Chateau Pontet-Canet 2015 | Hands-down must-buy!
Chateau Pontet-Canet 2015 pours a dark purple color. Enthusiastic aromas of black currant and blackberry are supported by complex notes of cedar, allspice, cloves, violets, chocolate, and dusty earth. Full-bodied but very well defined, the wine offers classic Pauillac depth of black fruit including cassis, blackberry, and plum leading to pencil lead and rich oak, surrounded by a very firm tannic grip, and wrapping with an energetic, persistent finish. Vibrant now, but destined to improve in the cellar for decades. Drink now – 2048.
So, Winebuyoftheday usually focuses on red gems under $50. Sometimes a bit higher. But Chateau Pontet-Canet bottlings are an exception. My personal experience with the winery is nothing short of exceptional. So, if you pardon me for splurging, I will be sharing more Chateau Pontet-Canet vintages with you. I hope you splurge too! And the Chateau Pontet-Canet 2015 is off the charts amazing. More about what the experts had to say…
Incredible persistence and depth
98pts Jame Suckling | So much floral and dark-fruit character with almonds and walnut shell. Full body and ultra-fine tannins. Powerful. Classic style with harmony and energy. Goes on for minutes. A superb wine with great fruit. Real Bordeaux. Try in 2025.
97pts Wine Advocate | A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, 50% of the Chateau Pontet-Canet 2015 was aged in new French oak, while 15% was matured in second fill barrels and 35% in cement amphorae. Deep garnet-purple in color, the nose opens with exuberant black currants, red currants, and black raspberries scents plus an evocative undercurrent of cedar chest, dusty earth, cloves, chocolate box and Provence herbs with a fragrant waft of lavender. Medium to full-bodied and built like a brick house. And with very firm, wonderfully grainy tannins and black and red fruits charged with the most singular energy, it finishes with incredible persistence and depth.
Proprietor Alfred Tesseron. Winemaker Jean-Michel Comme
The story of Château Pontet-Canet’s critical ascent is one of the Left Bank’s most fascinating. This 81-acre estate is located on Pauillac’s most hallowed ground, directly facing Mouton Rothschild and just a stone’s throw from Château Lafite.
Alfred converted Pontet-Canet’s farming to organic and later biodynamic practices, halting the use of all chemicals, and noticing a better concentration of flavors in the fruit as the years went on. He also changed the whole facility to a gravity-fed one, avoiding the use of pumps that can extract astringent seed tannins, and installing a double sorting line to ensure that only pristine berries make it into the winery. Alfred himself designed cement vats and amphorae for fermentation, drawing upon the gravel from the property itself to mix the cement, infusing the wine with the property’s terroir throughout the process.
Every one of the Pontet-Canet bottles we’ve featured recently has shown off Alfred Tesseron’s incredible achievements at the Pauillac estate. So, this is your opportunity to get a Bordeaux that stands with the best, bar none, at a pre-arrival price.