Wine Advokate: 95-97/100 Punkte ´´The 2016 Pontet-Canet is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Petit Verdot and 39% Merlot, less Cabernet this year because of the size of the berries. I tasted the wine on two visits to the property around two weeks apart, plus additional tastings at négoçiants. It has an intense bouquet with layers of blackberry, sloes and fresh mint, just a hint of black truffle in the background. It is certainly a little more opulent compared to its peers. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, a little spicier than I expected (in a positive sense) with gentle grip in the mouth. It fans out with confidence, a voluminous Pontet-Canet with an extremely persistent aftertaste, and a saline and balsamic finish. This is an extravagant Pauillac for the vintage that will age over many years.´´ Trinkgenuss: 2026 bis 2050 Weinwisser: 19/20 Punkte ´´… (60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot, 34 hl/ha) Dichtes, konzentriertes, komplexes, süsses, opulentes Bouquet, schwarze Kirschen, Pflaumen, Lakritze, Minze. Konzentrierter, üppiger, samtener, vielschichtiger Gaumen mit cremiger, fein muskulöser Struktur, vielfältiger, dunkler, süsser Aromatik, dichter Frucht, viel feinem Tannin, sehr langer, süsser, üppiger Abgang mit vielen Rückaromen.´´ James Suckling: 98-99/100 Punkte ´´Vivid and full of energy with blackberry, currant and salt. Full body, intense and long. Harmony. Purpose. Classicism. The mineral and currant character is all year. A seamless tannin texture. Great wine. You want to drink it now!´´ Antonio Galloni vinous: 96-99/100 Punkte ´´The 2016 Pontet-Canet has been absolutely brilliant on the three occasions I´ve tasted it so far. Exotically ripe, powerful and voluptuous, it brings together the richness of the 2009 with the structure of the 2010. There aren´t too many other 2016s where that is the case, but it is undoubtedly true here. The 2016 is a spectacular wine by any measure, while Pontet-Canet confirms its rarefied place as a true original in Bordeaux. Technical director Jean-Michel Comme added that Cabernet Sauvignon plays a slightly lesser role in the blend because the berries had less juice than normal at harvest. Comme also bumped up the new oak slightly, to 55 percent. The rest of the wine was aged in neutral oak (10 percent) and amphora (35 percent). In a word: Superb. Tasted three times.´´ Wine Enthusiast: 97-99/100 Punkte ´´This wine is so dense and concentrated, with magnificent fruit. The tannins are velvety, but, at the same time, the wine has a dry side that will allow it to age so well. Juicy blackberries and great tannins work in harmony. The estate is in its seventh vintage certified biodynamic.´´ Falstaff: 94-96/100 Punkte ´´Tiefdunkles Rubingranat, opaker Kern, dezente Randaufhellung, reife Herzkirschen, süße Pflaumen, feine Kräuterwürze, ein Hauch von Nougat, facettenreiches Bukett. Saftig, elegante Textur, feine Extraktsüße, eingebundene Tannine, gute Frische, süße Frucht im Abgang, gutes Entwicklungspotenzial.´´ Decanter: 97/100 Punkte ´´This is richly layered with seductively ripe fruit. The quality and texture of the brambled blackberries, cassis and bilberries is striking. There is a sense of lightness and juiciness but also depth and flesh - you can feel the joy of that contrast at every step as the wine stretches out in front of you, hard to resist. 2016 is another vintage where they are up at 95%+ of grand vin, this year aged in 55% new casks, 10% in one year old casks and 35% in amphorae. Feel the effects of biodynamics make Pontet Canet stand out for its energy and lush tannins, even with the concentration of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.´´ Trinkgenuss: 2027-2050 Bitte beachten Sie die Sonderbedingungen der Subskription in unseren AGB.
Wine Advoctate: 96-98/100 Punkte ´´The 2016 Angelus is a blend of 40% Cabernet Franc and 60% Merlot with much of the production zoning in on the more clayey soils that are ideal in a dry growing season like this. Picked from 4 to 21 October and matured entirely in new oak, it has a very intense bouquet with multilayered blackcurrant, blueberry and floral notes, very refined and precise, not unlike the 2010 in some ways, but I would argue this is more sophisticated. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, crisp acidity, symmetrical in terms of focus with just the right amount of sappiness on the saline finish. It is a superb Angelus from the de Boüard family, destined to give pleasure over many, many years. Once in bottle, I expect it to land towards the top of my banded scale.´´ Trinkgenuss: 2026-2060 Vinous: 94-97+/100 Punkte ´´One of the more surprising wines of the vintage, the 2016 Angélus shows a level of finesse that has not exactly been the norm here in recent years. Persistent and energetic on the palate, the 2016 Angélus boasts tons of nuance, with plenty of detail in all of its elements. A closing burst of Cabernet Franc-inflected floral and spice overtones give the wine an exotic flair. The 2016 is a fabulous Angélus. It´s as simple as that.´´ Wine Enthusiast: 97-99/100 Punkte ´´This wine is certainly structured, but it is the fruit that gives it its greatness. Beautiful ripe berries and plums burst from the glass. They are backed by ample tannins on the palate, as well as great acidity that gives the year its freshness. It is a very fine wine, packed with fruit and with everything it needs to age for many years.´´ Decanter: 97/100 Punkte ´´A wonderful Angélus, rich in the character of this vintage. Stunning length on the silky tannins. This extends outwards, and the architecture is very much more linear than circular (as it is in some vintages), with a lovely freshness and power. I just love how effortless this feels, with deeply intense black fruits and a dried herb edge. The flesh isn´t overt but absolutely present. Likely to take on some more weight over time and it will certainly take its time to reach its perfect drinking window. Wonderful sense of energy, power and intensity, yet it´s so drinkable now. The 100% new oak is very well-integrated, a brilliant success. Blend is 60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Franc, with the lowest pH for many years at 3.7 (the 2009 more like 3.9), mainly because the wide temperature differences between day and night slowed down the maturing process and kept freshness.´´ Trinkgenuss: 2027-2050 Weinwisser: 19/20 Punkte ´´… Konzentriertes, komplexes, frisches, samtenes Bouquet, schwarze Beeren, Korinthen, fein Lakritze, Tabak, Minze, fein Eukalyptus. Konzentrierter, vielschichtiger, kraftvoller, aromatischer Gaumen mit kräftiger, süsser Frucht, viel feinem Tannin, dichtverwobener, samtener, fein muskulöser Struktur, vielfältiger, dichter, dunkler Aromatik, sehr langer, dichter, frischer Abgang.´´ James Suckling 99-100/100 Punkte ´´Incredible depth of fruit to this Angélus, which is dense yet also agile and energetic. There’s just so much dynamic fruit and tannin structure. Makes you want to taste and taste. What a young wine! We will see if 2016 is better than 2015. Both are great.´´ Bitte beachten Sie die Sonderbedingungen der Subskription in unseren AGB.
