Chateau Pontet Canet 2012
The team formed an optimistic view of Pontet Canet 2012 from an impressive vertical tasting on Chateau Pontet Canet conducted by Alfred Tesseron at the Hong Kong KCC Wine Society years back, vintages from 2000 to 2009 tasted in a roll, with 2012 being one of the dinner wine bottles. That evening, the 2012 vintage stood out in showing off the fruitiness through its fresher style- the palate was relaxed enough to appreciate 2012's good balance and expressiveness.
Chateau Pontet Canet 2012had always been viewed favourably by wine critics, wine bloggers and wine merchants. It scores consistently. Take, for example, WA96 and Jeff Leve 96. With years of ageing in bottle, Pontet Canet 2012 rounded up.
Awarding it 94-96, Neal Martin at Wine Advocate writes. 'What is a primeur report without one of Pauillac's most dynamic estate? I made the trip through the rain to taste their 2012. A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot and 30% Merlot, the latter was cropped from 4th October and the Cabernet Sauvignon from 11th October, finishing six days later. The 50% of the crop once aged in new oak and one-year old barrels are now matured in concrete vats whilst 35% of the crop is aged in clay amphora quarried from their own vineyard. There is certainly great purity and terroir expression on the nose: blackberry, briary and background scents of fresh raspberry and cold stone. The definition is very impressive. The palate is interesting - quite different from the previous vintages. I love the tannins here - very fine but lending the Pontet-Canet great backbone It is utterly harmonious but I feel more understated, perhaps more controlled than recent vintages. The finish is much more introspective - a Pauillac politely informing you to go away and wait before bottling before making any judgement! This is a divine Pontet Canet - very succinct. Tasted April 2013.'