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Pontet-Canet’s “Flawless” 2016 Pauillac, and Jean Grivot Trio!
September 3, 2019
A Note from Sergio

Whenever I feature a producer who's not Italian, I do it because that producer and its wines are so exceptional that they warrant the extra attention. Château Pontet-Canet's 2016 Pauillac is breathtaking--while I don't put a lot of stock in critics' scores or even their prognostications, some insiders have given Pontet-Canet's '16 flagship perfect scores, saying that this new release reminds them of the landmark 2010. One of the rare biodynamic growers in Bordeaux, Château Pontet-Canet makes first-rate wines, and this '16 bottling will make Bordeaux-lovers happy over and over and over again.

2016 was great for Bordeaux, and Pontet-Canet's flagship is a tremendous representation of its banner vintage, but not all great wines come from great growing years--sometimes great wines come from great producers doing amazing work in "off" vintages. This is the case with the three Jean Grivot 2011 Burgundies below. If you're a serious Burgundy lover, you probably already know and love Grivot's wines, and if you're not, here's your chance to pounce on a trio of specially priced grand cru bottles.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence: Nearly "Perfect" Château Pontet-Canet 2016 Pauillac
2. Time Sensitive Offer: Three Sleeper Vintage Greats from Jean Grivot
3. Wine Events: Upcoming September Wine Tasting Events

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Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac 2016 750ml
Chateau Pontet-Canet Pauillac 2016 750ml
Price: $179.00

A stunning effort, Pontet-Canet’s 2016 flagship marries intensity with precision, savory elements with super-ripe fruits, opulence with brisk acidity, and relative approachability with extreme longevity. Fistfuls of crisp red and brambly blue fruits mingle with potpourri, cigar wrapper, licorice, underbrush, black tea, and pencil lead in a kaleidoscopic array of notes. Polished and powerful, this wine unfolds on the palate to show exquisite balance between its chewy tannins and vivid acidity, while pure, sappy fruits find their complement in a serious mineral core. This powerhouse Bordeaux needs a few years in the cellar, but it’ll drink for decades to come--it’s a wine for the ages! A blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot in 2016, the fruit for this wine is biodynamically grown and hand-harvested, then it macerates for about a month, before aging for about 16 months in a combination of 55% new barrel, 35% cement amphora, and 15% neutral oak. more info