Bordeaux Wine Chateau Pontet-Canet 2009

  • It is not often you come across a wine that got 100 points from Robert Parker, no mean feat. Despite being designated a Fifth Growth in the 1855 Classification Pontet-Canet is now considered one of the top wines of Bordeaux. Across the road from Chateau Mouton Rothschild, its rise to fame has been under the direction Alfred Tesseron. It was the first major Chateau to implement complete organic and biodynamic production which Alfred instigated when he noticed it made the wines radiant, brighter and tighter.




    This what Robert Parker had to say about the 2009

    "An amazing wine in every sense, this classic, full-bodied Pauillac is the quintessential Pontet Canet from proprietor Alfred Tesseron, who continues to reduce yields and farms his vineyards biodynamically – a rarity in Bordeaux. Black as a moonless night, the 2009 Pontet Canet offers up notes of incense, graphite, smoke, licorice, creme de cassis and blackberries. A wine of irrefutable purity, laser-like precision, colossal weight and richness, and sensational freshness, this is a tour de force in winemaking that is capable of lasting 50 or more years. The tannins are elevated, but they are sweet and beautifully integrated as are the acidity, wood and alcohol (which must be in excess of 14%). This vineyard, which is situated on the high plateau of Pauillac adjacent to Mouton Rothschild, appears to have done everything perfectly in 2009.
     

    Melanie and Alfred Tesseron both have a hand in the Estate

    Tesseron knew right from the start how good his 2009 was. He was aware of the potential for great quality based on the perfect degree of ripeness in the fruit, skin, seeds and stems. Tesseron knows how to find the perfect moment to pick. He looks for deeply colored skins, brown stems, and most importantly, no rot. Then if the fruit looks good, he tastes. When the grapes are ripe, he picks. In some vintages he looks at different parcels on a daily basis. “With 2009 as perfect as it was, we only looked things over a few times a week”
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  • Grape Variety
    Cabernet Sauvignon 65%, Merlot 30%, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot.
    Vintage 2009
    Service Decant for a few hours and serve at 17°C/60°F
    Winemaker
    Producer Chateau Pontet-Canet
    Terroir & Vineyard
    Gravel on clay and limestone
    Harvest
    Winemaking Biodynamic, organic certified in 2010 60% new oak
    Appellation Pauillac , Bordeaux
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  • Robert Parker

    An amazing wine in every sense, this classic, full-bodied Pauillac is the quintessential Pontet Canet from proprietor Alfred Tesseron, who continues to reduce yields and farms his vineyards biodynamically – a rarity in Bordeaux. Black as a moonless night, the 2009 Pontet Canet offers up notes of incense, graphite, smoke, licorice, creme de cassis and blackberries. A wine of irrefutable purity, laser-like precision, colossal weight and richness, and sensational freshness, this is a tour de force in winemaking that is capable of lasting 50 or more years. The tannins are elevated, but they are sweet and beautifully integrated as are the acidity, wood and alcohol (which must be in excess of 14%). This vineyard, which is situated on the high plateau of Pauillac adjacent to Mouton Rothschild, appears to have done everything perfectly in 2009. 100 POINTS

    CHRIS KISSACK [WINEDOCTOR]

    There has been a huge shift in quality at Château Pontet-Canet, brought about during two decades principally by two men, Alfred Tesseron and Jean-Michel Comme. From 2000 onwards not only has quality continued to rise at Château Pontet-Canet, but the style has evolved in tandem, no doubt heavily influenced by the Tesseron-Comme innovations. The wines began to show more depth, more concentration and more substance. In their youth they seemed burlier and were loaded with more tannin, colour and extract. They still possessed a sense of balance, in that all the components were there, it is just that they were in a very different place to the wines of the mid-1990s. They had a richer, more textured feel too, bolstered by the style of fruit which was less 'classic', taking on more of a creamed, confit-like, forest-fruit character. These more modern wines garnered a lot of praise, and the overall feel was more akin to the ultra-confident super-seconds than to the Pontet-Canet of old.

     

    Château Pontet-Canet (Pauillac) 2009: Cabernet Sauvignon 65%, Merlot 30%, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. 60% new oak. Vibrant hue, bright, red-purple hue. Very dark concentrated fruit on the nose, dense forest fruit character. Plum and cherry, especially the latter. Lovely texture in entry, very creamy but also tightly defined, rather than soft or overly broad. Underneath this, a rich layer of tannin, all very composed, although rich and substantial. The fruit has a dense, black cherry edge with a crunchy spark to it. The tannins are rich and mouth coating, like heavy velvet curtains, but are in keeping with the rest of the wine. It has a union of massive structure, cleanly defined fruit and also freshness and acidity - quite a remarkable feat. Peppery acidity with it. Lovely fresh fruit. This is very impressive wine. Long and rich too. From my 2009 Bordeaux primeur assessment. 18-19+/20 (March 2010) 

     

     

    JEFF LEVE, THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER

    There is much purity here, this is like eating, perfectly ripe fruit off the tree. The supple-textured berries with their luscious flavors coat your palate with flavor. Yet, the wine is not heavy. Everything is in perfect balance, due to the lift and acidity. Full-bodied, concentrated and with a serious depth of flavor, this is still young, but on the other hand, it is so good, it is not a bad idea to pop a cork in its youth, just to see what all the fuss is about. Else, wait another decade. Either way, this wine rocks! Tasted Nov 2, 2018.

    99/100

     

     



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