2013 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1158121 93-95 points Wine Enthusiast

 Barrel Sample. This wine is very true to the vintage. It has an attractive fragrance and great fruit purity, along with touches of wood and black currant. It is a fine wine, while showing the lightness of the year.  (4/ 2014)

92-93 points James Suckling

 An aromatic wine with a delicacy and suppleness that is exceptional for the vintage with blackberry, mineral, spice and flower character. Very fine tannins. Seamless structure. It’s a wine that makes you want to drink it with its pleasant savory, fruity character. Harmonious.  (4/ 2013)

90-92 points 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. Give it 2-3 years of bottle age and drink it over the following 15 or so years.  (8/ 2014)

89-92 points Wine Spectator

 A lovely, aromatic expression of fresh plum, just-warmed cherry confiture and violet, giving way to a very supple, gentle feel as the silky tannins let the red and blue fruits glide through. Quite pretty and stylish, and a 180-degree turn from the 2011 in style. Very light, pure and balanced. A true display of the vintage. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Tasted non-blind.  (4/ 2014)

Jancis Robinson

 (listed in "most impressive" of 2013, 18/20 points; drink 2018-28; RH)  (4/ 2014)

K&L Notes

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.

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By: Alex Pross |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/14/2014  | Send Email
*** This is sure to be one of the more controversial wines of the vintage. From barrel it was super floral and intoxicating on the nose, with complex plum and spice cake notes that gave it almost a minced meat pie--Zinfandel-esque, unlikely as that sounds!--quality, with boysenberry and blackberry fruit on the palate. It comes together, however, and finishes with harmony and elegance. This could turn out to be great.

By: Trey Beffa |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/14/2014  | Send Email
This wine has a crazy nose. My first thought was a young J. Swan Zinfandel - that is how ripe this wine was in the nose. In the mouth it calms down a bit, revealing its Cabernet backbone and displaying surprising freshness and acidity. This is a very interesting wine that should drink well young. 91-93 points.

By: Ralph Sands |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 5/14/2014  | Send Email
Huge layers of silky, ripe black fruits and the fact that it smells like Zinfandel define this wine! Behind all of this fruit is brisk acidity and a long finish. This wine will be controversial, but it is undeniably super tasty! *½

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/3/2014  | Send Email
94 points. Drink this while you're waiting for your 2009 and 2010 to age.

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

France

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Bordeaux

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Pauillac

- Pauillac is probably the most famous village in Bordeaux. Located between St. Julien and St. Estephe, it has more of the top ranked chateau than the other four appellations of the Haut Medoc. This area has three of the five premier cru classe wineries: Lafite Rothschild, Latour, and Mouton Rothschild. There are two of the top second-growths (Pichon Lalande and Pichon Baron) as well as several outstanding fourth and fifth-growth chateaux including Lynch Bages. Because of the gravely soils and great drainage, Pauillac has the ideal conditions to grow great Cabernet Sauvignon. The wines from this village are some of the longest-lived in Bordeaux.