Just a quick update on the 2004 Château Pontet-Canet since my last taste of it, a year ago. The wine certainly has changed, shows much less closed than last time, but still has some years to go before peaking.
This 5eme Grand Cru Classé from Pauillac shows a dark robe, with elegant red tones. An intense nose with much more red fruit than black, especially red currant comes to my mind. One can already grasp the juiciness of the wine from its nose. There’s also a slight gypsum touch and I wonder how that one will evolve. On the palate the wine is of medium weight, quite classic Bordeaux, but still full of stuff. There’s juice-like acidity meeting a structure of powder-like tannin, and those tannins are really getting finer and finer each year! Grip is still strong enough. Fruit is also on the red currant side, and there’s some spice as well. I was a bit surprised when I read my last note, saying that I was worried about too little acidity – now it just seems fine. The wine shows good presence, finish is medium-long to long. I’d still say this one is a good buy for discovering the estate, especially since it is the last vintage before a substantial price jump.