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Pontet Canet 2020 (750ML)

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98 JS / 96-98+ WI / 96-98 WE / 97 JA / 96 DE / 95-97 VM

Aromas of blackcurrants and black cherries with hints of crushed walnuts, grilled thyme, cocoa powder and graphite. It’s full-bodied with layers of ultra-fine, silky tannins that elegantly coat your palate, allowing the juicy and vibrant fruit to shine. Delicate and pristine, yet compact with lots of energy and power to uncover in the coming years. It lasts for minutes and is delicious now. The purity of fruit is really impressive. 60% cabernet sauvignon, 32% merlot, 4% cabernet franc and 4% petit verdot. 50% new oak 15% old oak and 35% concrete amphorae. Try after 2027. - James Suckling

The 2020 Pontet-Canet, a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petit Verdot, was tasted as a barrel sample. Deep garnet-purple colored, it gallops out with energetic scents of warm cassis, blueberry pie, and Morello cherries, plus suggestions of pencil lead, damp soil, and crushed rocks with an alluring waft of jasmine tea. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated, and oh so decadent, it is built like a brick house with firm, grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and spicy. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Independent

Barrel Sample. Aromatic black currant and spice aromas give way to a wine that has richness while having impressive balance. The freshness shines with tannins that give a velvet character to the wine's texture. The fruitiness should not deceive from its longevity, so age this wine for many years. Organic and biodynamic. - RV, Wine Enthusiast

Great quality, evident from the first moment. Velvety tannins with grain and muscles, fresh and powerful blackberry and cassis fruits, with the hawthorm, hedgerow edge that speaks of Pontet Canet's earthy, heartfelt unfussiness, while still delivering the graphite, cigar box and mint leaf of Pauillac. Harvest Spetember 14 to 30. Mathieu Bessonnet's first vintage as technical director. He spent 15 years with Michel Chapoutier on his (biodynamically farmed) estates in Australia and Alsace before working alongside Jean-Michel Comme at Pontet. 50% new oak, 35% amphoras, 15% one-year barrels. - Jane Anson, Inside Bordeaux

Pure black and red berry fruit, very primary as a barrel sample, as expected. At 13% alcohol, it comes across as rather opulent, with tannins somewhat foreboding at this very early stage, which is normal. What impresses is the pristine and pure fruit; a very juicy expression that exudes both density and finesse on the long finish. Bravo!
Drinking Window 2026 - 2070 - PK, Decanter

The 2020 Pontet-Canet is captivating effort from the Tesseron family. The intensely perfumed, savory bouquet is immediately alluring. Deep and substantial, the 2020 is luxuriously rich from start to finish. Swaths of incisive tannin wrap around a core of dark red cherry fruit, gravel, dried herbs and rose petal, and a whole range of floral and savory accents lend aromatic presence. The Pontet-Canet is often a charmer en primeur, but the 2020 comes across as quite serious. I can't wait to see how it develops. As always, one of the signatures of Pontet-Canet is a high proportion of Merlot vis-à-vis its peers among top Left Bank châteaux that lends tremendous midpalate weight. In 2020 production is within historical norms. Mildew pressure was high, but not as severe as in 2018, when two-thirds of the crop was lost in a single day. Harvest took place September 14–30, a bit more of a compact time frame than normal, and a good 7–10 days earlier than is typically the case. Aged in 50% new oak, 35% amphora and 15% once-used barrels.- Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

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