Bottled in July, it is unfair to compare the 2007 to the 2008, although the difference in ripeness is clear. A slightly more herbaceous, earthier bouquet, sharp blackberry, a touch of soy, an attractive floral element...violets. As it did in barrel, this Pontet-Canet nods towards Margaux. Good definition though. The palate is well balanced, slightly grainy tannins on the entry, very good acidity and backbone. This is confirming the promise that it showed in barrel and the finish is developing a lovely blackcurrant and mulberry finish. Exceptional for the vintage. Drink 2011-2025. Tasted October 2009.
Crushed blackberry, currant and light licorice. Full-bodied, with lovely ripe tannins and a long, fruity finish. Balanced and refined. A beauty.
Quite rich and sweet on the nose. Not very Pauillac-like! Good, firm tannins on the palate. A creditable attempt to spin some interest out of this vintage. But pretty low key. Tannins almost too dominant. Watery finish. But there is no shortage of effort here and the wine should have a longer life than many. Just a bit too like sandpaper in terms of texture. Drink 2013-18
Good deep ruby-red. Sappy cherry, blackberry, licorice and minerals on the nose, with an almost candied quality rare for the year. Dense, sappy and pure, with enticing sweetness and noteworthy depth to the silky flavors of cassis, chocolate, licorice and minerals. Finishes with sweet, broad tannins and excellent persistence.
Intense deep red, nose still shut in, but shows fine intensity of concentration and very good, plummy middle palate, smoky and quite complex, good length and good in this vintage. Drink 2013-20.
A deep garnet core with pink rim. Like Cos d’Estournel, there is almost a Burgundian sense of fruit intensity on the nose. At first reticent - but give it a few swirls of the glass and a little patience there are aromas of ripe blackberries, a touch of mulberry, damson and a hint of fresh fig. One of the few wines to demonstrate some opulence. The palate is full-bodied, very concentrated with intense blackberries, raspberry, Morello and mouth-coating tannins (almost more than any other wine including the First Growths!) Huge grip and persistency but married with great purity and delineation. This has soft mouthfeel towards the finish, perhaps just lacking the peacock fan of flavours that a great vintage such as 2005 would show, but very long and sensuous with a touch of spice lingering on the exceptionally long aftertaste. A complete wine and a great success for the vintage. Tasted April 2008