Pontet Canet 2000
Tasting Notes and Scores
Upgraded in score over my original rating, which was several points lower, Alfred Tesseron has done a remarkable job since 1994 with Pontet-Canet, which has been hitting first-growth levels since 2003. But the 2000 also shows exceptionally well. In need of another decade of cellaring, this dense purple wine has a classic nose of incense, charcoal, creme de cassis, and subtle new oak. Full-bodied, powerful, still very tannic, and shockingly backward, this is a big, rich wine that has put on weight and seems to need more time than I originally predicted. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2035+.
Tasted at Bordeaux Index’s Pontet-Canet dinner at The Ledbury. The millennial Pontet-Canet continues to offer that generous nose with black cherries, cassis, leather and sandalwood. Smooth on the entry, like the nose it is gently moving into its secondary phase. Quite linear and style, broad-shouldered with grippy tannins towards the finish, this deserves a few more years in bottle. Tasted February 2011.
--Wine Journal on erobertparker.com, 7th September 2011