"It's hard not to fall in love with this wine." Decanter
One of our favorite wines of the year is about to double in price to well over $300 per bottle!
That's right. Impending tariffs are about to impact several French products in early 2020. Without considerable concessions, prices of your favorite French wines (and cheese) will double due to a 100% tax.
We've already noticed prices increase and inventories dwindle as importers delay their orders.
Ahead of the tax, we've locked in prices of the 2016 Chateau Pontet-Canet, our #3 Pick of 2019.
Tax or no tax, here is why we included the 2016 Chateau Pontet-Canet in our Top Five this year:
If you have the patience, this wine will begin to blossom in about 5 years and provide an unmatched drinking experience for the proceeding 25.
I, however, don't have patience and have already begun enjoying it!
By David Gettenberg
EWM TOP FIVE of 2019 • #3
100 / 100
"A voluptuous wine, this is rich and fruity yet properly balanced by a magnificent structure. Pure, crisp and packed with a black currant flavor, this will be a remarkable wine as it develops. Still young, it needs many years to develop. Don't think about drinking before 2025."
99 / 100
The 2016 Pontet-Canet is absolutely breathtaking. Powerful, ample and racy in the glass, the 2016 is one of the most exquisitely well-balanced young Pontet-Canets I can remember tasting. Savory, high-toned aromatics and brisk mineral notes lend energy and delineation as this vivid wonderfully alive wine opens up in the glass. The flavors are dark and incisive, but it is the wine's total sense of harmony that is most compelling. All of the elements are simply in the right place. The 2016 is tremendous. It's as simple as that. As is often the case, Pontet-Canet is one of the most singular wines in Bordeaux. Alfred Tesseron could have chosen to play things safe when he took over the management of the estate in the mid-1990s. Instead, he chose a very different path. No proprietor in Bordeaux has taken more risks over the last two decades than Alfred Tesseron. A commitment to biodynamic farming, sustainability across the entire estate more broadly, and the adoption of new concepts for Bordeaux, such as aging a portion of the wine in terra cotta, set Pontet-Canet apart from other properties in Pauillac and the Left Bank. Not surprisingly, the wine is also starkly different from the wines of neighboring estates.