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1996 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac (3L)

SKU #1266430 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark I was shocked by how backward the 1996 Pontet-Canet was on the three occasions I tasted it in January. This wine possesses superb potential, but it appears a decade's worth of patience will be necessary. The color is a saturated dark purple. With coaxing, the wine offers aromas of black currant jam intertwined with minerals, sweet oak, and spice. A full-bodied wine, it possesses layered, concentrated, sweet fruit, with an elevated level of ripe tannin. (RP) Inner quote mark (4/1999)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Deep ruby-red. Blackcurrant, plum, tobacco and black olive nose is more complex and serious than that of either of the foregoing vintages. Thick, grapey and concentrated; still quite primary. This shows the fat and depth of the '96 vintage in the northern Medoc. Finishes long, with substantial tannins. Impressive. (ST) Inner quote mark (5/1999)

91 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Aromas of black licorice, currant and toasted oak. Full-bodied, with silky, refined tannins and a medium finish. Holding back still. (JS, Web-2007) Inner quote mark


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