2015 Pontet Canet
By Chateau Pontet Canet
2015 Pontet Canet from Château Pontet Canet, Pauillac, Bordeaux
The remarkable 2015 vintage from Château Pontet Canet is a symphony of equilibrium and precision. In a year where Bordeaux was blessed with an exceptional climate, the 2015 Pontet Canet stands as a testament to the virtuosity of winemaking and the alchemic interplay of nature's elements.
The Quintessence of 2015 Captured
Walking through the terroir-laden landscape of Pauillac in 2015, one would note that the season unfurled under auspicious conditions. A quintessential year for wine investors seeking finesse and robustness, the harmoniously warm days and cool nights coalesced to cultivate grapes brimming with potential.
Diving into its aromatic spectrum, the 2015 Pontet Canet reveals layers upon layers—foraged blackberries, cigar box, and truffles dance amongst hints of graphite—all testament to the superior Pauillac terroir. The exquisite balance between potent tannins and vivacious acidity presents itself as an embodiment of an investment piece with remarkable ageing capacity.
Taste and Structure: An Investment Connoisseur’s Dream
On the palate, this liquid jewel unfolds graciously—grace notes of crème de cassis follow through an opulent yet meticulously structured performance. The crescendo builds to a finish redolent with dark fruit compote, underpinned by a judicious touch of French oak that whispers tales of its 16 months in barriques. As time unfolds, these nuances will only deepen, adding layers and complexity worthy of both discerning collectors and investors alike.
Championing biodynamic principles, Château Pontet Canet in 2015 harnessed their devotion to natural processes to render a wine that is not only an echo of its illustrious terroir but also a bold statement in sustainable viticulture—certainly enhancing its allure in investment circles.
In summing up the epochal 2015 Pontet Canet, it prevails as one of the vinous highlights out of Bordeaux—a shining beacon that distinguishes itself through impeccable breeding and the unrivalled elegance that has become synonymous with Château Pontet Canet. One anticipates this vintage to be an enduring triumph in cellars, craftily weaving together prosperity, pleasure, and prestige.
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Scores and tasting notes
This is very fine and silky with a beautiful vivid blackberry and blueberry character. Super polished tannins. Refined and very, very long. Fabulous harmony to this young wine. Very classic Bordeaux. Superb depth and length. Real Bordeaux.
James Suckling - jamessuckling.com
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Pontet-Canet comes charging out of the glass with fantastically expressive notes of black cherry preserves, black raspberries and blackcurrant pastilles plus touches of kirsch, wilted roses, tobacco, camphor and cinnamon stick with a waft of fragrant soil. Full bodied, the palate is laden with black and red fruit layers, supported by very firm, very finely grained tannins and provocative freshness, finishing with incredible length and stunningly perfumed.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown - The Wine Advocate, 29 May 2020
The 2015 Pontet Canet was tasted on two occasions around two weeks apart and I noticed a superior showing the second time around. This year is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot that was picked from 18 September apropos the Merlot and from 28 September for the Cabernet, finishing on 3 October. It is matured in 50% new oak, 35% concrete and 15% one-year-old barrels. It has a pure and perfumed bouquet with small dark cherries, red plum and subtle violet scents, perhaps a little Margaux-like in style, the second showing demonstrating a little more red fruit character. The palate is medium-bodied with a slightly grainy texture on the entry. There is nicely judged acidity here, moderate depth, very supple tannin that lend this a silky texture. There is modest weight towards the second half, perhaps spicier than some of its Pauillac peers with an edgy, lightly peppered finish. It is an intriguing and complex, almost mercurial Pontet-Canet, a wine that I suspect will gain more weight during its élevage. Afford this 5-8 years in bottle and you should have a delicious, intellectual Pontet-Canet on your hands.
Neal Martin - eRobertParker.com, #224, April 2016
The thick skins of the 2015 grapes made it easier to be organic and biodynamic when the rains came in late August, according to winemaker, Jean-Michel Comme. This is certainly a very serious, concentrated Pontet-Canet with compact, almost Italianate tannins, plenty of oak and layers of dark, plummy fruit. The finish is just a tad dry perhaps. Drink: 2022-35
Tim Atkin - timatkin.com
50% new oak. 35% amphora. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3%Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. Picked relatively early, 18 September to 3 October, because they ripen earlier. Dark purplish crimson. Very ripe start and then rather drying tannins on the end. Wild and lively but a little bit heavy. I'm looking for a little more freshness. There's austerity and astringency (because of the amphorae influence?) but I'm not sure it compensates for the lack of acidity. Savoury, salty finish. Distinctive.
Jancis Robinson - jancisrobinson.com