2010 Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac

2010 Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac


A past Wine Access story about 2010 Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac

Pontet-Canet — a bottle that comfortably outpointed both Mouton- and Lafite-Rothschild

The Wine Advocate’s 100pt Pontet-Canet


The 2009 and 2010 vintages were the highest-rated in the history of the Gironde. As you may recall, 2009 was heralded with such fanfare that Chinese speculators flocked to the Place de Bordeaux for the April 2010 barrel-tastings. Fueled by record-breaking Robert Parker ratings, prices soared. Mired in the Great Recession, American buyers were sent packing.

While 2009 was a particularly hot growing season, making for high-alcohol Left Bank Cabernet Sauvignons of immense concentration and supple structure, 2010 was a Bordeaux collector’s Nirvana. As deeply concentrated and in many cases as high if not higher in alcohol, the top 2010s had the black-fruit intensity of 2009 with the age-worthy structure of 2005. Parker unleashed a 100-point barrage in a (must-read) brilliant vintage report entitled “Un Train (2009) Peut Cacher Un Autre (2010)” — roughly translated as “One train (or vintage) can hide the next one.”

But when the dust settled, just two Pauillac châteaux would earn perfect scores — Château Latour and proprietor Alfred Tesseron’s biodynamically farmed Pontet-Canet.

To this day, Parker’s 264-word review of the 2010 Château Pontet-Canet ranks among the most extraordinary of the critic’s 40-year career. The Wine Advocate called what many — including yours truly — believe to be the greatest wine of 2010 and one of the greatest of the last CENTURY — “an absolutely amazing wine (with) off-the-charts massiveness (and) laser-like precision.” Parker raved that this “remarkable to behold and experience” 2010 Pontet-Canet “needs a good decade of cellaring” and is a “50- to 75-year wine”!!!

While 2010 prices for Bordeaux’s First Growths will set you back more than $1,000 per bottle, the asking price for the 2010 Pontet-Canet — a bottle that comfortably outpointed both Mouton- and Lafite-Rothschild — has risen only modestly. But now, as stocks dwindle on the Place de Bordeaux, the law of supply and demand has reared its inflationary head.

It’s not often that we call a $299 bottle “a bargain.” But from an investor’s perspective, particularly with provenance guaranteed from the cellar to your doorstep, the 2010 Château Pontet-Canet isn’t just one of Robert Parker’s greatest Bordeaux of the last 40 years, it’s also the greatest value.

84 bottles are up for grabs. $299 … for the next hour or so.

Expert Ratings and Reviews

100 Points Wine Advocate
100 Points James Suckling
97 Points Wine Spectator
95 Points Vinous Media

Customer Ratings

Based on 21 ratings

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