Justine and Melanie Tesseron welcomed us to the immaculate Pontet Canet. Bordeaux's pioneering, biodynamically farmed estate hit back last year with a tremendous wine. The 2015 is every bit as good. Produced from 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot aged in 50% new oak, 35% amphora and 15% one year old new barrels. This is a wonderfully aromatic and seductive example. Violets and sweet purple fruits leap from the glass. The palate continues the luxurious theme with waves of lavish dark damson liqueur and cassis fruit interspersed with pure cranberries and noble mineral notes. This is very sleek and beautiful with chiselled tannins coated in velvety blackcurrant flavours. There is a great sense of tension; a balance of voluptuous ripe fruit, serious tannins and mouth-watering acidity. Very smart!
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.