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Chateau Pontet-Canet, Pauillac 2017
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
A gorgeous, alluring Pauillac, the 2017 Pontet-Canet is racy and exceptionally polished, with floral top notes that bring out the natural brightness of the red-toned fruit. Super-silky tannins add to the wine's immediacy and sheer allure. Antonio Galloni, Vinous (95)
The 2017 Pontet-Canet offers attractive red berry fruit mixed with cedar and potpourri, underneath which lies subtle aromas of graphite that I would like to see a little more of as it matures in bottle. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins that render this one of the more approachable vintages in recent years. The cedar-infused black fruit is framed by fine tannins and a harmonious, graphite tinged finish. This Pontet-Canet should offer up to 20 years of drinking pleasure although it will be difficult to resist pulling the cork in its youth. Neal Martin, Vinous (93)
The 2017 was the first wine made with the new sorting table with half the fruit destemmed by hand. Visiting Pontet-Canet is like stepping back into another time where wines were made much more manually than they are today. Here that means manual punch downs and pump overs, with no electricity. The blend is 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. Aging was done 50% in new oak, 35% in amphora and 15% in one year-old oak.
Pontet-Canet is a 5eme Cru Classe, biodynamicially farmed estate located in the appellation of Pauillac. Alfred Tesseron owns and runs this sizeable estate, which covers 80ha adjoining the famous Mouton Rothschild. The terroir is elevated gravel and the vines are usually a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, yielding pure wines with a distinctively smoky edge. Quality has steadily climbed here since the mid-1990's and Pontet-Canet is now one of the most exciting and in vogue properties in the Medoc. With stringent fruit selection at harvest time and brand new, innovative cement fermentation tanks, Alfred is set to keep these wines at the forefront of modern Bordeaux.
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