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2009 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (1.5L)

SKU #1123332 100 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark A wine I’ve been lucky enough to have numerous times since release, the 2009 Pontet Canet is one of those magical efforts that wine lovers encounter far too infrequently. From one of the greatest vintages for the region ever, this deep, saturated purple-colored effort offers an incredible bouquet of crème de cassis, blackcurrants, lead pencil shavings, damp earth, and graphite. This gives way to a full-bodied, powerful Pauillac that carries a massive amount of sweet fruit yet stays light and beautifully balanced on the palate. With ripe, sweet tannin, an expansive texture, and awesome mid-palate depth, as well as incredible purity, freshness, and delineation, it’s as good as wine gets and can be enjoyed anytime over the coming 4-5 decades. Hats off to proprietor Alfred Tesseron and the team at Pontet Canet! Inner quote mark (2/2018)

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. (RP) Inner quote mark (2/2012)

99 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark 98-100 Barrel sample. 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 Vinous

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. (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 fo 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

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Tasted blind. Mid crimson. Sweet tea leaves on the nose. Nice and neat and satisfying with some light dry tannins on the end. Good for now and the future without being a standout. Quite spicy. (JR) 17.5/20 Inner quote mark (2/2019)


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By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/14/2013 | Send Email
** A fabulous wine. Tons of spicy black fruits. At property: Plummy, oaky aromas with chocolate undertones. No edges. Serenity.

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/14/2013 | Send Email
Tart blackberry fruit with a touch of spice and good acidity. Bright and fresh.

By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/14/2013 | Send Email
So sweet, plush and fruity that the tannins were hardly noticeable.

By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/14/2013 | Send Email
Dark blue fruit. Very fragrant.

By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/14/2013 | Send Email
Tart berries and spice. Bright and lively. Superb weight and texture.

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