2010 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac

SKU #1149189 100 points James Suckling

 The aromas to this are incredible with blueberry, minerals, dried flowers, and stones. It goes to dried meat and spices. Full body and incredibly integrated with blackberry, licorice, and minerals. There's a wonderful purity to this. It goes on for minutes. The quality of tannins is amazing. Seamless. There's an amazing transparency that shows you all the elements of the wine's unique terroir. Try after 2018.  (11/2013)

100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 An absolutely amazing wine... It comes from one of the few biodynamic vineyards in Bordeaux, but you are likely to see many more, given the success that Tesseron seems to be having at all levels, both in his vineyards and in his fermentation/winemaking. An astounding, compelling wine with the classic Pauillac nose more often associated with its cross-street neighbor, Mouton-Rothschild, creme de cassis, there are also some violets and other assorted floral notes. The wine has off-the-charts massiveness and intensity but never comes across as heavy, overbearing or astringent. The freshness, laser-like precision, and full-bodied, massive richness and extract are simply remarkable to behold and experience. It is very easy, to become jaded tasting such great wines from a great vintage, but it is really a privilege to taste something as amazing as this. Unfortunately, it needs a good decade of cellaring, and that’s assuming it doesn’t close down over the next few years. This is a 50- to 75-year wine from one of the half-dozen or so most compulsive and obsessive proprietors in all of Bordeaux. Is there anything that proprietor Alfred Tesseron is not doing right? Talk about an estate that is on top of its game! Pontet-Canet’s 2010 is a more structured, tannic and restrained version of their most recent perfect wine, the 2009. Kudos to Pontet-Canet! (RP)  (2/2013)

98 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2010 Pontet-Canet lags behind the 2009, but these two vintages can be hard to compare due the drastically different styles. Where the 2009 is broad, expansive, and showy, the 2010 starts our more reserved and classic in style, with beautiful notes of cassis, cedarwood, lead pencil shavings, tobacco, and damp earth all developing with air. Deep, beautifully concentrated, full-bodied, and powerful, it’s built for the long haul and needs 5-7 years of bottle age, but I suspect will see its 50th birthday in still fine drinking form. 98+  (10/2018)

98 points Wine Enthusiast

 Dense, yes, but this is also a handsome wine that balances complex tannins with pure black currant fruits that shine. This biodynamic wine has a generous, full and rich feel, ripe with just a touch of restraint. The greatness of the wine shows in its purity with a deceptive simplicity that hides the final complex tannins and structure. (RV)  (5/2013)

97 points Wine Spectator

 This is big, broad and powerfully rendered, but remarkably polished and refined at the same time. An enormous core of roasted fig, blackberry and black currant fruit is suavely wrapped with roasted apple wood and sandalwood, while dark espresso, loam and warm paving stone notes drive the finish. Very long, with a great tug of scorched earth at the end. A terrific combination of power and precision. (JM)  (3/2013)

96 points Decanter

 Vibrant nose, blackcurrants and blackberries and mint, with great purity of fruit. Very rich and weighty, with formidable tannins and a graphite tone. Powerful and pungent with a trace of alcohol on the finish, but enough power and density to balance it. Monumental and very long. (SB)

95 points Vinous

 Bright ruby-red. Superripe, soil-driven aromas of currant, plum, cherry pie, mocha and minerals; almost liqueur-like in its ripeness, in a 1947 way. Then huge, sweet and plush, with great volume and depth to its flavors of cassis, flowers, minerals, game and olive. Finishes with big, ripe, horizontal tannins and great mounting length. This remarkably thick wine is actually a bit youthfully stunted today and should really be cellared for ten years. It should go on for three or four decades in a cool cellar. (ST) 95+  (7/2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Delicious milk chocolate, raspberry, blackcurrant and peppery spice. Actually bears a resemblance to top class Syrah. Opulent, expressive, scented, aromatic and rich -- but all within a classic claret structure. 18/20 points. (RH)  (11/2014)


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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/14/2019 | Send Email
This seems bigger and more structured than the 2009 but equally full bodied, rich and fruity. The oodles of plush, creamy blackberry fruit, pencil lead aromas and hints of dried flowers are all there but in a tighter, cleaner and more classic style. Here the acid is a bit fresher, the tannins a touch crisper and the overall brute strength of the wine shines through more obviously. This sits at the absolute pinnacle of what can be achieved in Bordeaux and could rest in a cool cellar for 50 years.

By: Clyde Beffa Jr. | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/24/2015 | Send Email
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A perfect wine just like the 2009. Classic 100 point wine for one fourth of the first growth prices.
Drink from 2020 to 2050

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