Château Pontet Canet 2006, Pauillac
£115.00 per bottle
RETAIL - IMMEDIATE DELIVERY
Appellation - Pauillac
Owner - Alfred Tesseron
62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot
Second wine – Les Hauts de Pontet
Annual production – 320,000 bottles
The 2006 is a wine to stockpile, especially for those in their thirties and forties as it needs another decade to reach maturity, after which it should keep for 30+ years. This vineyard, just south of Mouton Rothschild, has produced an opaque bluish/purple-colored 2006 with an extraordinarily pure nose of graphite, charcoal, sweet creme de cassis, and a hint of scorched earth. Incredible concentration, stunning richness, and a 60-second finish result in a wine that transcends the vintage as well as this estate's 1855 classification. This enormously endowed, modern day classic is a legend in the making. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2050+.
Enormous credit is due proprietor Alfred Tesseron for turning things around at this estate in 1994, and continuing to produce first-growth level wines. Pontet-Canet is one of the few bio-dynamically farmed vineyards in the Medoc, and Tesseron is such a perfectionist in both the vineyard and wine cellars that his nickname among other bordelais is ""Monsieur Bonsai.""
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate (181), February 2009