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2009 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac

SKU #1086906 100 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2009 Pontet-Canet continues to just knock it out of the park every time I’ve been lucky enough to drink a bottle, and this beauty was as good as it gets yet again. Deep purple-colored, full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, and just about off the charts in terms of scale and density, it nevertheless just glides across the palate with an ethereal, seamless texture that never seems heavy or cumbersome. This is pure Pauillac in all its glory and is a monumental wine in every way. Drink it any time over the coming 4-5 decades. Inner quote mark (10/2018)

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. This cuvee should shut down in the cellar and re-open in a decade or more. Anticipated maturity: 2025-2075. (RP) Inner quote mark (12/2011)

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. Try in 2018. Inner quote mark (3/2012)

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. This wine is remarkably tastable today but it's also built for 30+ years of aging. (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. Best from 2018 through 2038. (JM) Inner quote mark (3/2012)

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. You could open this now but it still has two more decades of drinking pleasure to give. Tasted blind at Farr Vintners’ 2009 Bordeaux tasting. (NM) Inner quote mark (3/2019)

K&L Notes

100 points Lisa Perrotti-Brown in Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet colored, the 2009 Pontet-Canet is a little shut down to begin, but with coaxing this baby is soon firing on all cylinders with a full-throttle nose of chocolate-covered cherries, crème de cassis, boysenberries and spice cake plus tons of kirsch and cranberry sauce sparks and a beautiful undercurrent of emerging tertiary characters: cigar box, sandalwood, chargrill, truffles and cast iron pan. Full-bodied, rich, multilayered and completely seductive, the palate is charged with incredible energy, with a firm backbone of velvety tannins and seamless freshness providing solid grounding and promising a very long life ahead. It finishes with an incredible display of epically long-lasting flavor fireworks. Wow!" (3/2019)


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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/16/2019 | Send Email
A colossal wine that is warm, smooth and thick with massive texture and structure in perfect balance. This is full throttle with roasted blackberry, blueberry and dark cherry fruit, graphite, crushed flowers and ripe tannins balanced in perfect harmony. An absolutely delicious wine to decant tonight or cellar many decades.

By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/8/2018 | Send Email
It's difficult to be original in a review on such an excellent wine from such an excellent vintage, but I did want to say that this wine is all that you'd expect and more. Tasted recently, the wine is just beginning to evolve some lovely savory components. The fruit is still luscious and the tannin silky. Although it certainly has more in store for its life, it was drinking beautifully after being open for several hours. The finish is endless.

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/25/2018 | Send Email
A quick check in on a living legend a week ago - there's still no doubt that 2009 Pontet-Canet is a special, reference-point wine in Bordeaux. Among a table of some of the most seasoned professionals, negociants, and winemakers, the bottle we had was emptied very quickly. Deep and brooding still at this young age, it is loaded with copious red/black fruits, extremely fine grain tannin, and a finish that easily passes a minute. Certainly a rival for the First Growths in a vintage like 2009, it will continue to be a wine that is a must-have for any collector for a few decades to come.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/4/2015 | Send Email
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Just a perfect wine and enough said. Can enjoy in a few years until 2050.
Drink from 2017 to 2050

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