Peter Maude Fine Wines
2020, Château Pontet-Canet, PAUILLAC, 1ère Grand Cru Classé
Bordeaux Blend: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot.
Dark chocolate, bramble tones, not overly floral or fruity with some cedar and cinnamon notes. Lovely high acidity straight away, forward, bright and energetic with lovely crunchy blue fruit on the palate but creamy textured tannins giving a round and complete mouthful. Nothing feels overdone, this is quietly seductive and confident but not at all showing off. I love the minerality and the graphite grip with plum and black cherry and tons of slate, liquorice and menthol freshness. Long finish, slowly expansive, building and growing from start to finish showing an impressive structure overall. Nicely constructed, charming still with the Pauillac touch. A great Pontet - immediately seductive and enjoyable with a long ageing potential. 97/100 Georgina Hindle, Decanter.
Drinking Window: 2027 - 2048