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Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac 2003


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Concentrated and full bodied, dense flavors of creme de cassis, dark chocolate, graphite, and smoke.

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While the less prominent regions of Bordeaux are home to some of the earliest adopters to sustainable viticulture, the watershed moment for biodynamics in Bordeaux belongs to the Pauillac 5th growth, Pontet-Canet. The efforts of Jean-Michel Comme and Alfred Tesseron to move to sustainable viticulture began in the mid-Nineties, culminating in Biodynamic certification in 2010—a vintage which earned them a perfect 100 point score from Robert Parker.

While we don't generally put much store by scores, it's worth mentioning this one, as it sparked other, more-established estates on the Médoc to investigate the philosophy and spurred Pontet-Canet to go even further; they've increased the number of horses ploughing vineyards and even started to age some of the wine in amphorae.

Professional Reviews

Robert Parker

RP 95
"The spectacular 2003 Pontet Canet is still incredibly young and vigorous. This full-bodied classic boasts a dense purple color as well as a superb nose of graphite, creme de cassis, forest floor, licorice and a hint of truffles, low acidity, and extravagant richness. Most of the tannins have been resolved in this superstar of the vintage. It should continue to drink well for 10-15+ years." -Robert Parker

Wine Spectator

WS 93
"Dark plum, fig and blackberry fruit shows a hint of torréfaction but stay fairly juicy and defined, while singed cedar, smoldering tobacco and charcoal notes score the finish. Cedar and dried currant fruit wind up together at the every end. Very Pauillac, and though a touch short on refinement, this shows good stuffing and energy for the vintage."

Wine Enthusiast

WE 91
"A closed, austere wine; more solid than fruity, showing very firm tannins. There is a pronounced smoky character as well, with cigar box aromas and toasty flavors. What is certain is that this wine—racy and not too heavy—will develop slowly. Imported by Diageo Chateau & Estates."


  • Grape Variety

    Cabernet Sauvignon , Merlot , Other Regional Grapes , Red Blend

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  • Style

    Earthy , Rich , Spicy

  • Sweetness


  • Body

    Full Bodied

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