Château Pontet-Canet

Pauillac Red Bordeaux Blend

9.151 ratings
9.113 pro ratings
Pauillac, Médoc, Bordeaux, France
Red Bordeaux Blend
Chili & Hot Spicy, Potato, White Rice, Mushrooms, Pasta, Pork, Salami & Prosciutto, Pungent Cheese, Lamb, Tomato-Based, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Beef, Hard Cheese, Venison
Top Notes For
Greg Gregory

Don't even think about it. Seriously. Do NOT pop the cork. 10 more years. Maybe.

Don't even think about it. Seriously. Do NOT pop the cork. 10 more years. Maybe.

Oct 17th, 2020
LM Segal

A solid showing for a tough vintage Pontet-Canet. Benefitted from a 1.5 hr decant, rich cedar on the nose, brambly strawberry and red cherry fruit mixed with saddle leather notes, bit of barnyard. Quite nice, feels like it could get a bit better.

A solid showing for a tough vintage Pontet-Canet. Benefitted from a 1.5 hr decant, rich cedar on the nose, brambly strawberry and red cherry fruit mixed with saddle leather notes, bit of barnyard. Quite nice, feels like it could get a bit better.

Jul 22nd, 2020
Michael L S

This was terrific. Classic Bordeaux. Nose of worn leather and cigar box. Tannins are resolved. Silky and elegant. Just a great bottle.

This was terrific. Classic Bordeaux. Nose of worn leather and cigar box. Tannins are resolved. Silky and elegant. Just a great bottle.

1 person found it helpfulApr 11th, 2021
George Chen

Fleshy, graphite, lead pencil...great P!

Fleshy, graphite, lead pencil...great P!

1 person found it helpfulMay 12th, 2017
Scorewine

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9.0

A fantastic 2002, this lovely wine shows once more that today there aren't really bad years in Bordeaux, this Pontet Canet was well structured rich and tempting. Deep red, tempting rich multi layered nose ripe cherries, black current, coffee, cigar box, and tea leaves, full rich body, dry tannins, full of black fruit, high acidity and a long chewy finish. Was worth the wait, my score 90. Drink to 2022

A fantastic 2002, this lovely wine shows once more that today there aren't really bad years in Bordeaux, this Pontet Canet was well structured rich and tempting. Deep red, tempting rich multi layered nose ripe cherries, black current, coffee, cigar box, and tea leaves, full rich body, dry tannins, full of black fruit, high acidity and a long chewy finish. Was worth the wait, my score 90. Drink to 2022

Oct 23rd, 2016
Peter Yeung

Smells awesome, cedar, spice, and everything nice. Palate loses something.

Smells awesome, cedar, spice, and everything nice. Palate loses something.

Dec 24th, 2014
Michael L S

While not fully resolved, tannins have softened a great deal. Definitely leaning towards the savory side now with earthy, mineral notes. Enjoyable at 20 years old. A bit more muted than my bottle a year ago.

While not fully resolved, tannins have softened a great deal. Definitely leaning towards the savory side now with earthy, mineral notes. Enjoyable at 20 years old. A bit more muted than my bottle a year ago.

Jun 20th, 2022
Jeroen Koenen

Wow. Served blind.
This certainly is one of the lushest and richest 2002s I ever tasted. No green streak or whatsoever, only a perfect pinch of rusticity. Dark fruit, mossy forestfloor, sandalwood and spice.
Beautiful.

Wow. Served blind.
This certainly is one of the lushest and richest 2002s I ever tasted. No green streak or whatsoever, only a perfect pinch of rusticity. Dark fruit, mossy forestfloor, sandalwood and spice.
Beautiful.

Dec 29th, 2022
ESF
9.3

Yeah yeah, I know this is not considered a great vintage, but this is a Cracking Claret! Leaner in style and not a verbose powerhouse, it still delivers an elegant rendition of traditional Pauillac flavors. The cherry was more like kirsch liqueur, the cassis, graphite, leather, gravel, tobacco, the bay leaf... all beautifully delineated and intense. The mid palate was polished to perfection. Tannins are sturdy enough but seamless & integrated. The finish persists and invites another drink. Got these on a great deal from K&L back in the day and glad I did! In a great drinking window right now.

Yeah yeah, I know this is not considered a great vintage, but this is a Cracking Claret! Leaner in style and not a verbose powerhouse, it still delivers an elegant rendition of traditional Pauillac flavors. The cherry was more like kirsch liqueur, the cassis, graphite, leather, gravel, tobacco, the bay leaf... all beautifully delineated and intense. The mid palate was polished to perfection. Tannins are sturdy enough but seamless & integrated. The finish persists and invites another drink. Got these on a great deal from K&L back in the day and glad I did! In a great drinking window right now.

Jun 13th, 2021
Karen Chen

Leathery, chewy, full body, in good drinking window, classic Pauillac wine

Leathery, chewy, full body, in good drinking window, classic Pauillac wine

Oct 31st, 2017