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Date Printed: 8/22/2014
Chateau Grand-Pontet  2005
Chateau Grand-Pontet 2005
(search item no. 94829)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $54.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Sophie Porquet, the same woman who makes the fabulous Joanin-Becot in the Cotes de Castillon, has run this property since 1999. A 35-acre vineyard situated on limestone and sandy/clay soils, it is generally a blend of 70% Merlot and equal parts Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. The blockbuster 2005, which tastes even better than it did last year, boasts an opaque purple color as well as aromas and flavors of chocolate, espresso roast, melted licorice, and blackberry liqueur. Huge muscle, richness, power, and fruit, a terrific, multilayered texture, and a long, tannic finish are accompanied by a natural alcohol of 14% plus. The dry extract figures are almost off the charts. Give it 5-6 years of bottle age, and consume it over the following 25-30 years. It is a sleeper of the vintage."
-Wine Advocate 91-93

"Intense aromas of crushed berry, toasty oak, coconut and milk chocolate lead to a full-bodied palate, with soft, velvety tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Stylish and voluptuous. Best after 2013."
-Wine Spectator

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About Chateau Grand-Pontet:

Château Grand-Pontet is a Grand Cru Classé and has been under the same ownership as Château Beau-Séjour Bécot since 1980. The wine is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. It is matured in wood for 12-18 months with 50 percent new oak.