Chateau Pontet-Canet has been reported to be one of the main movers up the quality rankings in Bordeaux. Its wine is known to be on the bigger and more intense side.
I was therefore interested to see how the 2002 Chateau Pontet-Canet would perform, a year in which getting the grapes ripe was a challenge for many. The wine comes from Pauillac, Cabernet Sauvignon heartland. The wine's colour is very dark blue. Blackcurrant flavours dominate, and I certainly did not detect any greenness in the wine. However, this Bordeaux shows a frequent problem, namely it is quite flat on the mid palate. Overall, the structure of the wine is good, with firm tannins holding it well together, the drawback is the fruit, a little flat in the middle, and a little stale on the finish.