2005 Grand Pontet, St-Emilion
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Kudos to proprietress Sophie Porquet, who also makes the sensational Cotes de Castillon, Joanin-Becot. From this 35-acre vineyard she has fashioned a sensational blend of 70% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Her finest effort since taking over this property in 1999, the 2005 boasts a saturated purple color followed by notes of ripe blackberries, black currants, licorice, incense, chocolate, and espresso. Thick, highly-extracted flavors nearly obscure the elevated tannins. This big, serious, rich claret is meant to last for three decades or more. A great wine for the vintage, it is also a sleeper of the vintage given the fact that this estate remains under most consumer’s radar. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030+. (RP)
Intense aromas of crushed berry, toasty oak, coconut and milk chocolate lead to a full-bodied palate, with soft, velvety tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Stylish and voluptuous. Best after 2013.
Beautiful freshness of black fruit with some purity and style, elegant fruit concentration and well-integrated oak aromas. Very high and precise acidity with lots of ripe but fresh red and black fruit characters, spicy, and fine oak with some minerality, very elegant but has layers and shows complexity. Great potential and needs few more years beyond 2010 to develop and open up.
Sweet vanilla-edged black cherry. Richly fragrant and inviting. Then fine savoury, mineral depth. Fine tense structure. Dense, aromatic mid palate and long fresh finish. Very young but very well defined. (JH)