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Date Printed: 4/17/2014
Chateau Pontet-Canet  2003
Chateau Pontet-Canet 2003
(search item no. 87440)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $129.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 98 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2011 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2010 James Suckling rating: 100 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 98 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 97 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 97 points
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 100 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 100 points
2009 James Suckling rating: 98 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 96 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2008 James Suckling rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 95 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 96 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 95 points
2005 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 95 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 94 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 94 points
2000 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2006!

"One of the great successes of the vintage and certainly one of the most profound Pontet-Canets made over the last decade is the 2003. Deep purple to the rim with a glorious nose of scorched earth, black currant jam, smoke, licorice, and roasted meats, it is full-bodied, incredibly powerful, dense, with low acidity but high tannin, broad-shouldered, and savory. This is a stunning, pure, classic Pontet-Canet that should be at its best between 2010 and 2035."
-Wine Advocate

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About Chateau Pontet-Canet:

Jean Francois Pontet, Royal Master of the Horse in the early 18th Century, bought and consolidated several plots of land located northwest of Pauillac. Several years later, in 1750, his descendants bought neighboring vineyards in an area named "Canet", thus creating one of the largest estates in the entire Medoc. Chateau Pontet-Canet's topography and soil predestined it to produce great wine.

In 1865, the noted wine shipper Hermann Cruse acquired the chateau and its 120 hectares of vones. The Cruse dynasty provided the financial means to make one of the greatest wines in the Medoc. In 1975, Guy Tesseron, solidly implanted in the Cognac region, and owner of Lafon Rochet in St-Estephe, purchsed Pontet-Canet. Assisted by his son Alfred, he has done much to develop the reputation of this famous classified growth. "Quality" is the key word in the vineyard and cellars.