Pontet Canet is one wine in Bordeaux that proves the 1855 classification might be a hint out of date. For a 5th Growth they are never below 3rd Growth in quality and can push some 2nds and 1st in some years. A sister estate to Lafon Rochet under the ownership of the Tesseron family, organic and biodynamic practices have been introduced to further improve the quality of the wines. Pontet’s 80 hectare is just south of Clerc Milon and Mouton Rothschild. It has 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 32% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. Rich fruit, bold structure, balance and harmony. This is an impressive Bordeaux.
The powerhouse of the Left Bank. It contains three of the five first growth wines in the Medoc and a wealth of other great Chateaux beyond that. It combines the cool charm of St-Julien to the South and the rugged richness of St-Estephe to the North and makes the wines that are often thought of as classic Bordeaux. Cabernet Sauvignon reigns here and expect wines that are built to last 40 years in a great vintage.
The noble variety of Bordeaux’s left bank. Firm tannins, a streak of acidity and punctuated by flavours of cassis, violets, spice and leather. The best examples can age for the long term. Although Cabernet does often require blending with Merlot, Cabernet Franc or Shiraz to fix the hole it has in its middle palate.
A difficult year with rain and cold weather. The best wines are lovely and great for earlier consumption.