Pontet-Canet Pauillac 2004 Bottle size: 750ml

France, Bordeaux
R2,250
In stock
(Only 6 left)
93
WS
'Shows beautiful aromas of crushed berries and currant, with hints of mineral. Full-bodied, with lovely currant, licorice and mint. Long and caressing. Very refined and balanced. Another winner from Pontet-Canet.' – James Suckling, Wine Spectator, 93/100

'Foursquare, powerful wine that shows great ripeness, solid, firm red berry fruits, a touch of mint, and black, almost impenetrable tannins. Expect this impressive wine to age for 10–15 years.' – Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, 93/100

'Tasted at the Pontet-Canet vertical in London, it seems clear that the 2004 Château Pontet-Canet is predestined to always fall under the shadow of the 2005. Don't overlook this gem. The bouquet delivers pure blackberry, pencil lead and tobacco notes that are more generous than the 2005 at the moment—open for business, you might say. There is an element of dried herbs here, a hint of black tar. The palate is medium-bodied and quite sturdy in the mouth, the tannins perhaps "abrasive" when juxtaposed against the 2005, however they are couched in unexpectedly intense earthy black fruit that frame a tannic finish. If you hanker for a sumptuous Pontet-Canet, then opt for 2003 or 2009, but if your predilection is for a more "classic" Pauillac, then 2004 Pontet-Canet fits the bill. Undoubtedly a great wine from Alfred Tesseron for the vintage, I would start, broaching bottles now but keep a stash back for 4-5 years' time when those tannins have softened.' – Neal Martin, Wine Advocate, 92/100

'Good ruby-red. Currant, black raspberry, cocoa powder and graphite on the nose. Silky on entry, then impressively sweet in the middle palate, with classic Pauillac flavors of currant, chocolate and graphite dominating. This boasts the sharp focus of the vintage's best examples but can't quite match the 2006 for consistent ripeness and mid-palate depth. Tannins are quite firm and in need of six or seven years of patience.' – Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, 91+/100

'Very dark blueish crimson with a garnet rim. Mellow but also still lively nose with notes of earthy dried hemp. The sweet fruit underneath is very slightly dusty. This bottle, served at a Bordeaux lunch at The Clove Club, seemed not quite there yet.' – Jancis Robinson, JancisRobinson.com, 17/20
More Information
Condition New
Alcohol 13%
Blend information 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot
Drink to Drink or cellar
Variety Bordeaux Blend
Rating WS 93
Producer information In 1705, Jean-François de Pontet, who was Governor of the Médoc, purchased some parcels of land which years later became Château Pontet-Canet. Since then, Château Pontet-Canet has only changed hands between three different families, something which is quite unusual in the Médoc. The recent managers of the estate are Alfred Tesseron and his team lead by Jean-Michel Comme. They transformed all aspects of Château Pontet-Canet including the change to organic and biodynamic practices in the vineyards. They have also transformed the identity of Château Pontet-Canet, improving year after year, and producing some of the most prestigious wines in Bordeaux.
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