Alfred Tesseron has lifted the reputation of this fifth growth property up to that of a ‘super second’. Along with Lynch Bages, this has become one of the most sought after wines year on year. 100% Bio-dynamic, with large parcels worked by horses; Melanie explained that there was no delestage, no pigeage and no de-leafing in 2011. Produced from 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the 2011 has been cropped at 32hl/ha, so there will be 25% less wine than in 2010. There is lovely perfume here; notes of cassis, sweet earth and violets. On the palate, perfumed purple fruit caresses the mouth; there is tremendous depth of fruit and lots of dry extract. Although this is intense and profound, it possesses a fine boned structure and a laciness to the tannins. One is left with sweet cassis and fine minerals. Another magnificent 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.
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.