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Chateau Pontet Canet 2006

The team's optimistic view of the exclusive Pontet Canet 2006 was formed through an impressive vertical tasting on Chateau Pontet Canet, expertly conducted by the renowned Alfred Tesseron at the Hong Kong KCC Wine Society years back. This tasting, which included vintages from 2000 to 2009, showcased the blockbuster style of Chateau Pontet Canet throughout the vertical vintages, mainly benefiting the rigid 2006 vintage. The fruitiness of this vintage was beautifully highlighted, thanks to its not-too-Pauillac and 'Burgundian' nature, allowing the palates to be relaxed enough to appreciate 2007's good balance, minerality, and expressiveness. 

Chateau Pontet Canet 2006 has always been viewed favourably by wine critics, wine bloggers and wine merchants. It was awarded high scores consistently. For example, in 95 Points, Decanter writes, 'Tight and unyielding at the moment but with excellent pedigree, texture and definition, this has lots of life to come. Poised and impactful, with juicy and mouthwatering fruit. Punches far above the weight of the vintage, one of those get-a-straw-in-the-glass wines: among the best of the tasting. Here, tension rises, and your mouth waters on the finish. This is delicate but punchy, with perfect balance. (JA)  (6/2016). Edited.

RP also gave 95 points from Wine Advocate, saying, '2006 is a wine to stockpile, especially for those in their thirties and forties, as it needs another decade to reach maturity, after which it should keep for an impressive 30+ years. This vineyard, just south of Mouton Rothschild, has produced an opaque bluish/purple-coloured 2006 with an extraordinarily pure nose of graphite, charcoal, sweet creme de cassis, and a hint of scorched earth. Incredible concentration, stunning richness, and a 60-second finish result in a wine that transcends the vintage and this estate's 1855 classification. This enormously endowed, modern-day classic is a legend in the making. 95+ (RP)  (5/2016). Edited.


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