Pontet Canet 2004

Pauillac, Fifth Growth

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Tasting Notes

Very dark crimson. Correct and chock full of fruit and power. Perhaps a little less polished than the non-kosher version? But very recognisably Pauillac. Gamey. Youthful and concentrated. (16.5+ Points)

Score: 16 - 17

Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com Maturity: 2012-2020 22 April 2011

Tasted at Berry Bros. vertical in London. The bouquet is obviously less intense than the 2005. Blackberry, black plum, violets, a touch of undergrowth, liquorice and there in the background is a mote of hoi sin. Superb definition and very refined, developing a candied bouquet with time. The palate is medium-bodied, very pure with superb tension. There are notes of blackberry, cassis, blueberry and bilberry, wonderful balance, but the finish is still tannic and tightly-coiled. This is a Pauillac with real panache and style although would give this 5-6 years cellaring. Drink 2011-2025. Tasted October 2009.

Score: 93

Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com Maturity: 2011-2025 01 January 2010

Backward and powerful for the vintage, this blue/purple-colored 2004 exhibits classic creme de cassis, smoke, incense, and spring flower characteristics. Medium to full-bodied, dense, and excruciatingly tannic, this impressively endowed Pauillac is built for the long haul. However, patience will be required. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2025+.

Score: 90

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com Maturity: 2014-2025 01 June 2007

The 2004 Pontet-Canet has an inky/purple color and a classic nose of sweet creme de cassis, cedar, and spice box. It is medium to full-bodied, structured, quite tannic, but also impressively deep and full. This wine will need 7-10 years of cellaring and last for 20-30 years.

Score: 90 - 93

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com Maturity: 2013-2036 01 June 2006

A brilliant effort from proprietor Alfred Tesseron, Pontet-Canet’s 2004 may ultimately prove to be a better wine than its more famous neighbor, Mouton Rothschild. Medium to full-bodied with a classic creme de cassis-scented perfume, sweet fruit, ripe tannin, tremendous purity, and a personality that suggests no manipulation, no nonsense, and hard work in both the vineyard and winery, this beautiful Pauillac should age for 2-3 decades. It is one of the most concentrated and potentially long-lived wines of the vintage. Is it as good as the 2000, 1996, and 1995? Probably not, but it is a noteworthy effort for the vintage.

Score: 92 - 94

Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, RobertParker.com Maturity: 2005-2035 30 April 2005

Good ruby-red. Currant, black raspberry, cocoa powder and graphite on the nose. Silky on entry, then impressively sweet in the middle palate, with classic Pauillac flavors of currant, chocolate and graphite dominating. This boasts the sharp focus of the vintage's best examples but can't quite match the 2006 for consistent ripeness and mid-palate depth. Tannins are quite firm and in need of six or seven years of patience. (91+ points)

Score: 91

Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar 01 May 2007

Shows beautiful aromas of crushed berries and currant, with hints of mineral. Full-bodied, with lovely currant, licorice and mint. Long and caressing. Very refined and balanced. Another winner from Pontet-Canet. Best after 2011. 25,000 cases made.

Score: 93

James Suckling, Wine Spectator Maturity: 2011+ 31 March 2007