Château Pontet-Canet is a 5ème cru classé produced in the Pauillac appellation. This red wine comes from vines aged 40 to 45 years on average, planted on a total area of 81 hectares. The vineyard is located on a terroir composed of Quaternary gravel. The wine is aged for 16 months in oak barrels (60% of which are new).
Colour: Dense purple
Aroma: Classic creme de cassis, licorice and mocha and roasted espresso notes
Palate: The wine is medium-bodied, possesses excellent purity, equilibrium and sweet, but noticeable tannin. Give it 2-3 years of bottle age and drink it over the following 15 or so years.
Grape Varieties: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot
Awards: 93pts- James Suckling; 92pts – Wine Spectator; 92pts – Wine Advocate-Parker; 95pts – Wine Enthusiast
History of Chateau Pontet-Canet
Château Pontet-Canet is a wine estate located in the Pauillac region and ranked as a fifth growth in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification. Château Pontet-Canet was founded by Jean-Francois de Pontet, royal governor of the Médoc, who combined several Pauillac vineyard plots in the 1720s. His descendants added neighboring parcels in Canet. The wine was not château-bottled until 1972. It has since been owned by the Tesseron family of Cognac fame since 1975, and under the family’s control quality has risen greatly, along with auction prices and popularity. Pontet-Canet is Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant, and is full bodied with a classic tannic structure, providing the potential for long-term cellaring. The second wine of the estate is Hauts de Pontet Canet.