2001 Pontet Canet, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good red-ruby color. Sexy, highly aromatic nose combines black raspberry, licorice, mint, minerals and flowers. Classy, bright Pauillac, with suave dark berry and mineral flavors nicely shaped by firm acidity. Offers early sex appeal but has the structure for a long life in bottle. Finishes with ripe, spreading tannins and excellent grip and length.
Enticing blackberry and licorice character, with a tiny bit of tobacco. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a serious finish. Best after 2007
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
One of the great estates of the Medoc, Pontet-Canet has enjoyed increasing attention as well as a draconian selection process by owner Albert Tesseron ever since his breakthrough vintage of 1994. The 2001 does not possess the power of the 2000 or the huge 2003, but it is still a very fine albeit tannic, lighter wine. A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, and small percentages of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it was produced from modest yields of 37 hectoliters per hectare. Revealing classic cassis aromas, medium to full body, a firm structure with plenty of finesse, a closed personality, and dominant as well as intrusive tannin, it should age well for 12-20 years, but patience will be required. Certainly the concentration appears up to the level of the tannin. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2017.
Very solid, thick Pauillac nose. Lots of matter here. This is the Ghislaine Barthod of the Médoc! Masses of density though not a lot of lift. Fresh finish. 17/20 points.
K&L's notes notes - 65% Cabernet, 25% Merlot, 5.5% Cab Franc, .5% Petit Verdot, 4% ?? Spicy wine. Curry and cumin aromas at property, more spice at Joanne, exotic, sexy, oriental spices on the nose at UGC tasting. Rich and big middle fruit flavors. Round and lush. Great wine. Buy it. Merlot shines through. As good as their 2000.