2005 5e Cru Classe from Pauillac
The Chateau Pontet-Canet terroir is composed of gravels from Garonne river on limestone bedrock. As for other Pauillac wines, the soil is thin, warm and filtering.
The 2005 5e Cru Classe Chateau Pontet-Canet reveals a really deep colour and a nose that gradually gives off cherry, blackcurrant and redcurrant notes as well as vanilla, liquorice and cedar hints. On the palate, the attack is full-bodied and the tannins are elegant. The 2005 Chateau Pontet-Canet finish carries an exceptional length in this remarkable vintage.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Tasted at the Pontet-Canet vertical in London, the 2005 Château Pontet-Canet has long been one of the stars of the vintage and this might well be the best of over a dozen showings of this wine. However, do not expect ostentation on the nose. This is 2005 and like many wines of this vintage, even with considerable decanting, it remained broody and introspective on the nose, as if it is checking you out and seeing if you are worthy. Once you have been accepted, then it swings the doors open to reveal gorgeous scents of blackberry, briary and cassis fruit, perhaps a little more sous-bois than I have noticed compared to previous bottles. The palate is medium-bodied, but dense and structuredcertainly a more masculine Pontet-Canet built for long-term ageing. Yet it retains marvelous freshness and vitality all the way through to the pencil-lead, quite saline finish. I suspect that the 2009 Pontet-Canet is more approachable than the 2005, so heeding Robert Parker's sage advice, afford this up to ten years in your cellar and then reap the rewards of patience. Tasted February 2016.
|Revue du Vin de France|
|Environment||Undergoing conversion to biodynamic viticulture|