Château Pontet Canet, 5ème Cru Classé, Pauillac, 2017

  Château Pontet Canet

Pontet Canet is a divisive wine. Alfred Tesseron has certainly been a pioneer, transforming this underperforming Fifth Growth into one of the most sought after wines in Bordeaux, culminating in a brace of 100 pointers in 2009 and 2010. Since then his pursuit of biodynamics on such a grand scale has raised a few questions. His wines since 2011 have been unique, but sometimes don't feel like authentic Pauillac. The 2017 is certainly more proper and several members of the team really liked the style. Initially very floral, lots of potpourri, fragrant cherries with a broad and sappy palate of dark fruit interspersed with minerals, juicy blackcurrants, herbs and warm earthy notes. 18% press wines in the blend explains the ripeness and density, but the tannins do feel a bit dry, which could be a negative consequence. It certainly feels more authentic, but we're not entirely convinced. 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.

Contains Sulphites.

About Château Pontet Canet

Pontet-Canet is a 5ème Cru Classé, located in the appellation of Pauillac. Alfred Tesseron owns and runs this sizeable estate, which covers 80ha adjoining Mouton Rothschild. The terroir is elevated gravel and the vines are a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, yielding pure wines with a distinctively smoky edge. Quality has steadily climbed here since the mid-1990's and Pontet-Canet is now one of the most exciting and in vogue properties in the Médoc. With stringent fruit selection at harvest time and brand new, innovative cement fermentation tanks, Alfred is set to keep these wines at the forefront of modern Bordeaux.

Appellation: Pauillac

The Cabernet Sauvignon domanates the appellation, in fact some might justifiably call Pauillac the most classical expression there is of Cabernet based Claret. It is sandwiched between St-Julien to the south and St-Estèphe to the north, a stone’s throw from the Gironde Estuary. The excellent drainage of the intensely gravely soils are the key to quality, producing some of the world’s most long-lived wines. The First Growths of Latour, Lafite and Mouton-Rothschild are found here, while other great Châteaux include Pichon Baron, Pichon Lalande, Pontet Canet, Lynch-Bages and Grand-Puy-Lacoste.

Grape Blend: Cab. Sauvignon | Merlot | Petit Verdot | Cab. Franc

A less widely utilised combination of the six permitted Bordeaux grapes (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot & Carmenere)