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The Story

Pontet-Canet has always been a legendary Médoc. It is deep ruby-red, crimson, and sometimes almost black colour and has a characteristic bouquet of black fruit (especially blackcurrant), liquorice, and prune as well as fig, cedar, and sometimes cocoa overtones. Pontet-Canet combines power and elegance, as well as concentration and fullness on the palate. Rather sinewy in style, Pontet-Canet is clearly a classical wine with a tannic structure that provides excellent ageing potential. The château team is conscious of the fact that they are following in the footsteps of more than three centuries of tradition, with each period contributing its technical innovations in the interest of quality and in order faithfully to reflect the terroir. Château Pontet-Canet and the estate's second wine, Hauts de Pontet-Canet, are sold exclusively via the Bordeaux wine trade.


Of the 120 hectares (300 acres) estate of Pontet-Canet located in the northern end of the Pauillac commune, across the road from first growth Château Mouton Rothschild, 80 ha (200 acres) are under vine.[2] The soil composition is mainly gravel over a subsoil of clay and limestone. The grape variety distribution is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc.[2] Vines average 35 years of age.

Pontet-Canet has one of the largest productions of any classified growth in the Medoc with a production of nearly 20,000 cases of its grand-vin, and another 20,000 cases of its second wine, Les Hauts de Pontet. Harvesting is done by hand, and after sorting the grapes are moved into the estate's gravity-feed cellars for crushing. Fermentation takes place in a mixture of concrete and stainless steel vats. Wines are aged for 16-20 months in up to 60% new oak barrels before fining with egg whites and bottling.

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12 tasting notes

Tasting note


Opulent and Rich


Average in Acidity, Concentrated, Ripe, Jammy, Powerful, Dry and Silky tannins

Written Notes

Tasted in April 2016.  This wine had evident oak on the nose, mellow construction, not that flamboyant as in 2009 and 2010, but very refined and sophisticated, long fruity finish. 95% of whole production went into Grand Vin and yield per ha was 33 hl.

  • 96p
Dark purple red with violet hue and black core. Wonderful nose with fine perfume, ripe berries, black cherries, grated dark chocolate, vanilla and gingerbread spices, plums and ripe blueberries in the background. On the palate silky tannins, pure fruit, elegant mid-palate and long aftertaste.
  • 97p
Medium deep colour. Dark cherry, chinotto, cassis, ginger notes. Lovely supple and fleshy wine with cassis cola, fine sinewy touch grippy tannins bit lovely buoyancy and weight. Underlying ginger, savoury nutty notes. Lovely mineral length. 97 points
  • 97p
Decanted and poured from carafe. Very deep purple, the nose is very intense, very perfumed, meaty, violet, slight metallic edge with intense orange marmalade too. The palate is very silky and sizeable, rich, lovely rhythm here, so elegant on the finish. A classic Pauillac, great finesse, this is lovely for me very classy with lots of energy low yield with no green harvest. Above all complex. First growth quality this year bravo. Probably the finest I have tasted from this biodynamic estate. 95-98/100 2026-2050
  • 96p



Pauillac, Bordeaux

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Investment potential

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