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Château Pontet-Canet, 2023

Château Pontet-Canet, 2023

Château Pontet-Canet | Bordeaux, France | 75cl
  • Red Still
  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
  • Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
Regular price £395.00
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"One of the wines of the vintage" according to Jane Anson, who awards a highest-ever potential 100 points, Pontet-Canet has just been released with a 27% discount, guaranteed to send demand through the roof.

Alongside Jane Anson's 98-100 there's another 97-98 points from James Suckling, 96-98 from the Wine Advocate and 97-99 from Lisa Perrotti-Brown, who declares effusively that this is "a beautifully poised, tightly packed powerhouse that promises to keep the firework displays bedazzling collectors for many years to come".

Neighbour to Mouton Rothschild, Pontet-Canet was the Left Bank’s first fully biodynamic exponent, with the heavy work done by horse, a practice near unique in Bordeaux; certainly for any estate of its size and stature. It was also one of the first to embrace ageing partially in amphorae as well as oak. Clearly the results are paying dividends and the 2023 is the finest release from the estate in well over a decade.
Bravo.

What the critics say:

98-100/100Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux

"A wine to convince you of the quality and ripeness of Cabernet Sauvignon in Pauillac in this 2023 vintage, showcasing superbly supple tannins, great balance, depth and savoury blue and black fruit character, bitter cocoa bean, freshly cut herbs, black tea, fennel, all vivid and with purity of character. There is density here but it is not overt, with heightened raspberry leaf, peony and violet aromatics. Vinified in the newly-completed section of the cellars, in egg-shaped wooden vats and sunken qveri-style clay vats. 50% new oak for ageing, with 35% amphora and 15% one year old barrels. One of the wines of the vintage."

97-99/100Lisa Perrotti-Brown, The Wine Independent

"The 2023 Pontet-Canet is deep garnet-purple in color. Notes of juicy blueberries, black cherries, and blackcurrant jelly spill from the glass, giving way to nuances of violets, black truffle, fertile loam, and mossy tree bark with a hint of cardamom. The medium-bodied palate is so, so silky, elegant, and fine, with perfumed black and blue fruit layers and beautiful tension, finishing long with lots of shimmery mineral and floral sparkles. The blend is 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot, aged in 50% new oak, 35% amphorae, and 15% used barrels. With an alcohol this year of just 13.8%, this is a beautifully poised, tightly packed powerhouse that promises to keep the firework displays bedazzling collectors for many years to come."

97-98/100James Suckling

"A very structured Pontet-Canet that expands in the mouth with a gorgeous combination of beautifully ripe fruit and intense tannins. Very structured for the vintage. Full-bodied with excellent presence and length. So much raw pencil shavings to the blackcurrants. Graphite and tar. Fresh and vivid. They picked cabernet at the right time at the end of September. 52% cabernet sauvignon, 39% merlot, 6% cabernet franc and 3% petit verdot."

96-98/100Yohan Castaing, Wine Advocate

"With the 2023 vintage, this estate has crafted a wine of unprecedented aromatic intensity and precision that marks a significant evolution. Revealing an elegant, fresh bouquet of mulberries and cassis mingled with notions of violets, gentian and menthol, the 2023 Pontet-Canet is medium to full-bodied, seamless and multidimensional, with a pure and precise core of fruit that's framed by ultra-refined tannins and a powerful but controlled profile, concluding with long, mineral, licorice-inflected finish. It's the result of more daring harvest decisions than in previous years: By picking the Merlot earlier to highlight fresh, fruity notes rather than baked, sun-kissed flavors and simultaneously delaying the Cabernet Sauvignon harvest until after September 28 to refine tannins, the 2023 Pontet-Canet marks a significant evolution at this renowned estate. At this early stage, its élevage appears to be more discreet, too. This wine, which I'd be delighted to own, is a blend of 52% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot, matured in 50% new oak barrels, 35% amphorae and 15% once-used barrels."

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