2000 Chateau Pontet-Canet

Year: 2000
Appellation: Pauillac
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 92
Vinous Media: 93
James Suckling: 94
Jeff Leve: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
Price :
$149.95

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"A lovely lead-in of singed cedar and vanilla notes gives way to slightly taut, racy red and black currant fruit flavors that drive nicely through an iron-edged finish. Rather sleek and tightly focused, relying more on minerality than power.—2000 Bordeaux blind retrospective (December 2015). Drink now through 2023. 22,917 cases made. –JM " (WS)

"Tasted at the Pontet-Canet vertical, the 2000 Château Pontet-Canet is perhaps where things start getting interesting, as Alfred Tesseron's top-to-toe reconfiguration of the vineyard and vinification began to impact and ameliorate the wine. It has a lovely bouquet of blackberry and briary fruit, hints of black truffle developing, later damp earth. There is an intensity here, if not the complexity of the best millennial Pauillacs. The palate is medium-bodied with a mixture of red and black fruit, cedar and sous-bois percolating up through and rendering it a "serious" Pontet-Canet in keeping with the vintage. There is a subtle and yet insistent grip on the finish. It has always been a tannic wine, but these are now softening, albeit at a slower pace than some might like. Therefore, I might be inclined to hold on to bottles for another 3-4 years. Tasted February 2016." (WA)

"Deep red-ruby. Explosive nose combines raspberry, roasted currant, grilled nuts and exotic spices. Rich, sexy, silky and full in the mouth, with expressive flavors of black raspberry, game, smoke and truffle. Finishes with strong but suave tannins and excellent length." (VM)

"Extremely rich and decadent with leaf, meat and spice aromas. Ripe fruit too. Lots of toasted wood. Full and mature now. Lovely to drink now. Gorgeous." (JS)

"Perhaps this needs another decade to come around, but in a blind tasting, the wine was tannic, austere and tight. With time and effort, cassis, cigar box and spicy tobacco notes popped into place. But it's not a lot of fun to drink today. If it was my money, skip it and buy the 2003. 90 points - Tasted Dec 14, 2014" (JL)