Chateau Pontet Canet 1998

Review of the Estate

Positioned adjacent to Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Chateau Pontet-Canet is blessed with excellent terroir. Extensive improvements to vineyard practices over the past twenty years have built on this natural advantage. This has elevated the wines created at Chateau Pontet Canet to impressive heights challenging and surpassing the wines of nearby top estates, particularly in difficult vintages.

Chateau Pontet Canet is unique in Bordeaux in that they have been certified both biodynamic and organic since the 2010 vintage. Synthetic chemicals are not used and there are now horses to work the vineyards because they are gentler on the soils than tractor tires. Soils which are repeatedly worked by machines may become compacted over time and this makes it more difficult for vine roots to penetrate deeply enough into the subsoil.

All fruit at Chateau Pontet Canet is handpicked and is placed into small crates that minimise the possibility of the grapes being crushed before they reach the winery. Careful sorting is done with both vibrating machines and a large group of workers in order to remove all but the healthiest grapes.

A new and improved vat room was built in the cellars for the Chateau Pontet Canet 2005 vintage. Upgrades included cone-shaped stainless steel tanks and cement vats. The cellar also operates entirely by gravity, ensuring that the grapes, must and wine are all handled as gently as possible.

Chateau Pontet Canet uses very precise blending techniques, with parcels being fermented in small lots. After fermentation, the wine is run off into barrels, 60% of which are new, where it is then matured for 16 to 20 months.

 

Vineyard

Surface area: 160.5 acres

Grape Varieties: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot

Average age of vines: 40 years

Density of plantation: 10,00 vines per hectare

Average yields: 45 hectoliters per hectare

Average cases produced: 14,500 per year

Plateau of maturity: 15 - 50 years

 

 

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Chateau Pontet Canet Label

Robert Parker Pontet Canet 1998 Review

Score: 86 Points

1998: A pleasant, dark ruby-colored, elegant Pauillac, the 1998 displays hollowness on the mid-palate along with notes of red and black currants, tobacco, dried herbs, and earth. Although solidly-made, there is not much depth. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2012. *** This wine reveals tough, astringent tannin in addition to plenty of new oak. The dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by fine ripeness as well as a muscular, super-charged attack. However, it then becomes compressed, with the tannin assuming the upper hand. This wine will need to be retasted after bottling to see if some of the tannic ferocity has been toned down. It is a good, but old style, rustic Bordeaux that will have limited appeal for those with modern day tastes. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2015.

Score: 86

 

Chateau Pontet Canet 1998 Recent Price History

Prices below are sourced from wine-searcher.com

WineVintageJuly 2008 
Value Per Case
May 2013 
Value Per Case
Value Increase Percentage 
Increase
Pontet Canet 1998 £384 £744 £360 93.75%

Chateau Pontet Canet Wine List

Pontet Canet 1990 Pontet Canet 1991 Pontet Canet 1992
Pontet Canet 1993 Pontet Canet 1994 Pontet Canet 1995
Pontet Canet 1996 Pontet Canet 1997 Pontet Canet 1998
Pontet Canet 1999 Pontet Canet 2000 Pontet Canet 2001
Pontet Canet 2002 Pontet Canet 2003 Pontet Canet 2004
Pontet Canet 2005 Pontet Canet 2006 Pontet Canet 2007
Pontet Canet 2008 Pontet Canet 2009 Pontet Canet 2010
Pontet Canet 2011    

 

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