Technical director, Jean-Michel Comme told us that 15% of the production will be aged in amphorae specially designed by the estate. The idea is to reduce the oak influence in the wine. Jean-Michel talks a lot about producing wines that conjure up emotion - he's certainly a philosophical wine-maker, and few can deny the results he and Alfred Tesseron have achieved at Pontet Canet. The biodynamic revolution is here to stay, even in challenging vintages like 2012. The harvest took place between the 4th and 17th of October. This is the sexiest and most sumptuous Pontet Canet we can remember tasting. It may not have the depth or class of the 2005, 2009 or 2010, but is charm personified. Perfumed, fragrant bouquet of wild strawberry, crème de cassis and raspberry liqueur. This is stylish, seductive stuff, with wave after wave of extravagant velvety fruit. Such purity and sweetness. Not the most profound Pontet, but utterly moreish and a wine you will want in your cellar.
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.