Pontet Canet - Pauillac - 1986 - 750ml
WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING
“This wine still remains relatively young, with a dark plum/garnet color, an intriguing nose of black currants intermixed with compost, earth, and a hint of mushroom. The wine is dense, muscular, tannic, and very masculine. The tannins seemed slightly elevated for the concentration, but there is a lot going on here. ” Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Alfred Tesseron and his team, led by Jean-Michel Comme, Pontet-Canet’s estate manager since 1989, have completely transformed both the vineyard and the identity of Château Pontet-Canet. Leaving behind conventional vinegrowing techniques in order to embrace organic and biodynamic methods, they have allowed the terroir to reclaim its origins; the vines seem liberated and the grapes have never been more beautiful. The wines of Pontet-Canet have progressed so much that they are now among the most prestigious in Bordeaux.
Pontet-Canet's vines are situated within the commune of Pauillac, where the vineyard spans 81 hectares. The soul of Pontet-Canet lies in the Plateau, an outcrop of Garonne gravel over a bedrock of limestone. The poor and well-drained soil meets all the requirements of the demanding Cabernet Sauvignon grape, the trademark of great Pauillac wines. Cabernet Franc, planted in the centre of the outcrop, brings noble tannins and refinement. Some Merlot vines are planted on the gravelly clay soil which surrounds the Plateau. Three parcels on the edge of the outcrop are planted with Petit Verdot, a grape variety which produces incredible wines, bringing spicy notes.
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