Chateau Pontet-Canet is an 81 hectare Classified Fifth Growth in the heart of the Pauillac appellation. Winegrowing philosophy of the chateau is allowing the grapes to reveal their truest selves, with little to no interference. This true expression is why the wines of Chateau Pontet-Canet are elegant and continue to grow over time.
3 centuries, 3 families
In 1705, Jean-Francois de Pontet purchased a few hectares of land north of Pauillac. He was previously the Grand Ecuyer (Master of the Horse) for Louis XV. He transformed that land into a vineyard and a few years later, he purchased more parcels in Canet. Following the cultural practices of the time, he added his name to the land to give his estate an identity. Thus creating Chateau Pontet-Canet. A short century later, Pontet-Canet was given the title of Classified Fifth Growth.
Herman Cruse, a wine merchant, took hold of the estate in 1865. The Cruse family ran the estate for 110 years, before Guy Tesseron purchased the property. Over the period of 3 centuries, only 3 families have run the estate. In a region like the Medoc, this is quite rare.
Today the vineyard is run by Alfred Tesseron and his team. They are focused on leaving behind conventional winegrowing methods in order to embrace biodynamic and organic methods. Pontet-Canet wants to focus on allowing the grapes and terroir to express their pure expressions. The Tesseron family has taken it upon themselves to continue the ever-growing tradition of Chateau Pontet-Canet with quiet determination and eyes toward the future.
Organic and biodynamic wine growing in Pauillac
Since the 1990s, the wine growing culture at Pontet-Canet has been undergoing a revolution. The chateau has tried different techniques to find the truest characteristics of the terroir and the grapes. Over time, one thing became undeniably clear: progress in viticulture stems from observation and experimentation. All the effort and all the risks are fuel on the journey to produce the ideal Pauillac wine.
The first biodynamic trial occurred in 2004. The results were so remarkable that Alfred urged his team to continue the conversion and faced the challenge head on. It was a very large commitment, and also a first for a Medoc Classified Growth. Since then, every vintage has been the result of sincerity, pragmatism and transparency.
The wines of Chateau Pontet-Canet obtained organic certification from Ecocert and biodynamic certification from Biodyvin in 2010 and from Demeter in 2014.
The vineyard is 81 hectares planted on quaternary gravel. The grape varieties planted are Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. The average vine is 40-45 years old, and harvest is done by hand in small crates.
Tasting Nature: the Wines of Chateau Pontet-Canet
Chateau Pontet-Canet is known for producing wines that emit blackberry and violet aromas. The tannins are always smooth and well-integrated. The balance is a mixture of power, class, and fruitiness. Undeniable wines of natural elegance and seductive charm. Regardless of the vintage, Chateau Pontet-Canet produces wines that age well and represent the terroir of Pauillac and the grape varieties that have been planted there for centuries.
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