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Château Pontet-Canet 2008, Pauillac


Chateau Pontet-Canet 2008 has a wonderful intensity of colour, a bouquet of pure black fruits, a fine yet full palate with a good overcoat of tannins and a full and generous finish. This is without doubt a wonderful wine, you miss it at your peril.

Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Subregion: Pauillac
Vintage: 2008
Colour: Red
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
ABV: 13%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Wine of the vintage
Drink With: Shoulder of lamb studded with garlic, rosemary and anchovies

Château Pontet-Canet has shot to stardom over the last decade. The vineyard management is done in as natural a way as is possible and each parcel is thought of as unique and looked after in its own way. For the first time in more than 40 years, 2008 saw the sound of horses' hooves replace that of tractors as an experiment destined to avoid compacting the soils.

After a difficult 2007 growing season, a degree of serenity was hoped for in 2008. It was not to be, as mother nature instead provided 4 months of cloud and rain over the summer. Fortunately the majority of September was hot and dry, allowing the grapes to ripen fully and reversing the prognosis from bad to good. Predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon (65%) with the balance made up of Merlot (30%) and a drop of Cabernet Franc (4%) and Petit Verdot (1%) used very much as a chef seasons a dish.

From Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
A candidate for the “wine of the vintage,” Pontet-Canet’s 2008 boasts an opaque purple colour as well as copious aromas of sweet blueberries, blackberries and blackcurrant fruit intertwined with lead pencil shavings, subtle barbecue smoke and a hint of forest floor. Full-bodied, with fabulous richness, texture and tremendous freshness, this first-growth-like effort is more developed than the über-powerful 2010. Give it 5-8 years of cellaring and drink it over the following three decades. Bravo! 05/11. 96 Points