2006 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac

SKU #1048780 95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Tight and unyielding at the moment, but with great pedigree, great texture and definition, this has lots of life to come. Poised and impactful, with juicy and mouthwatering fruit. Punches far above the weight of the vintage, one of those get-a-straw-in-the-glass wines: among the best of the tasting. Here tension rises, and your mouth waters on the finish. This is delicate but punchy, with perfect balance. (JA) Inner quote mark (6/2016)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2006 Château Pontet-Canet has an extremely pure, vivacious, perfumed bouquet with crushed violets infusing the blueberry and blackberry fruit. But it is all about the detail and precision in this wine. The palate is medium-bodied with a gentle grip in the mouth: lightly toasted black fruit, dried orange peel, cedar and a pinch of white pepper. This feels very cohesive and poised with just a touch of mint entering right on the finish. What a great wine from Alfred Tesseron and Jean-Michel Comme. (NM) Inner quote mark (5/2016)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Inky cassis, black raspberry, graphite and pungent minerality on the very ripe nose. Dense, rich and silky, with a brooding inky minerality and an almost liqueur-like dark fruit sweetness leavened by a savory peppery element. This very ripe, deep and concentrated wine boasts wonderful lushness without any undue weight thanks to its sheer energy. Like its neighbor Mouton-Rothschild, Pontet-Canet's 2006 conveys a powerful impression of soil character. Finishes with serious dusty tannins and superb lingering sweetness. Should be long-lived. (ST) Inner quote mark (6/2009)

93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This red is now soft and fruity with plum, berry and mineral character. It’s full-bodied with fine tannins and a gorgeous finish. Inner quote mark (7/2013)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Blackberry, currant and plum tart aromas lead to a full body, with a solid core of fruit, sweet fruit and silky tannins. Generous and round, with lovely richness for the vintage. (JS) Inner quote mark (3/2009)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark At this early stage in its development, this wine shows more structure than richness. The tannins are fully developed, dark and dense. The complexity is there, but the fruit and the elegance are still to come—and that suggests good aging potential. (RV) Inner quote mark (3/2009)


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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/11/2020 | Send Email
Drinking beautifully now but with a long life ahead, the '06 is currently a dark and chewy wine with a dense mid-palate and a firm, dry finish. Lively aromas of violets and black fruits are poised and refined yet the body is round and meaty with substantial tannins and a persistent finish. A huge success for the vintage.

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