2007 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac

SKU #1054152 95 points James Suckling

 Wow. Minerals, cedar, almost like warm stones in the heat. And then some spice. A wine that’s gorgeous, beautiful to taste now, but you know there’s so much more coming to it. Will be better in three to five years. But it’s already gorgeous—decant a couple hours in advance.  (7/2012)

94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Slowly the potential of this impressive wine is coming out. It is rich, the new wood flavors blending with the ripe blackberry sweetness and tight tannins. Chocolate flavor power through this concentrated wine. *Top 100 Wines of 2010. Editor's Choice* (RV)  (4/2010)

92 points Jeb Dunnuck

 From the infamous vintage where the estate was forced halt their push towards biodynamic certification due to an outbreak of rot in the vineyard, the 2007 Pontet Canet is nevertheless a fine effort and made in a more medium to full-bodied, elegant, silky style. Spice box, cedarwood, black cherries, and currant-like fruit notes all emerge from this charming, lightly textured Pauillac that has light, fine tannin, and a beautiful finish. It’s aging nicely and ready to go, yet will certainly keep for another decade.  (2/2018)

92 points Vinous

 Deep ruby-red. The nose shows an almost exotic ripeness but also a high-pitched quality to the aromas of fruitcake, graphite and spicy oak. Dense and intensely flavored but at the same time quite juicy and penetrating, with terrific lift to its dark fruit flavors. An out-performer for the vintage, this rather powerfully structured wine has a serious spine for aging. (ST)  (8/2010)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 On tasting, the 2007 Pontet-Canet has an upfront bouquet with (for the vintage) quite lavish red and black fruit tinged with violet and creme de cassis. The palate is sweet and opulent, displaying impressive concentration and a velvety blueberry and black cherry finish that lingers long in the mouth. You would never ascribe this to the 2007 vintage, a Pontet-Canet determined to overcome the limitations of the growing season. In a sense, it succeeds, yet it must sacrifice some of its Bordeaux typicité in the process. (NM)  (6/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Currant and dark licorice aromas follow through to a full body, with velvety tannins and a caressing finish. A beauty. Best after 2013. (JS)  (3/2010)

Jancis Robinson

 Sweet, spicy and dark fruited. Unusually ripe and sweet on the palate. Lots of spice, firmly textured and full of flavour. Not particularly elegant but full-flavoured and long without any herbaceousness and still a good life ahead. Impressive fruit depth. (JH) 16.5/20  (2/2017)

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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/3/2018 | Send Email
This wine was poured blind at a luncheon hosted by Alfred Tesseron at the chateau during the 2016 en primeur tastings last year. The crowd of wine professionals from around the globe was entirely stumped, never guessing they were enjoying the 2007 Pontet-Canet. Such incredible purity of fruit, so sweet, so ripe. Utterly charming. And, let's face it, an amazing value. A star of the vintage!

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/3/2018 | Send Email
This was Pontet Canet’s first vintage to go full biodynamic, which, given the difficult growing conditions, makes this bottle a “petit miracle.” What a beautiful nose! Black cherry, leather, violets, baked blueberries, a hint of toast. The fruit is still quite fresh and given the structure and balance, this bottle will age for years to come.

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/2/2018 | Send Email
What an incredible deal on this wine and producer when you consider the 2009 vintage of the same wine costs $200 more. While not the most lauded vintage, this wine is still absolutely incredible. It has a great balance of fruit and savoriness, good concentration, and some quintessential Bordeaux minerality to back it all up. The biodynamic practices exhibited by this winery may make vintage more difficult, but have improved the wine quality beyond bounds. This is a great deal and a standout from the 2007 vintage, not to be missed.
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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.


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- 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.