Robert Parker´s Wine Advocate: 93-95/100 Punkte ´´The 2017 Cheval Blanc is composed of 56% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc and 14% Cabernet Sauvignon-an unusually high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon for this wine. Deep garnet-purple colored, it opens slowly to reveal a gorgeous lilacs, roses, licorice and black truffles nose over a compelling core of cassis, warm plums, wild blueberries and cigar box plus a waft of wood smoke. Medium to full-bodied, firm and earthy in character on the palate, it packs in tightly wound fruits and mineral accents, culminating in a long, perfumed finish. 50,000 bottles are to be produced.´´ James Suckling 97-98/100 Punkte ´´This is tight and very tannic with a linear and steely backbone of texture. Full-bodied, compacted and complete. Muscular and flexing it but polished and toned. Wow. There is 6% cabernet sauvignon in the blend, which may be giving this even more strength. Very, very long. Very Left Bank in terms of the power and depth.´´ Vinous (Neal Martin): 93-95/100 Punkte ´´The 2017 Cheval Blanc comes from 97% first generation grapes and 3% second generation from two-thirds of the vineyard, using a sorting table to select the ripest berries that were matured separately in small vats. The rejected second generation were sold off in bulk and not blended into the deuxième vin. There is a high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon and comparatively lower percentage of Cabernet Franc due to the frost damage. So this is a more Left Bank Cheval Blanc using more the gravel soils than clay since the latter are colder. It has a tightly wound, almost Saint Estèphe-inspired bouquet, with fresh blackberry, cedar, wet clay and light iris-like aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, masculine in style, less corpulent than the 2015 or 2016, stricter and more linear, a ´´cool´´ Cheval Blanc that eschews the florality of previous vintages with a saline, marine-tinged finish. This is a cerebral Cheval Blanc, not the greatest in recent years, but one of the most interesting to sit and think about (and then drink of course!). Trinkreife: 2024-2042´´ Wine Enthusiast: 95-97/100 Punkte ´´Barrel Sample. Ripe and juicy with immense fruitiness, the black currant flavors and solid tannins are an indication of the long future ahead of this wine. Big in structure, it has a richly perfumed character as well as great fruit. It´s a great wine that´s ready to age for many years.´´ Decanter: 96/100 Punkte ´´A sense of forward motion here makes you smile - a reaction that´s missing in many wines this year. The tannins push their way right through the palate, but cradle the cassis and bilberry fruit rather than smother it, helped by the fact that floral and smoky aromatics rise up. There´s good persistency and you get that little kick and dance of minerality. The precision engineering is clear, but the overall feeling is simply of cohesion and enjoyment. 3.65ph. 100% new oak, but without a trace even now at this early stage. Approximately 60% of the wine this year came from the gravelly plots which were less affected by the frost, which accounts for a slightly higher level of Cabernet Sauvignon than usual. They used perhaps 1% of secondary budding in this blend (five weeks behind schedule at bud-break and then around 15 days by harvest) and kept picking from 15 September to 11 October - an extremely long schedule compared to most estates in 2017. With around 30% loss to frost, there will be 50,000 bottles of Cheval in 2017, compared to 116,000 in 2016. 21hl/ha yield this year, 75% destined for the grand vin. Drinking Window 2026 – 2040” Weinwisser: 19,5/20 Punkte ´´56 % Merlot, 30 % Cabernet Franc. 14 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 77 % Grand Vin. 13 Vol.-%. Produktion: 55.000 Flaschen. 45 hl/ha, 5 % aus «Second Generation-Austrieb». Dichtes dunkles Purpur mit violettem Schimmer. Komplexes, kühl ausgerichtetes Bouquet mit Pflaumen, frisch geriebene Schokolade, frischem Darjeeling und herrlich floralen Noten (Veilchen). Im zweiten Ansatz mit süssen Kirschen, frisch gemahlenem schwarzen Bergpfeffer und dunklen Edelhölzern mit viel tiefgründiger Würze. Am Gaumen mit sattem, sehr dichtem Extrakt, dabei klassisch bleibend, so feingliedrig habe ich diesen Wein bei den Primeurs noch nicht erlebt. Im langen Abgang betört er mit Lakritze, frischem Szechuanpfeffer und Wildkirsche. Das ist flüssiges, pures Kaschmir – was für eine Delikatesse! Der beste Wein aus St.-Émilion dieses Jahr, mit dem höchsten Anteil an Cabernet