2011 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)
The fruit is very pure with a great depth of flavor. This wine has weight, and intense flavors of dark plum and sweet fruit. Impressive.
A wine with lots of ripe berries, verging on dried fruits. Full and chewy with ripe, round, chewy tannins. It needs lots of bottle age. A wine of steel. From biodynamically grown grapes, as always. Better than from barrel. Try in 2018.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Once again proprietor Alfred Tesseron has produced a wine of first-growth potential. One of the superstars of the vintage, Pontet-Canet's 2011 exhibits an opaque purple color and a glorious bouquet of incense, subtle toast and copious quantities of creme de cassis. There is a floral underpinning, decent acidity and ripe tannin to this full-bodied effort. Big, rich, round and generously endowed, it should drink well for 20-25+ years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep, opaque ruby. Rich aromas of blackberry, black cherry and minerals are lifted by a perfumed minty note. Multilayered and vibrant, with compelling sweetness of black fruit cocktail, spicy vanilla and mineral flavors. Finishes with very smooth tannins, a persistent violet note and an impression of weightlessness. I love this wine's purity, but I don't know if my sample had any press wine in it.
A big, broad-shouldered style, with lots of bittersweet cocoa and coffee up front, followed by thick-textured blackberry and black currant fruit. Shows a bit more brute force than purity right now, though hard to deny the concentration and depth. Could move up if it stretches out and gains some finesse.
**˝ 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot. In the running for wine of the vintage from the Médoc. Black color and aromas of blackberries and vanilla oak. Some orange peel undertones. Lots going on here. Seamless wine. Great for the vintage. Trey: Inky dark color, roasted black coffee aromas, very ripe, slightly alcoholic nose. Spicy, with a very fleshy texture--the tannins are silky and ripe. This will be an earlier drinker. It seems quite elegant and fleshy, and it tastes good now. 92-94 points. AP: Okay, so you're upset that you can no longer afford the First Growths. Settle for this Fifth Growth that is producing wines capable of challenging the Firsts, but at a fair price--usually between $100 and $175. Floral and bright, this wine has amazing energy. Vibrant blackberry flavors, layered and lush. This wine is so seamless and so full, with vibrant fruit and energy, dusty tannins and flavors of bright berries, menthol and tobacco. There's precision and density here.