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1995 Pontet-Canet Bordeaux Blend - France - Bordeaux - Pauillac - Red - Fifth Growth

France - Bordeaux - Pauillac

Red Bordeaux Blend - Fifth Growth
Producer Notes

One of eighteen Fifth Growth estates, Chateau Pontet-Canet is located in the northern end of the Pauillac appellation, and has one of the largest production volumes in the region. The vineyards date to the early 18th century, and are planted on extremely gravelly, well-draining soil, typical of the best vineyards in Bordeaux. Plantings are predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet... More »

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91
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Drink Dates
Comm: 2006-2025
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Source International Wine Cellar
Issue Issue 78
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Source Jancis Robinson
Author Jimmy
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 88.119%
Tasted On 12/31/2012
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Author absinthe
Site / Blog   Trust Rating
Tasted On 02/28/1998
Drink Dates 2005-2025

92 RP-WA An old style Pauillac, yet made with far more purity and richness than the estate's ancient vintages, this broad-shouldered, muscular, classic wine exhibits a saturated purple color, and sensationally dense, rich, concentrated, cassis flavors that roll over the palate with impressive purity and depth. The wine is tannic and closed, but powerful and rich. It appears to possess length and intensity similar to the 1996. This is a great young Pauillac. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2025. The extraordinary effort that Alfred Tesseron is making at this property is reconfirmed with each new tasting note I write on Pontet-Canet. Having recently had the exceptionally impressive 1994 in several tastings, it is a pleasure to see this historic estate turning out wines that behave like super seconds rather than fifth-growths.

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Author Lulu SF
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 98.588%
Tasted On 08/01/2011

Original Note - From Dave, single bottle

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Author Miguel L
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Site / Blog   Trust Rating 100%
Tasted On 11/23/2010
Drink Dates 2015-2025

Retail purchase, held over 2 years. Great cork. First taste before decanting was tight, tannic and unyielding -- a 1995 for sure. Left in the decanter 2 hours, things get moving. Pale ruby red, medium full. Smoked cherries and saddle leather aromas confirmed on the palate. It keeps building. Good length. I would say another 5-8 years before reaching a peak. In contrast, the 1994 is fruit-forward and fades after a nice rush, and the 1996 is on high evolutionary track, with deeper maturation and a cut above. The 1995 still has a lot to say, and is taking its time. Very nice Pauillac, but not necessarily in the same manner as the best P-C vintages from 2003-2009.

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Author Jito72
Site / Blog   Trust Rating 99.407%
Tasted On 11/22/2010
Drink Dates 2008-2020

This winr is very approachable and delicious now but it wiil take from now and beyond the famous complexity the great bourdeax wines get with time. Is not in peak but it will be in 2yrs and will stay in such stay another 7-8yrs after.

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Author stujakub
Site / Blog stuartjakub.googlepages.com  Trust Rating 99.315%
Tasted On 06/29/2009

A little tight at first with hints of pepper. Liberal use of new wood. Needs time to open up and reveal itself.

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