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2016 Pontet Canet

By Chateau Pontet Canet

2016 Pontet Canet from Chateau Pontet Canet, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

The 2016 vintage at the prestigious Chateau Pontet Canet in Pauillac is one where nature favoured the vintner with near-perfect conditions, allowing for an expression of the estate’s commitment to biodynamic viticulture that is nothing short of sublime. The season brought about a wine that marvellously encapsulates both the power and finesse achievable in this storied appellation.


Spotlight on a Stellar Vintage

In the 2016 Pontet Canet, there lies a narrative of a harmonious growing season in Bordeaux. This particular year was marked by a long, dry summer that ended with just enough rain to bring the grape clusters to ideal ripeness. The wine showcases a painstaking balance, profound depth and an enchanting bouquet, attributes one seeks in a collectable investment-grade exemplar.


Investment Worthy Elegance

The remarkable finesse of the tannins within the 2016 Pontet Canet from Chateau Pontet Canet suggests an uncanny approachability in its youth, yet it clearly possesses the structure needed to evolve magnificently over time. Fine wine investors would recognise the potential longevity and pedigree of this Pauillac – hallmarks which contribute significantly to its stature as one of the most investable wines from this renowned Bordeaux estate.

On approaching this multifaceted gem, one's palate is treated to a ballet of dark fruit notes intertwined with hints of graphite and fresh tobacco. The integration of oak—subtle and sophisticated—allows for an elegant framework that supports without ever dominating the robust melange of flavours.

In summary, the 2016 Pontet Canet from Chateau Pontet Canet exemplifies a splendid realisation of what dedicated winemaking amidst benevolent skies can beget. It is an eloquent addition to any investor's collection, promising the allure of refinement and reward in equal measure.

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Vivid and full of energy with blackberry, currant and salt. Full body, intense and long. Harmony. Purpose. Classicism. The mineral and currant character is all year. A seamless tannin texture. Great wine. You want to drink it now!

James Suckling -, April 4th 2017


Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2016 Pontet-Canet hits the ground running with a hedonic nose of Black Forest cake, crème de cassis and blueberry pie plus suggestions of candied violets, hoisin, chocolate mint, charcuteries and forest floor with a waft of star anise. Full-bodied, rich, profoundly layered and powerfully fruited, the palate is built like a brick house, with very firm, super ripe, grainy tannins and harmonious freshness, finishing with incredible length and depth. Still incredibly primary and yet already strutting so many layers, I wouldn't be at all surprised if this warrants the three-digit score in a few years' time.

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


Very dark crimson. More savoury and sumptuous than many of its neighbours. Blackberry compote and very round and rich and satiny. Very round. Almost too sweet but that is to complain needlessly. Already rich and enjoyable but masses of tannins too. Long and throbbing. Excellent with freshness and cleanliness and round. Pretty sweet though so it's a definite style. 

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