"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 structured?certainly 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." -Neal Martin
"Black in color with aromas of blackberry black licorice tar mineral and fresh flowers. Full-bodied and powerful with ultrafine tannins that last for minutes on the palate. A polished thought-provoking wine. Shows wonderful purity of Cabernet Sauvignon."
"Good full ruby-red. Complex enticing aromas of black raspberry licorice minerals bitter chocolate lead pencil and pungent cedar; just this side of exotic. Wonderfully silky sweet and thick with a powerful minerality framing the currant graphite and spice flavors. This boasts superb inner-mouth energy and great length with the full ripe tannins totally enrobed by the wine's mid-palate richness."v
($120-$190) Good full ruby-red. Complex, enticing aromas of black raspberry, licorice, minerals, bitter chocolate, lead pencil and pungent cedar; just this side of exotic. Wonderfully silky, sweet and thick, with a powerful minerality framing the currant, graphite and spice flavors. This boasts superb inner-mouth energy and great length, with the full, ripe tannins totally enrobed by the wine's mid-palate richness. (My sample of the 2006 was old and tired, so I'll wait until next year to report on the finished wine; this was a star in the early going.)
"Despite its core of strength and power and obvious aging ability this is already a delicious wine with mint aromas ripe fruit masking the solid tannins. This estate has been on a roll for several years and this 2005 shows why."