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Château Pontet-Canet 2020

Château Pontet-Canet


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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti13.0%

The wine

Alfred Tesseron, currently at the helm of Château Pontet-Canet, describes himself as a farmer, not as an oenologist (despite being one), and justifies his choice of description with an irrefutable argument: "my work and that of my team is focused on the vineyard, not on the winery".

The Château Pontet-Canet wines emanate energy and intensity, expressing themselves freely. The powerfulness, an unexpected fruit precision and irrefutable quality have become the house's hallmarks. Its wines are seductive because of the fruit's density, the palate's refinement and their natural elegance. Appearing purple in colour, the nose exudes an interplay of forest fruits and spices with a graphite undertone. On the palate they're expressive, dense and rich, led by a balancing acidity. You have a feeling that you're biting into pure fruit, pure pleasure.

Of the wines produced at Pontet-Canet, the one which displays solely the winery's name on its label is its great wine: the Château Pontet-Canet. In a style usually composed of two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon and one third Merlot, with small amounts of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, it exhibits a perfumed, clear-cut bouquet of Picota cherries, plums and violets which keeps on growing with aeration; the graphite and a hint of incense round off the aromatic element. The palate is medium-bodied, with a slightly grainy texture, measured acidity, moderate depth and rounded tannins which give it a silk-like texture. Its lightly-spiced and very lively finish delivers pure balance. The Château Pontet-Canet, the assertive neighbour of Mouton-Rothschild, is a Pauillac with very special minerality and character which have made it fully deserving of the epithet "the Pauillac Pinot Noir". Unquestionably, an astounding Bordeaux wine, to get to know and enjoy at your leisure.

Drinking and storing


Food pairing

Roast lamb / Game / Duck with red fruits

Ratings and awards

202096-98+ PK17 JR98-99 SK96 DC
201998-100 PK16 JR99 SK94 WS97 DC
201898 PK16.5++ JR98 SK94 DC
201796 PK16+ JR96 SK94 WS93 DC
201698+ PK17.5+ JR97 SK95 WS98 DC
201597 PK17+ JR98 SK94 WS95 DC
PK: ParkerJR: Jancis robinsonSK: SucklingWS: Wine spectatorDC: Decanter

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker, Jancis Robinson, and Suckling

The 2018 Pontet-Canet is a blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. It was aged in 55% oak barriques and 45% amphorae. Deep garnet-purple colored, it explodes from the glass with an atomic perfume of raspberry pie, blackcurrant pastilles, rose oil and Chinese five spice, giving way to suggestions of cinnamon stick, dusty soil, pencil lead and underbrush. The rich, seductive, full-bodied palate is a hedonist's dream, delivering layer-upon-layer of black and red berry preserves with loads of fragrant accents, a beautifully firm yet plush texture and tons of freshness, finishing long with a whole firework display of exotic spices. This is pretty much out-of-the-gate delicious, but it has the backbone to evolve over three decades or more.

— Lisa Perrotti-Brown (31/03/2021)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2018 - 98 PARKER

Tasted blind. Savoury, almost oily, note on the nose. Then very broad, sweet and opulent on the palate with a note of dill. Not quite harmonious – yet? – but with a dramatic set of ingredients ready to gel. Leathery finish.

— Jancis Robinson (20/01/2022) Vintage 2018 - 16.5++ JANCIS ROBINSON

A complex nose of blueberries, elderberries, dried fruit, spice and dark chocolate. It’s full-bodied with a harmonious, balanced texture. The tannins are still firm and powerful, but there’s balance and finesse to the whole thing. Tight and reserved, yet long and energetic. The tannins open slowly. Dusty texture. From biodynamically grown grapes. Try after 2024.

— James Suckling (03/02/2022) Vintage 2018 - 98 SUCKLING

Customer reviews

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Ageing periodBetween 15 and 20 months
Barrel ageNew and semi-new
Type of woodOak

The winery

Château Pontet-Canet

Château Pontet-Canet

The origins of Château Pontet-Canet go right back to the beginning of the 18th Century (1705), when Jean-François de Pontet, employed by King Luis XV, bought up several parcels of land to the north of the town of Pauillac, which his descendants would enlarge years afterwards. He then purchased the neighbouring plots and thereby formed an estate which was granted the name, "the house of Canet". A century later, Château Pontet-Canet was flourishing to such an extent that it was...


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