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June 14, 2017

Chateau Pontet Canet 2016

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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.

Pontet Canet WA JS Price Release POP
2016 95-97 98-99 £1,300 £1,300 81
2015 94-96 97-98 £970 £795 65
2014 94 98 £750 £650 54
2013 90-92 93 £660 £675 60
2012 93 93 £595 £690 46
2011 93 95 £570 £710 44
2010 100 100 £1,700 £1,175 85
2009 98 98 £1,740 £885 97
2008 96 94 £680 £540 43
2007 90 95 £595 £415 60
2006 94 93 £720 £395 51
2005 97 N/A £1,100 £480 65

 

 

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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