Pontet Canet 1996
Tasting Notes Pontet Canet 1996
I was shocked by how backward the 1996 Pontet-Canet was on the three occasions I tasted it in January. This wine possesses superb potential, but it appears a decade's worth of patience will be necessary. The color is a saturated dark purple. With coaxing, the wine offers aromas of black currant jam intertwined with minerals, sweet oak, and spice. A full-bodied wine, it possesses layered, concentrated, sweet fruit, with an elevated level of ripe tannin. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2035.
Tasted at Bordeaux Index's Pontet-Canet dinner at The Ledbury. The 1996 has that classic Pauillac nose of cedar and graphite, here showing signs of chestnut, savouriness that I have not noticed before. The palate is well balanced but certainly not as cohesive or as ambitious as ensuing vintages. Just a touch of truffle now coming through on the savoury finish. Drink now-2015. Tasted February 2011.