this usually powerful expression of Pauillac.
With a gentler hand than its more bullish siblings, the 2007 vintage presents a nuanced tale of blackcurrant tempered with earthy truffle notes and whiffs of cedarwood - hallmarks of a matured Pauillac. This vintage is not overwhelmed by oak or tannin but instead discreetly cradles these elements within its gracefully evolving structure.
Investment Merits: Poise Under Pressure
For fine wine investors, the calibre of the 2007 vintage lies not in its brute force but rather in its eloquent articulation of a challenging year. Graced with an admirable ageing potential, it continues to enchant palates with its evolving profile. As enthusiasts seek out refined examples from Bordeaux's less heralded vintages, a well-crafted 2007 such as that from Château Pontet Canet provides an intriguing proposition for one's portfolio.
The judicious decision by many investors to embrace this vintage has indeed proven sagacious; as time unfurls the layers of this sleeper hit, it affirms the foresight in securing allocations that capture Pauillac's finesse even in less extolled years. The resilience shown by Château Pontet Canet amidst climatic adversities is mirrored in its robust investment value - proving that quality can indeed prevail even when conditions suggest otherwise.
In summary, while perhaps not attracting the immediate acclaim reserved for more opulent years, the meritorious character of 2007 Pontet Canet from Château Pontet Canet is undeniably evident. It exemplifies sophistication borne out of austerity – making it an unanticipated jewel within an investor's treasury of fine wines.
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Scores and tasting notes
Wow. Minerals, cedar, almost like warm stones in the heat. And then some spice. A wine that’s gorgeous, beautiful to taste now, but you know there’s so much more coming to it. Will be better in three to five years. But it’s already gorgeous – decant a couple hours in advance.
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com, July 25th 2012
Tasted at Bordeaux Index’s Pontet-Canet dinner at The Ledbury. The 2007 continues to be a great Pauillac considering the vintage. Here the nose closed at first back opens up nicely with blackberry and graphite, less of the Margaux element that I noticed a few months ago. The palate has volume so atypical for the vintage with soft caressing tannins and a very harmonious blackcurrant, mulberry and vanilla tinged finish. Tasted February 2011.
Neal Martin - Wine Journal Nov 2011
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Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #176 April 2008
Tasted at BI Wine & Spirits' 10-Years-On tasting, the 2007 Pontet-Canet has an upfront bouquet with (for the vintage) quite lavish red and black fruit tinged with violet and creme de cassis. The palate is sweet and opulent, displaying impressive concentration and a velvety blueberry and black cherry finish that lingers long in the mouth. You would never ascribe this to the 2007 vintage, a Pontet-Canet determined to overcome the limitations of the growing season. In a sense, it succeeds, yet it must sacrifice some of its Bordeaux typicité in the process. Tasted February 2017.
Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 30 June 2017