Pontet Canet 2005
Tasting Notes Pontet Canet 2005
The work that Alfred Tesseron and his winemaking team have done at this estate since 1994 is remarkable. At this fabulous terroir just south of Mouton-Rothschild, Tesseron has made major investments, and instituted incredibly severe selections in both the vineyard and winery. The result is a succession of extraordinary wines. It is difficult to know whether the 2005 Pontet-Canet will ultimately eclipse the hedonism and density of the flamboyant 2003, but it is unquestionably a stunning effort. Inky/black-colored with a classic Pauillac perfume of licorice, black currant liqueur, graphite, cedar, and spice box, it is full-bodied, with magnificent concentration, formidable tannins, and an Arnold Schwartzenegger-like structure (when he was 25 years younger). This backward, formidably endowed 2005 will require patience. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2040.
Tasted single blind at Farr’s 2005 dinner in Hong Kong. This Pontet-Canet ’05 goes from strength to strength. Here it has a prodigious bouquet that to be honest, is a level above Lynch Bages, with startling clarity: crisp red berries, crushed stone, limestone and cassis. The palate is marked by svelte tannins and wonderful harmony and tension. Hints of graphite and brine interlace the finish that goes on and on. Top class. Tasted November 2011.