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Pontet Canet 2008 (750ML)
96 Points, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate: "A candidate for the "wine of the vintage," Pontet Canet's 2008 boasts an opaque purple color as well as copious aromas of sweet blueberries, blackberries and black currant 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 uber-powerful 2010. Give it 5-8 years of cellaring and drink it over the following three decades. Bravo!" 5/11 "A wine for our children's children. Nobody in Bordeaux is more attentive to detail than Alfred Tesseron is at Pontet-Canet. Fashioned from incredibly low yields, a very late harvest, and a Draconian selection, the 2008 will not be close to drinkability for at least a decade, and it should still be in superb form circa 2060. An absolutely amazing effort, it boasts an inky/black/purple color as well as an extraordinary bouquet of creme de cassis, graphite, charcoal, and incense, blockbuster depth, and full-bodied power. The tannins are high, but they are remarkably velvety as well as well-integrated. Sensational acidity gives the wine precision and vibrancy, but the impression is one of massive concentration and power. The 2008 Pontet-Canet, a candidate for the wine of the vintage, is a tour de force in viticultural precision and winemaking savoir faire." 4/09
95 Points, Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Fairly deep color. Very attractive, sweet, sexy, open nose is filled with crushed blackberries, mocha, and cocoa. Concentrated, with soft tannins and complex structure in the mouth. At the same time, wine #12 is silky and elegant; a wine that pleases everybody. Classic "iron fist in a velvet glove" Bordeaux. It has fine acidity, impeccable precision, and perfect balance. Very long, consistent, delicious finish. Impossible to resist." 5/12
96 Points, Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com: "Unquestionably one of the gems in the vintage is the 2008 Pontet-Canet, which reminds me of the 2005 with its concentrated, deep, powerful style. Beautiful dark fruits, graphite, obvious minerality, and classic Pauillac lead pencil notes all emerge from this still youthful, full-bodied, and pure 2008 that's 4-5 years away from maturity and will keep for 30+ years. Hats off to Alfred Tesseron for another awesome wine that ranks up with the crÃ¨me de la crÃ¨me of the vintage." 2/19