2013 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)
*Cellar Selection* This wine is so rich, with generous black plum and berry fruits. It has a structure that is full, ripe and that will sustain the fruitiness of the wine over many years. The sensation is of velvet, with some force behind it. This remarkable wine will develop well, over the medium-term and then age for many years. (RV)
You really want to drink this the minute you taste it with chocolate, walnut and cedar aromas and flavors. Full to medium body, very refined and flavorful. Seamless structure. Stone, currant leaf and tobacco.
Fine depth and purity of fruit that comes from the inside in a Burgundian manner, beautiful precision, balance and length. (SS)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, this biodynamically farmed vineyard (a rarity, but increasing in the Bordeaux viticulture), had tiny yields of 15 hectoliters per hectare. This doesn’t translate into super concentration, but this is certainly an outstanding effort in an extremely difficult vintage. The wine has a dense purple color, and classic creme de cassis, licorice and mocha and espresso roast notes that Pontet-Canet has displayed recently. The wine is medium-bodied, possesses excellent purity, equilibrium and sweet, but noticeable tannin. This is by no means at the level of the great vintages that have been so common of late from this incredible property on the Plateau of Pauillac across from Mouton Rothschild, but it’s certainly one of the vintage’s more noteworthy efforts. (RP)
Mushy red fruit that reminds me of great Pinot. Fantastic sweet vanilla oak and really broad, brooding nose. The palate doesn’t quite match the nose for complexity – but that may well come, and the balance is really accomplished – supple tannins, medium body, high, integrated acid. But it’s the nose that really distinguishes this wine. Tremendous. 18/20 points. (RH)
The first major Bordeaux property to open their 2013 price. Always one of the best wines in Bordeaux. Only 50% production this year so the wine is quite limited in availability, and it's about one third the price of the 2009. Barrel Tasting: Exotic aromas of Asian spice and red fruits. Quite delicious and one of better wines tasted so far. Mid-term ager with round, ripe tannins. A blend of 30% Merlot, 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.