Pontet Canet has also released this morning. This is an extremely impressive wine, a natural successor to the 2009 and 2010. It has been awarded 95-97 points from Neal Martin and 98-99 from James Suckling, making it a Pontet Canet to own. However, priced today at £1,300 today per case of 12, it is expensive indeed in context of other vintages. This represents a 44% euro increase translating as a 60% pound increase. While it is a truly fine Pontet Canet, the price makes it unappealing and a very aggressive increase. If this marks a strategic repositioning for the Estate, similar to that of Montrose and Cos d’Estournel in recent years, it is wise to start buying back vintages, we have been recommending the 2008 and 2006 for 24 months, with great reward.
Chateau Pontet Canet 2016, 12×75 – £1,300 EP
95-97 Points, Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate
The 2016 Pontet-Canet is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Petit Verdot and 39% Merlot, less Cabernet this year because of the size of the berries. I tasted the wine on two visits to the property around two weeks apart, plus additional tastings at négoçiants. It has an intense bouquet with layers of blackberry, sloes and fresh mint, just a hint of black truffle in the background. It is certainly a little more opulent compared to its peers. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, a little spicier than I expected (in a positive sense) with gentle grip in the mouth. It fans out with confidence, a voluminous Pontet-Canet with an extremely persistent aftertaste, and a saline and balsamic finish. This is an extravagant Pauillac for the vintage that will age over many years.
98-99 Points, James Suckling
Vivid and full of energy with blackberry, currant and salt. Full body, intense and long. Harmony. Purpose. Classicism. The mineral and currant character is all year. A seamless tannin texture. Great wine. You want to drink it now!
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