2010 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1067199 100 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark The aromas to this are incredible with blueberry, minerals, dried flowers, and stones. It goes to dried meat and spices. Full body and incredibly integrated with blackberry, licorice, and minerals. There's a wonderful purity to this. It goes on for minutes. The quality of tannins is amazing. Seamless. There's an amazing transparency that shows you all the elements of the wine's unique terroir. Inner quote mark (2/2013)

100 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark An absolutely amazing wine, from grapes harvested between the end of September and October 17, this blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot has close to 15% natural alcohol. It comes from one of the few biodynamic vineyards in Bordeaux, but you are likely to see many more, given the success that Tesseron seems to be having at all levels, both in his vineyards and in his fermentation/winemaking. An astounding, compelling wine with the classic Pauillac nose more often associated with its cross-street neighbor, Mouton-Rothschild, creme de cassis, there are also some violets and other assorted floral notes. The wine has off-the-charts massiveness and intensity but never comes across as heavy, overbearing or astringent. The freshness, laser-like precision, and full-bodied, massive richness and extract are simply remarkable to behold and experience. It is very easy, to become jaded tasting such great wines from a great vintage, but it is really a privilege to taste something as amazing as this. (RP) Inner quote mark (2/2013)

100 points The Wine Independent

Outer quote mark The 2010 Pontet-Canet is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 1% Petit Verdot. Deep garnet-black in color, it sashays out of the glass with opulent scents of Chinese five spice, smoked meats, and cigar box, over a core of prunes, redcurrant jelly, and fruitcake with a waft of espresso. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a firm, grainy structure with tons of freshness supporting the decadent spice and fruit preserves layers, finishing with great length. It is delicious to drink now! (LPB) Inner quote mark (6/2022)

98 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Gorgeous bright and juicy cherry and cassis, pencil lead and floral aromas seduce you. The palate is long and spherical. This, the first vintage certified both organic and biodynamic, has impressive depth and power delivered with refinement. The power of Lynch-Bages but with a bit more elegance. A long, palate-enveloping finish. You can serve with haute cuisine, but why not a high-quality hamburger? Sometimes the simplest dishes, with quality ingredients, go best with top wine. (PK) Inner quote mark (5/2021)

98 points Jane Anson

Outer quote mark Deep plum in colour at 11 years old, barely budging through the mid palate. A vintage that rivals the best ever in Bordeaux, this is richly layered with sweet liqourice, eucalyptus, cigar box, blackberry and cassis, with a fennel twist on the finish. Classically Pauillac, stately, ageing slowly but surely, and only now at the stage where you can confidently open it to drink over supper - with a long carafe first of up to 6 hours. Relatively high alcohol for a Pauillac wine adds to the round mouthfeel but not a trace of heat. Harvest September 29 to October 17. First year of biodynamic certification. Inner quote mark (9/2021)

98 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2010 Pontet-Canet lags behind the 2009, but these two vintages can be hard to compare due the drastically different styles. Where the 2009 is broad, expansive, and showy, the 2010 starts out more reserved and classic in style, with beautiful notes of cassis, cedarwood, lead pencil shavings, tobacco, and damp earth all developing with air. Deep, beautifully concentrated, full-bodied, and powerful, it’s built for the long haul and needs 5-7 years of bottle age, but I suspect will see its 50th birthday in still fine drinking form. (JD) 98+ Inner quote mark (10/2018)

98 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Dense, yes, but this is also a handsome wine that balances complex tannins with pure black currant fruits that shine. This biodynamic wine has a generous, full and rich feel, ripe with just a touch of restraint. The greatness of the wine shows in its purity with a deceptive simplicity that hides the final complex tannins and structure. (RV) Inner quote mark (3/2013)

97 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark This is big, broad and powerfully rendered, but remarkably polished and refined at the same time. An enormous core of roasted fig, blackberry and black currant fruit is suavely wrapped with roasted apple wood and sandalwood, while dark espresso, loam and warm paving stone notes drive the finish. Very long, with a great tug of scorched earth at the end. A terrific combination of power and precision. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2013)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Wonderfully classic nose backed up with still-juicy black fruit. Such a faithful rendition of claret, albeit clearly from a ripe vintage. Cedar, dried tobacco, clove, aniseed. (RH) Inner quote mark (11/2023)

K&L Notes

100 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown for Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Pontet-Canet offers a very deep garnet color. Whoa—the nose explodes with a vast array of black fruit preserves and savory nuances: plum preserves, blackcurrant cordial, black cherry coulis and licorice with wafts of dried lavender, melted chocolate, charcuterie, black olives, truffles and camphor plus a hint of sandalwood. The full-bodied palate is completely filled with black fruits, exotic spices and earthy nuances with a firm foundation of ripe, grainy tannins and bold freshness, finishing with epic length and depth. So much more expressive and seductive than a lot of 2010s at this stage, and yet it is still incredibly youthful!" (05/2020)


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By: Mulan Chan-Randel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/11/2013 | Send Email
Ruby red, with plums, cherries, hints of roasted herbs, cassis and tobacco. Wonderful mid-palate richness, with a finish that tapers off with beautiful full-plus yet refined tannins and nice acidity to boot. My top pick for 2010.

By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/11/2013 | Send Email
One of my favorite wines of the vintage. Seamless, sweet, ripe cassis fruit, pure and fresh, with ripe, velvety tannins.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/11/2013 | Send Email
** 1/2 Pontet-Canet is on a roll. Tasted three times, and each time it was perfect and sexy, with everything in harmony. Very stylish, balanced and fresh. Laser beam fruit. Lovely, open, powerful and dense without being extracted. Long and lush.

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/11/2013 | Send Email
A must buy! Wild berries, laser beam fruit, good tension and verve, with a long finish. If you can't afford the First Growths or Super Seconds, try this.

By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/5/2011 | Send Email
Fantastic. This vintage is the first year they are certified biodynamic. They also are using a horse to farm about 60 acres, and Alfred Tesseron wants to add one horse a year. This attention to detail in the vineyard is paying off in the finished wine. Very expressive on the nose, it has lovely floral qualities, blackberry and spice. There’s pure black fruit on the palate finishing with some astringency, but the fresh fruit balances the tannins. Buy this as soon as you can!

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