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  • Weather

    21° C Clear sky
  • Time

    03:57 AM
  • Wine average?

    95 Tb
  • Country Ranking?

    115
  • Region Ranking?

    55
  • Popularity ranking?

    110

History

Forget everything, start afresh and erase old habits in order to re-connect with nature, be born anew … Alfred Tesseron and his team, led by Jean-Michel Comme, Pontet-Canet’s régisseur (estate manager) since 1989,  have completely transformed both the vineyard and the identity of Château Pontet-Canet. Leaving behind conventional vinegrowing techniques in order to embrace organic and biodynamic methods, they have allowed the terroir to reclaim ...

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Vineyards

Château Pontet-Canet is located in the heart of the Pauillac appellation, just south of châteaux Mouton Rothschild and d'Armailhac. It has the poor gravelly soil typical of the greatest vineyards. In fact, the soil has so much gravel and sand that it is difficult to imagine that anything could grow there at all. The 80-hectare (200 acres) estate is predominately planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, the signature variety for the great wines of Paui...

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Winemaking

A unique vat room was built in the 19th century which allowed the grapes from the harvest to drop into the vats by natural gravity without pumping. This method of filling combined with the use of natural yeasts gives a slow fermentation. There gentle extraction over a long period ensures the extraction of the best tannins. Taking this as his model Alfred built a modern version in 2005 : a vat room based on the same principle was built for 32 v...

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Inside information

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 t...

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