Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2016 Grand-Pontet features bright, vibrant kirsch, warm redcurrants, blackberries and wild blueberries notions with hints of tobacco, tilled soil and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is built like a brick house, with firm, grainy tannins and a lively line lifting the fruit to a long minerally finish.
94+ points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (Nov 2018)
The deep purple-colored 2016 Château Grand-Pontet is a blend of 70% Merlot and the balance Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. It offers a pretty, lifted bouquet of black cherries, plums, violets, damp earth, and bay leaf. This gives way to a medium to full-bodied, ripe, nicely concentrated wine that has beautiful purity of fruit, rock solid mid-palate depth, moderate tannins, and a great finish. Drink this ripe, powerful 2016 over the coming 15+ years.
93 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Feb 2019)
Ripe and velvety with plenty of blackberry and cocoa-powder character, until you get to the bold, rather powerful, polished and handsomely tannic finish. A blend of 80 per cent merlot, 13 per cent cabernet franc and seven per cent cabernet sauvignon. Try from 2022.
92 points, James Suckling (Feb 2019)