JAMES SUCKLING: "What a finish on this Pontet-Canet. So much energy and brightness. It's full-bodied yet so tight and focused with superb fruit and transparency. It is racy and fine with super fine texture. It's like crushed cabernet sauvignon with cassis, tobacco and cigar box. Licorice and spices. Freshness of the seed. 57% cabernet sauvignon, 35% merlot, 4% cabernet franc, and 4% petit verdot."
FALSTAFF: "14,7 % Tiefdunkles Rubingranat, opaker Kern, violette Reflexe, zarte Randaufhellung. Feine Nuancen von Herzkirschen und Zwetschken, süßer Cassis ist unterlegt, zarte Edelholznuancen, feine tabakige Nuancen, einladendes Bukett. Komplex, straff, schwarze Waldbeeren, mineralischer Kern, wirkt sehr konzentriert und engmaschig, besitzt eine eindrucksvolle Frische, ohne jede Spur von Opulenz, zeigt große Länge, sicherer Reifepotenzial, feine Kräuterwürze und salzige Nuancen im Nachhall."
JEB DUNNUCK: "The 2022 Château Pontet-Canet is brilliant and should easily be up with the crème de la crème from the Médoc. Based on 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, and 4% each of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, it was vinified mostly in concrete (there's a small part in wood), and the aging is in 50% new French oak, 35% in amphora, and the rest in once-used barrels. It has an incredibly pure bouquet of cassis, graphite, lead pencil, and scorched earth. This carries to a full-bodied Pauillac with a deep, layered mid-palate, building tannins, and a great finish. It has the purity, richness, and structure that makes this vintage so compelling and is going to be drinkable with just 4-6 years of bottle age but have an incredibly long life."
LISA PERROTTI-BROWN: „The 2022 Pontet-Canet is a blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, and 4% Petit Verdot, aging 50% in new oak barrels, 35% in amphoras, and 15% in used barrels. Deep garnet-purple in color, it needs considerable swirling and coaxing to reveal aromas of damp earth, fragrant soil, crushed rocks, and underbrush, giving way to a profound core of blackcurrant cordial, juicy black plums, and fresh blackberries. The full-bodied palate is laden with nuanced black fruits, slowly releasing earthy and mineral-laced flavors, framed by firm, ripe, grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing on a lingering fragrant earth note. Talk about tasting the place! This is Pauillac in all its powerful, energetic glory."
WEINWISSER: "57 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 35 % Merlot, 4 % Cabernet Franc, 4 % Petit Verdot. Ernte: -20 % im Vergleich zum vergangenen Jahr. Delikates Bouquet, frisch gepflückte Alpenheidelbeeren, getrocknete Rosenblätter und Graphit, dahinter Marokkominze, Holundergelee und heller Tabak. Am vielschichtigen, durchtrainierten Gaumen mit ungeheurer Tiefe und beeindruckender Dichte, seidig-cremiger Textur, vibrierender Rasse und kakaoartigem, engmaschigem Tanningerüst. Im konzentrierten, langanhaltenden Finale blaubeerige Konturen, dunkle Mineralik und feinkörnige Adstringenz. Besticht dieses Jahr durch Reinheit und Eleganz mit großem Lagerpotenzial. Justine beschreibt die Lese als "à la carte", dem gibt es nichts hinzuzufügen! 2029 – 2055."
THE WINE CELLAR INSIDER: "Deep purple with a blue hue in color, the wine is almost opaque in color. Cassis, flowers, plums, licorice, and tobacco leaf aromas adorn the perfume. It is already clear that with this wine, it is the purity in the fruit that stands out. The palate is equally pure, with its layers of glycerin-filled blackberries, and plums. The wine is lush, as well as refined. The finish meshes concentration with elegance, power with purity, lift and length. The peppery, spicy note, along with the resounding minty-freshness, and a touch of anise in the long, finish is what stands out here. There is no sensation of heat or over ripeness in this wine in the mid-palate or in the finish. The wine blends 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot.14.7% ABV, pH 3.8. Harvesting took place September 8 - September 28. This is longest harvest and the earliest harvest in the history of the estate. The wine is aging in a combination of 50% new, French oak, and 35% Amphora. Pontet Canet is often a slow starter in barrel. My score could go higher when the wine is in bottle. Drink from 2028-2060."
DECANTER: "Vibrant, vivid purple colour in the glass, rich and deep. Smells bright, super fresh and expressive on the nose with freshly-picked blackcurrants and perfumed purple flowers - the Petit Verdot, really standing out. Clean and clear, creamy, powdery and softly chewy on the palate. The texture is lovely, you can tell they haven't over extracted but there’s still clear concentration with a gentle succulence provided by the acidity, cool freshness and appealing mineral touches alongside liquorice, clove, dried herbs and bitter chocolate. Enjoyable and well defined if still a little compact. 3.85pH. 4% Cabernet Franc completes the blend. 15% press wine used. Harvest 8 - 28 September, the earliest and longest ever. 20% lower yields than in 2021. The technical team used a clay sunscreen on the grapes to avoid burning. Tasted twice."
JANCIS ROBINSON: "Deep crimson to the rim. Subtle, scented nose. Crunchy tannins but wrapped in generous fruit. Concentrated, punchy, powerful but refined tannins. Tight, firm finish. Bit of a glow but enough freshness to provide balance. Needs to gel but clear potential. "