Chateau Pontet Canet 2003, Pauillac
5eme Cru Classé Pauillac
Very intense colour. The very powerful nose features an excellent balance between fruit (blackberry, raspberry) and wood (liquorice, toasty notes). On the palate, the attack is full but very mild. This wine stands out with its fine length and imposing structure – a characteristic of great Pauillac - made up of extremely smooth tannins. The finish shows no trace of aggressiveness and is very long.
In Bordeaux each year is unique, with a character unlike any other. As with every child, a wine has two parents: the father—terroir; and a mother—the vintage. It will have something of each, but the wine will nonetheless be true to itself.
The season began rather late, then unstable weather during flowering gave rise to coulure which reduced the number of grapes produced, especially in the older Merlot parcels.
Finally, sun and dry weather arrived and lasted through the harvest—the sign of a great vintage.
There has been significant development in the use of horses in the vineyard: we have gone from 7 to 24 hectares that are worked completely tractor-free. We have pared vinification down to the essentials in acknowledgment that, above all, a great wine is made in the vineyard.
This 2010, the product of our commitment to organic and biodynamic vine growing, is certified for both types of viticulture—unique among the Médoc's Great Classed Growths.
Cabernet Sauvignon 65% Merlot 30% Cabernet Franc 5%