Pontet Canet is the first 1855 classified Chateau to be certified as biodynamic. About a quarter of the vineyards are ploughed by horses and the Tesserons intend to expand this practice across the whole estate. The 2010 is produced from 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. There was no green harvesting, no de-stemming and no de-budding; the vines are allowed to run wild - a technique called bridging, which results in less canopy covering. There is an almost Burgundian style to this such is the purity and complexity. Notes of liquid minerals, ripe mulberries, crème de mûre, graphite and violets. On the palate this is effortless, this is so svelte with wonderful clarity and texture. It is dense, but light; it dances across the palate. The team used a very light extraction and no pigage. Suave, sensual and very complete.
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.