One of our favourite properties in Bordeaux, going from strength to strength in the past ten years. Pontet Canet is very reminiscent of its neighbour Mouton Rothschild, but costs considerably less.
2001 often gets overlooked because of the stellar 2000 vintage, but it is a really lovely under-rated vintage, very pure and elegant and an excellent example of what is often called claret for the English (as opposed to the American) palate.
Robert Parker: "One of the great estates of the Medoc, Pontet-Canet has enjoyed increasing attention as well as a draconian selection process by owner Albert Tesseron ever since his breakthrough vintage of 1994. The 2001 does not possess the power of the 2000 or the huge 2003, but it is still a very fine albeit tannic, lighter wine. A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, and small percentages of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it was produced from modest yields of 37 hectoliters per hectare. Revealing classic cassis aromas, medium to full body, a firm structure with plenty of finesse, a closed personality, and dominant as well as intrusive tannin, it should age well for 12-20 years, but patience will be required. Certainly the concentration appears up to the level of the tannin. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2017." 89 points
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Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon dominant