95pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2006 is a wine to stockpile, especially for those in their thirties and forties as it needs another decade to reach maturity, after which it should keep for 30+ years. This vineyard, just south of Mouton Rothschild, has produced an opaque bluish/purple-colored 2006 with an extraordinarily pure nose of graphite, charcoal, sweet creme de cassis, and a hint of scorched earth. Incredible concentration, stunning richness, and a 60-second finish result in a wine that transcends the vintage as well as this estate’s 1855 classification. This enormously endowed, modern day classic is a legend in the making. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2050+.
94pts Wilfred Wong
I first tasted the 2006 Pontet-Canet out of barrel in the spring of 2007 and it was pretty impressive then. Time is bringing this big guy along nicely. The oak is still standing out prominently, some melding into the fold is occurring and predictably on the appointed timetable. Yes this one is on an excellent trajectory to follow-through on its first promise. Deep ruby color; bold and up-front in the nose with black fruit and sweet oak, some intermingling now coming into play; medium to full bodied, fully-textured on the palate; dry, medium acidity, well balanced; classic Pauillac black fruit flavors, with perfectly appointed oak in the background; medium finish, just starting to drink well. (Tasted: September 14, 2015, San Francisco, CA)
93pts Wine Spectator
Blackberry, currant and plum tart aromas lead to a full body, with a solid core of fruit, sweet fruit and silky tannins. Generous and round, with lovely richness for the vintage. Best after 2014. 23,330 cases made.
93pts James Suckling
This red is now soft and fruity with plum, berry and mineral character. It’s full-bodied with fine tannins and a gorgeous finish. Drink or hold.
92pts Wine Enthusiast
At this early stage in its development, this wine shows more structure than richness. The tannins are fully developed, dark and dense. The complexity is there, but the fruit and the elegance are still to come—and that suggests good aging potential.
Very intense color. Very strong nose, dominated above all by fruity notes and a high mineral content. Cultivation methods add a touch of additional complexity. Strong palate and full-flavored. The wine is structured, with very smooth tannins. The finish is long and savory.
Blend: 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit-Verdot