1995 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (1.5L) ( Millennium Edition)
Fabulous nose of crushed currants, blackberries and forest flowers. Full-bodied, with plenty of ripe fruit and silky tannins. This is really holding back. (2007)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
An old style Pauillac, yet made with far more purity and richness than the estate's ancient vintages, this broad-shouldered, muscular, classic wine exhibits a saturated purple color, and sensationally dense, rich, concentrated, cassis flavors that roll over the palate with impressive purity and depth. The wine is tannic and closed, but powerful and rich. It appears to possess length and intensity similar to the 1996. This is a great young Pauillac. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2025. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Dark ruby-red. Black- and redcurrants and smoke on the nose; less oak-spicy today than the '96. Silky and harmonious but currently rather withdrawn. Not quite as sweet as the '96. Here the substantial toothcoating tannins come across as somewhat tougher, but there enough sheer extract for balance. Interestingly, this backward, rather powerful wine suggests the structure and grip of cabernet, while the silkier mouth feel of the '96 suggests a high percentage of merlot. (ST)
Boissenot consulted then. 37% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon. Mid to light crimson. Light gravelly nose. Sweet start, then quite dusty tannins but an interesting wine with a real fruity core and structure. Round and satisfying. 17.5/20 points.
**Special release commemorating the Millennium. Raised glass is guilded with the year 2000 and a shooting star. 2000 bottles released in the year 2000. The wine is from the 1995 vintage.