Source: jamessuckling.com. Issue Date: December 27, 2018 (JS-98)
So much floral and dark-fruit character with almonds and walnut shell. Full body and ultra-fine tannins. Powerful. Classic style with a harmony and energy. Goes on for minutes. A superb wine with great fruit. Real Bordeaux. Try in 2025.
Source: End of May 2020, The Wine Advocate, The Wine Advocate; Issue Date: 29th May 2020, (RP-97)
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Pontet-Canet comes charging out of the glass with fantastically expressive notes of black cherry preserves, black raspberries and blackcurrant pastilles plus touches of kirsch, wilted roses, tobacco, camphor and cinnamon stick with a waft of fragrant soil. Full bodied, the palate is laden with black and red fruit layers, supported by very firm, very finely grained tannins and provocative freshness, finishing with incredible length and stunningly perfumed.
Drink Date 2024 – 2050
2015 began with a wet winter and a rather damp May.Flowering started slowly because the weather was not warm enough but accelerated rapidly with the sudden return of the sun. The change of weather continued with two months of uninterrupted heat and drought, unusual for the region.Like a blessing from heaven, a few showers arrived in mid-August. The hot and dry weather then resumed until mid-September.Despite a considerable amount of rain from mid-September, the grapes remained in wonderfully good health because the skins, thickened by the summer heat and our vineyard practices, withstood the conditions perfectly.
The wine has an impressively intense colour and a complex nose dominated by fresh fruit aromas. It is huge on the palate, powerful, vibrant and incredibly smooth, sustained throughout by a freshness which imparts a deliciously succulent finish.There is a bracing energy to this wine. People will long write up the virtues of this 2015 as a wine for the long haul.
Harvest: From September 18th to October 3rd
Grapes Varieties: Merlot 30% Cabernet Sauvignon 65% Cabernet Franc 4% Petit Verdot 1%