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2010 Pontet Canet

By Chateau Pontet Canet

2010 Pontet Canet from Château Pontet Canet, Pauillac, Bordeaux

The heralded 2010 vintage of Bordeaux offers an illustrious tapestry of climate and terroir, which the esteemed Château Pontet Canet has woven into a masterwork that calls for deep adoration and worthwhile investment. The 2010 Pontet Canet from Château Pontet Canet embodies a standard-setter in the arena of fine wines, with its burgeoning reputation already echoing through the halls of discerning connoisseurs and investors alike.


A Testament to Biodynamic Brilliance

2010 marked one of the first vintages where Château Pontet Canet's full conversion to biodynamic practices truly began to shine. Their unwavering commitment to natural processes has yielded a vintage that graciously articulates the nuances of Pauillac's hallowed soils. It is a salute to the foresight of owner Alfred Tesseron and his team, whose dedication to environmentally attuned viniculture reveals itself splendidly in the glass.


The Quintessence of Pauillac

This particular year gifted winemakers with a prolonged, evenly spread growing season. The result is a 2010 Pontet Canet that resounds with opulent structure without compromising on the elegant finesse that enthusiasts have come to expect from top-tier Bordeaux. Its tannins are robust yet ripe, offering backbone while permitting the dark fruit core ensconced in cigar box and graphite notes to express itself vividly. A persistent finish is indicative of its majestic ageing potential, reinforcing its stature within an investor's portfolio.


A Vintage Destined for Longevity

The longevity of this wine is undoubted — current tastings reveal a youthfulness that presages decades of vibrant evolution ahead. Many seek out this vintage for its remarkable balance, depth, and purity, which have already propelled it towards remarkable scores from noteworthy critics.

With each swirling sip, the 2010 Pontet Canet from Château Pontet Canet decants into your senses — a testament not only to the grandeur of Pauillac but also as a beacon for those seeking out wines that serve both as an enjoyment to the palate and as a keystone in a diversified investment portfolio. One tastes not just the fruit of the vine here — but the fruit of exemplary commitment to innovation within the storied framework of tradition.

For collectors who desire vintages with compounded narrative — that includes climatic perfection, singular mastery in winemaking, and vigorous potential for appreciation — this is undeniably an essential acquisition. A treasure among treasures; secure your allotment with judicious haste.

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The aromas to this are incredible with blueberry, minerals, dried flowers, and stones. It goes to dried meat and spices. Full body and incredibly integrated with blackberry, licorice, and minerals. There's a wonderful purity to this. It goes on for minutes. The quality of tannins is amazing. Seamless. There's an amazing transparency that shows you all the elements of the wine's unique terrior. Try after 2018.

James Suckling -, November 14th 2013


The 2010 Pontet-Canet offers a very deep garnet color. Whoa—the nose explodes with a vast array of black fruit preserves and savory nuances: plum preserves, blackcurrant cordial, black cherry coulis and licorice with wafts of dried lavender, melted chocolate, charcuterie, black olives, truffles and camphor plus a hint of sandalwood. The full-bodied palate is completely filled with black fruits, exotic spices and earthy nuances with a firm foundation of ripe, grainy tannins and bold freshness, finishing with epic length and depth. So much more expressive and seductive than a lot of 2010s at this stage, and yet it is still incredibly youthful!

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


An absolutely amazing wine, from grapes harvested between the end of September and October 17, this blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot has close to 15% natural alcohol. It comes from one of the few biodynamic vineyards in Bordeaux, but you are likely to see many more, given the success that Tesseron seems to be having at all levels, both in his vineyards and in his fermentation/winemaking. An astounding, compelling wine with the classic Pauillac nose more often associated with its cross-street neighbor, Mouton-Rothschild, creme de cassis, there are also some violets and other assorted floral notes. The wine has off-the-charts massiveness and intensity but never comes across as heavy, overbearing or astringent. The freshness, laser-like precision, and full-bodied, massive richness and extract are simply remarkable to behold and experience. It is very easy, to become jaded tasting such great wines from a great vintage, but it is really a privilege to taste something as amazing as this. Unfortunately, it needs a good decade of cellaring, and that's assuming it doesn't close down over the next few years. This is a 50- to 75-year wine from one of the half-dozen or so most compulsive and obsessive proprietors in all of Bordeaux. Is there anything that proprietor Alfred Tesseron is not doing right? Talk about an estate that is on top of its game! Pontet-Canet's 2010 is a more structured, tannic and restrained version of their most recent perfect wine, the 2009. Kudos to Pontet-Canet!

Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #194 May 2011


Bottled in late July, the Pontet Canet has a very fragrant nose, with a touch more fruit intensity that its peers: raspberry, wild strawberry, a touch of cedar and pencil lead. It is very well defined, less flamboyant than the 2009, more a bouquet of precision and etiquette. The palate is medium-bodied with a tightly coiled, peppery entry. There is real density to this Pontet Canet: powerful, a little introverted, but very focused towards the structured finish. This will certainly be a long-term wine, the finish very long and so elegant. I actually prefer this stylistically to the 2009...but whatever rocks your boat. Gorgeous and classy. Tasted November 2012.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal Mar 2013

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