Pauillac, Bordeaux, France. 13%
This has been highly rated by many wine critics (Jancis Robinson gave it as high as 18/20 “big and bloody and pretty sumptuous”) which I can understand. It’s hard to find anything but glowing reviews for Pontet-Canet in recent vintages. However I’m not greatly enamoured by the style of this bottle, it seems to be going down a Leoville Las Cas road which to me sacrifices some charm and a little complexity for deep ripeness.
The tannin is lovely, and there is a green seem, but dense ripeness that reminds me of vintages like 1982, 1989 and 1990 – which is pretty impressive for a 2001. The alcohol on the finish is a little too noticeable.