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2011 Pontet Canet

By Chateau Pontet Canet

2011 Pontet Canet from Chateau Pontet Canet, Pauillac, Bordeaux

With a heritage deeply rooted in the gravels of Pauillac, the 2011 vintage from Chateau Pontet Canet gracefully champions the complexities this renowned estate can display. Labouring under conditions that tested the mettle of even the most storied terroirs, this vintage emerged triumphant, a testament to the winery's unwavering commitment to viticultural prowess.


Elegance Amidst Adversity: The Vintage's Victory

The 2011 growing season presented a svelte silhouette amidst challenges, serving an early flowering followed by an arduous combination of drought and cool August spells. It demanded precision and care from vineyards across Bordeaux. Yet, as if an emblem of resilience, this vintage from Chateau Pontet Canet articulates its narrative with velveteen tannins and a resonance that piques the interest of any discerning investor in fine wines.


An Investment Worthy of Connoisseurship

Notwithstanding the hurdles of its birth year, the 2011 Pontet Canet dances on the palate with a poised balance of dark fruit and gallant acidity. Its organic and biodynamic upbringing whispers into the glass - a harmony of environmental stewardship fused with classic Pauillac structure. Unassuming at first glance yet unveiling layers upon decanting; cassis, truffle, and hints of cedar age into a composition that would intrigue any passionate investor with a penchant for wines that have triumphed over tribulation.

The performance of the 2011 vintage is nothing short of impressive considering the climatic caprices. In its current stage, the wine exudes potential for further depth and complexity with proper cellaring. As such, it represents an absorbing opportunity for investment – a thoughtful addition to portfolios crafted with appreciation for wines that speak their truth through seasons and soils.


Encapsulating Time and Terroir

Ultimately, this offering from Chateau Pontet Canet is an articulate witness to the symbiosis between human intent and nature's will—a Pauillac standing firmly in calm defiance to 2011’s regional challenges. It suggests not just a nuanced sip for today but one which promises evolving conversations in years to come. For those seeking to imbue their collection with both character and temporal grace, investing in the 2011 Pontet Canet honours this pursuit resplendently.

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A wine with lots of ripe berries, verging on dried fruits. Full and chewy with ripe, round, chewy tannins. It needs lots of bottle age. A wine of steel. From biodynamically grown grapes, as always. Better than from barrel. Try in 2018.

James Suckling -, January 28th 2014


A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, the 2011 Pontet Canet has a voluptuous bouquet with saturated dark cherry fruit, creme de cassis and a touch of blueberry with underlying minerality. It is exuberant, almost ostentatious at first, but it begins to calm down with time. The palate is medium-bodied with firm structured cloaked by layers of ripe black fruit infused with minerals and graphite. It is a quite a strict Pontet Canet underneath what is a hell of a lot of fruit for a 2011. The finish is composed with a touch of citrus fruit towards the finish. Amazing that such a good wine comes from 90% of the crop. Tasted April 2012.

Neal Martin - Wine Journal May 2012


Deep garnet in color, the 2011 Pontet-Canet comes bounding out of the glass with exuberant notes of redcurrant jelly, warm cassis and blackberry pie plus touches of dried mint, mocha, smoked meats and yeast extract with a waft of pencil lead. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has bags of energy with lively red and black fruits and compelling mineral accents, finishing long with a provocative lift.

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


Proprietor Alfred Tesseron-s 2011 Pontet-Canet is packaged in an engraved, heavy bottle, which only adds to the attractiveness of this beauty. A dense purple color is accompanied by notes of forest floor, acacia flowers and creme de cassis in this full, rich, and unequivocally classic Pauillac. With soft but noticeable tannins as well as a complete, full-bodied mouthfeel, this 2011 will benefit from 3-4 years of cellaring, and should age effortlessly for 15-20 years. Bravo!

Robert Parker Jr - Wine Advocate #212 Apr 2014

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