Robert Parker 94
The 2014 Pontet-Canet, now in bottle, was tasted twice during my trip to Bordeaux. It has an attractive bouquet: graphite tinged black fruit, incense and violets, perhaps a little more hedonistic than I envisaged when I tasted it from barrel. The palate is medium-bodied with tensile tannin thanks to the keen line of acidity. I like the precision of this Pontet-Canet. It feels linear and correct, pencil lead notes developing towards the second half, more quintessentially Pauillac than previous vintages, with what you might describe as a classic Pauillac finish that retains the focus that I remarked upon from barrel. Tasted February 2017.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2045
Deep crimson. Rich digestive biscuits on the nose. Smooth, alluring and very different from the rest. Pretty successful actually! Rich finish. Even if there’s a slightly sour note of Marmite/yeast extract. Arresting!
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2036