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2012 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac

SKU #1242319 93 points Decanter

 Dense colour, superb nose of blackberry and black cherry fruit, really lovely silky texture, with all the power and elegance of a great Pauillac. 18/20 points. Drink through 2035. (SS)  (4/2013)

93 points James Suckling

 This shows incredible decadence and opulence for the vintage with dried meat, black berry, blueberries and hints of mushroom. Full body, very polished silky tannins and a chewy finish. Lots of richness for the vintage. Persistent palate. This was aged 35% in cement eggs for 12 months.  (2/2015)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This impeccably run, biodynamically farmed estate of Alfred Tesseron goes from strength to strength. The 2012 triumphs once again with its notes of dark plum, blackcurrant, licorice and almost a hint of truffle, its full-bodied, supple tannins, and beautiful, expensive mouthfeel. Complex and deep, this dense ruby/purple-colored wine may not be at the level of the 2009 or 2010, but it is a successful wine in this vintage, and a significant wine in 2012. Drink through 2035. (RP)  (2/2015)

93 points Vinous

 A wine of real class, pedigree and distinction, the 2012 Pontet-Canet is absolutely gorgeous. The flavors are beautifully nuanced and delineated throughout. Bright floral notes add lift and sensuality. The 2012 is decidedly understated next to some other recent vintages, but the magic of this site simply won't be denied. This is another sublime wine from proprietor Alfred Tesseron. (AG) 93+  (1/2016)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 This tastes jammy and very fruity, with tannins that are totally enveloped by the rich texture. Plummy and comfortable, it’s all about ripe berries and currants. Smoky flavors come from the wood aging, and contrast with the Port-like lusciousness of the wine. (RV)  (5/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Broad and fleshy, with an alluring feel to the layers of steeped plum, blackberry coulis and raspberry reduction notes, all gliding over ample but polished tannins. Loam, tobacco and warm stone accents stay in the background for now but add steady base notes to the finish. Packs in solid fruit for the vintage, with a commensurate tug of earth. (JM)  (9/2015)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Fresh and lively aromatically, with spring flowers, sappy herbs, licorice, currant bud and earth, the 2012 is medium to full-bodied, tight, closed and focused, with fine, grippy tannin and a rock-solid finish. It lacks a touch of density and exuberance, but is an elegant, lengthy 2012 that needs 3-4 years of cellaring and will keep through 2032.  (1/2018)


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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/16/2019 | Send Email
A deep core of creamy blueberry fruit is the hallmark of this vintage. The middle is plush and rich displaying both power and and sweetness with surprising softness for such a huge wine. Plenty of ripe, firm tannin is embedded in the substantial finish and are almost buried under the dark fruit.

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