1998 Grand Pontet, St-Emilion

SKU #993411 90-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The finest Grand Pontet yet tasted, the saturated black/purple-colored 1998 offers a knock-out nose of nearly overripe blackberry fruit, kirsch liqueur, licorice, smoke, and toasty new oak. Full-bodied, powerful, and rich, with impressive equilibrium, this concentrated, deep wine will be even better after another 2-3 years of bottle age. It will last for 15-16 years. Impressive! Grand Pontet is undervalued in today's wine market, a rarity for Bordeaux. (RP)  (4/2000)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Black licorice and blackberry on the nose. Full in body and tannins, but soft and voluptuous. Long finish. A château on the rise. Best after 2006. 5,415 cases made.  (1/2001)

K&L Notes

A fabulous Right Bank vintage and this wine is a true bargain in old and rare wines. (Clyde Beffa, K&L) K&L's notes - A ripe, sweet, and delicious wine with great balance. Comes from an appellation that's getting a lot of attention in '98. The property is just north of the center of St. Emilion. Easy to like, this wine has lots of toasty, vanillan oak aroma and sweet ripe blackberry fruit. Flashy style. Good value.

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Staff Image By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/22/2009 | Send Email
This wine is silky and soft - elegant. Great perfumey nose with hints of toast and vanilla. Perfect now.

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Specific Appellation:

Saint Emilion