A Century of Bordeaux: The Twos (Sep 2022)

The 2002 Pontet Canet precedes the conversion to organic viticulture, though Alfred Tesseron had already eschewed the use of pesticides and herbicides. It has a slightly rustic nose, a touch of menthol and soot infusing the black fruit, still quite youthful. The palate is bold, firm and surprisingly sweet with black plum, liquorice and cedar. Not a million miles away from its next-door neighbour actually (Mouton-Rothschild). Just a little shortness on the finish, but otherwise this Pontet Canet is maturing well given the growing season. Tasted at the château.