Alfred Tesseron is one of the first proprietors in Bordeaux to have fully embraced the biodynamic movement. His outbuildings no longer house tractors; they have been converted back to stables for Reine, Babette and Kakou (his three working horses). Whether one believes that the lunar cycle or burying animal skulls has any impact on quality, one thing is for sure; Pontet Canet produces wine of at least second growth quality. Some would say that they are giving their neighbours at Mouton a run for their money. If you are looking for really smart Pauillac, you need look no further. The 2009 is possibly the best wine to date from this estate; it certainly rivals the monumental 2005. This has a beautiful nose of violets, crème de cassis, cranberries, fine tuned fruits and cedar. There is layer upon layer of gorgeously linear, delicious fruit, including waves of blueberries, red berries, cassis and cabernet fruits. The texture is wonderfully silky and refined with beautifully precise tannins. An exceptionally concentrated, pure, seamless and complete Pontet Canet.
"An amazing wine in every sense, this classic, full-bodied Pauillac is the quintessential Pontet Canet from proprietor Alfred Tesseron, who continues to reduce yields and farms his vineyards biodynamically – a rarity in Bordeaux. Black as a moonless night, the 2009 Pontet Canet offers up notes of incense, graphite, smoke, licorice, creme de cassis and blackberries. A wine of irrefutable purity, laser-like precision, colossal weight and richness, and sensational freshness, this is a tour de force in winemaking that is capable of lasting 50 or more years. The tannins are elevated, but they are sweet and beautifully integrated as are the acidity, wood and alcohol (which must be in excess of 14%). This vineyard, which is situated on the high plateau of Pauillac adjacent to Mouton Rothschild, appears to have done everything perfectly in 2009. This cuvee should shut down in the cellar and re-open in a decade or more. Anticipated maturity: 2025-2075." 100/100 Robert Parker, Wine Advocate #199
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.
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.