Alfred Tesseron has achieved so many wonderful things at Pontet Canet over the years. He was the first cru Classé to go fully biodynamic and he has re-introduced the use of horses in the vineyards, two practices that many of his neighbours have been quick to embrace. Since 1994, this Chateau has hardly put a foot wrong. Last year's release made headlines for all the wrong reasons, practically shooting the campaign down before most of the trade had even tasted the wines. This is beautifully perfumed with complex notes of pencil shavings, sandalwood, flowers and classy Cabernet fruits. There is wonderful clarity and precision to the flavours and exceptional transparency of fruit. The palate is dense and firm; there's nothing blowsy, it's all about strict, intense, gorgeous cassis and lacy dark fruit. There is lots of substance here to back up the gorgeous perfume and serious mineral notes, yet it is not at all heavy; one's lasting impression is of a wine with real energy, intensity and composure. Back on form and one of the wines to buy in 2014! 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot.
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.