Chateau Pontet-Canet 1996 750ml
Pauillac, Bordeaux, France
ST91 WS91 JR16.5
Stephen Tanzer 91
Deep ruby-red. Blackcurrant, plum, tobacco and black olive nose is more complex and serious than that of either of the foregoing vintages. Thick, grapey and concentrated; still quite primary. This shows the fat and depth of the '96 vintage in the northern Medoc. Finishes long, with substantial tannins. Impressive.
Wine Spectator 91
Aromas of black licorice, currant and toasted oak. Full-bodied, with silky, refined tannins and a medium finish. Holding back still.
Jancis Robinson 16.5
Mid to pale crimson with a little age at the rim. Dried herbs and grasses on the nose. Then sweetness. Then some quite brutal tannins. This needs quite a time. Drink 2015-2030.