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Chateau Pontet Canet


Chateau Pontet-Canet

Appellation Pauillac Controlée

Location: Located directly across from the Chateau Mouton-Rothschild in Pauillac, Chateau Pontet-Canet has the largest production (20,000 cases) of any classified growth.

Classification: 5th Growth.

Second Wine:  The chateaux produces about 20,000 cases of a second wine, Château Les Hauts de Pontet.

Grape variety: 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc.

Vineyards:  This estate has extraordinary deposits of gravelly soil that are the greatest influence on the wines it produces.  The property has 120 acres with 80 of them under vines.  The subsoil is a mixture of clay and limestone above which are the gravels.  The vines are planted with a density of 9,000 plants per hectare and average 35 years of age.

History:  Pontet Canet began to take shape in the early 1700's when  Jean François Pontet, Master of the King's Horse and Major-General of the Médoc, purchased several parcels of land near the Gironde northwest of Pauillac.  His descendants completed the work by acquiring the vineyards known as "La Maison de Canet".

It passed into the hands of Hermann Cruse in 1865 and it was during his ownership that the estate became an important wine of the Medoc.  Until 1975, the famous Cruse family owned the Chateau Pontet-Canet and the estate was not Chateau bottled until 1972. In 1975, a well known Cognac merchant, Guy Tesseron purchased the Chateau and today his son, Alfred runs the estate. Since the sale, an immaculate tank room on two floors, an excellent chai plus large, underground cellars have been built and the general consensus is that the Tesserons have put Chateau Pontet-Canet back on track.

Vinification and aging: The wines ferment in 6 to 8 days and receive an additional 9 to 15 days of skin contact.  The vats are a mixture of stainless steel, cement and oak.  They are cooled during fermentation by the circulation of water.  The wine is aged in oak barrels for 15 to 20 months.  Half of the casks are replaced each year.  A traditional egg white fining takes place before bottling.

Style: Impressive purple color, ripe cassis fruit, full body and a rich intense finish.

Food: Excellent with grilled meats and stews.

Visitation: The chateau receives guests by appointment only.

You can e-mail Chateau Pontet-Canet by clicking here.

Tel. : (+33) - Fax : (+33)