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Cinquième grand cru classé - AOC Pauillac
What are the specificities of Château Pontet-Canet?
The reputation of the château - property of the Cruse family until 1975 - was served in the worst possible way for a cru classé: it was served in half bottles of non-vintage wine on the tables of the restaurant cars of the International Sleeping-Car Company. Guy Tesseron, and then his son Alfred, must therefore be credited with having had the courage, even self-sacrifice, to take over a vintage that was adrift. Ambition provided for this. Major investments were made for this exceptional wine.
The vineyard offers in tasting a wine of blends of 4 grape varieties:
- Cabernet Sauvignon 62%
- Merlot 32%
- Cabernet Franc 4%
- Petit Verdot 2%
The methods have evolved, with the harvest now being carried out in two passes and the grapes being taken away in crates. Situated in the heart of the appellation, the estate's philosophy is that respect for the vines is the order of the day. is the order of the day. A philosophy that is expressed by a minimum intervention but the most natural possible. Chemical products are banned from the estate.
After vinification in stainless steel vats, the wine is aged for 16 to 20 months in 60% new barrels The production is 350,000 bottles per year.
At Pontet Canet, there is a second wine, Les Hauts de Pontet, which owes its beginnings to the 1982 vintage. Nevertheless, Alfred Tesseron has a somewhat atypical vision. His desire being that each vintage should be tasted as nature intended. He explains: "Because each vintage tells a different story, and we want the wines to taste the same as the vintage, we don't make much of our second wine." So the yields are lower, producing less second wine, to produce a wine that tells a story every time you taste it.
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