2004 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (scuffed and bin-soiled labels)

SKU #1230857 93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Foursquare, powerful wine that shows great ripeness, solid, firm red berry fruits, a touch of mint, and black, almost impenetrable tannins. Expect this impressive wine to age for 10-15 years. (RV) Inner quote mark (6/2007)

93 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Shows beautiful aromas of crushed berries and currants, with hints of mineral. Full-bodied, with lovely currant, licorice and mint. Long and caressing. Very refined and balanced red. Another winner from Pontet-Canet. Best after 2011. *Top 100 Wines of 2007* (JS) Inner quote mark (3/2007)

92 points Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Tasted at the Pontet-Canet vertical in London, it seems clear that the 2004 Château Pontet-Canet is predestined to always fall under the shadow of the 2005. Don't overlook this gem. The bouquet delivers pure blackberry, pencil lead and tobacco notes that are more generous than the 2005 at the moment—open for business, you might say. There is an element of dried herbs here, a hint of black tar. The palate is medium-bodied and quite sturdy in the mouth, the tannins perhaps "abrasive" when juxtaposed against the 2005, however they are couched in unexpectedly intense earthy black fruit that frame a tannic finish. If you hanker for a sumptuous Pontet-Canet, then opt for 2003 or 2009, but if your predilection is for a more "classic" Pauillac, then 2004 Pontet-Canet fits the bill. Undoubtedly a great wine from Alfred Tesseron for the vintage, I would start, broaching bottles now but keep a stash back for 4-5 years' time when those tannins have softened. Tasted February 2016. (NM) Inner quote mark (6/2016)

91 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Sweet generous blackberry nose, vibrant and charming, with integrated oak. This is ripe and rounded, not hugely concentrated but the tannins give structure and density. This has moderate acidity, and is approaching its peak, showing very attractive fruit. (SB) Inner quote mark

91 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark Still vibrant ruby colored, the 2004 Pontet Canet offers a very classic, balanced, medium to full-bodied style as well as textbook notes of blackcurrants, cedar wood, dried tobacco, and a hint of graphite. Still firm and focused, yet nicely concentrated, with ripe tannin, it’s in the early stages of its drinking plateau and should easily keep for another two decades. Inner quote mark (2/2018)

91 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Firm and fresh with currant bush and sweet tobacco character that turns to cigar box. Medium-to-full body with a racy edge to it. Drink or hold. Inner quote mark (7/2013)

91 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Good ruby-red. Currant, black raspberry, cocoa powder and graphite on the nose. Silky on entry, then impressively sweet in the middle palate, with classic Pauillac flavors of currant, chocolate and graphite dominating...Tannins are quite firm and in need of six or seven years of patience. (ST) 91+ Inner quote mark (5/2007)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Excellent depth of crimson. Oddly, it looks a little bluer than the 2005 and is almost as deep. Very fresh and polished and zesty. Real zip to this. The tannins are very polished. Really neat and fresh with ripe tannins. Maybe not very long but very nice balance. The star of the show really in terms of price and vintage reputation. 17.5/20 points Inner quote mark (1/2010)

K&L Notes

Chocolate and cassis aromas with a touch of orange zest. You cannot ignore the deep purple fruit, that has fine intensity and power and such purity. Sweet and lush wine.

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