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2009 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1055215 100 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark A consistently perfect wine every time I've had it, the 2009 Château Pontet-Canet is the greatest wine from this address to date as well as one of the greatest Pauillacs out there. Still youthfully ruby/purple and with a gorgeous perfume of blackcurrants, lead pencil, graphite, crushed rocks, and damp earth, it's still youthful but is just now starting to show more nuance and complexity. Full-bodied on the palate, with a powerful, concentrated mid-palate, incredible depth of fruit, and flawless balance, Bordeaux simply does not get any better. Inner quote mark (11/2020)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark An amazing wine in every sense, this classic, full-bodied Pauillac is the quintessential Pontet Canet from proprietor Alfred Tesseron, who continues to reduce yields and farms his vineyards biodynamically a rarity in Bordeaux. Black as a moonless night, the 2009 Pontet Canet offers up notes of incense, graphite, smoke, licorice, creme de cassis and blackberries. A wine of irrefutable purity, laser-like precision, colossal weight and richness, and sensational freshness, this is a tour de force in winemaking that is capable of lasting 50 or more years. The tannins are elevated, but they are sweet and beautifully integrated as are the acidity, wood and alcohol (which must be in excess of 14%). This vineyard, which is situated on the high plateau of Pauillac adjacent to Mouton Rothschild, appears to have done everything perfectly in 2009. (RP) Inner quote mark (2/2012)

99 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark A superb wine, with the purest fruit, great freshness and ripeness. It is certainly structured with dry tannins, but the blackcurrant freshness is all there. The wine has a great limpid, flowing feel, but also power. (RV) Inner quote mark (8/2010)

98 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Stunning aromas of fresh flowers, with blueberries, blackberries and currants that follow through to a full body, with super balance and finesse. The tannins are super polished. Such class here. Best ever from here. From biodynamically grown grapes. Inner quote mark (2/2012)

96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Bright, full ruby. Pure, vibrant aromas of cassis, blackberry, blueberry, licorice, graphite and leather. Like liquid velvet on entry, then energetic and sharply delineated in the mid-palate, with penetrating minerality intensifying the pristine dark berry flavors. Most impressive today on the extremely long, perfumed finish, which shows suave, noble tannins and a magically light touch for such an intense wine. (ST) Inner quote mark (7/2012)

96 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This is amazingly expressive now considering how huge it is, with stunning espresso and warm fig confiture aromas followed by lush layer after layer of blackberry paste, cassis and plum sauce. A terrific loam underpinning strides in on the finish, which is weighty but sports serious cut. Equal parts fruit and earth. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2012)

95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Sumptuous black-fruits nose, vividly aromatic, as well as minty, stylish, and toasty. Very rich, broad, full-bodied and generous, with very ripe tannins and a lot of spice. Perhaps slightly lower acidity than usual but has punch and persistence all the same. Approachable, just, but will benefit from more age. Good length with a chewy but not astringent finish. (SB) Inner quote mark

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2009 Pontet-Canet needs more encouragement from the glass than its peers, but it rewards the imbiber with seductive pure cassis and blackberry fruit, touches of autumn leaves and pencil box. The palate is medium-bodied with firm but fine tannin, a lovely bead of acidity. A harmonious, brown spice and smoke tinged finish fans out with confidence. (NM) Inner quote mark (3/2019)

K&L Notes

100 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown in Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet in color, the 2009 Pontet-Canet slips sensuously from the glass with opulent scents of crème de cassis, baked plums and Black Forest cake plus suggestions of Chinese five spice, potpourri, oolong tea and menthol. Full-bodied, rich, spicy and oh-so-decadent in the mouth, it has a fantastically velvety frame and seamless freshness, finishing very long." (05/2020) *biodynamic*


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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/7/2012 | Send Email
** A fabulous wine. Tons of spicy black fruits. At property: Plummy, oaky aromas with chocolate undertones. No edges. Serenity. Tasted again in September 2010: My god, this is great. Bluish-black color, Asian spice aromas, a sweet palate entry and a lingering finish. Could score 100 points...(Guess what? Parker just scored it 100 pts - Feb 2012!)

By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/7/2012 | Send Email
Tart berries and spice. Bright and lively. Superb weight and texture.

By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/7/2012 | Send Email
Dark blue fruit. Very fragrant.

By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/7/2012 | Send Email
So sweet, plush and fruity that the tannins were hardly noticeable.

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/7/2012 | Send Email
Tart blackberry fruit with a touch of spice and good acidity. Bright and fresh.

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