Jean Francois Pontet, Royal Master of the Horse in the early 18th Century, bought and consolidated several plots of land located northwest of Pauillac. Several years later, in 1750, his descendants bought neighboring vineyards in an area named "Canet", thus creating one of the largest estates in the entire Medoc. Chateau Pontet-Canet's topography and soil predestined it to produce great wine.
In 1865, the noted wine shipper Hermann Cruse acquired the chateau and its 120 hectares of vones. The Cruse dynasty provided the financial means to make one of the greatest wines in the Medoc. In 1975, Guy Tesseron, solidly implanted in the Cognac region, and owner of Lafon Rochet in St-Estephe, purchsed Pontet-Canet. Assisted by his son Alfred, he has done much to develop the reputation of this famous classified growth. "Quality" is the key word in the vineyard and cellars.
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Cabernet Sauvignon 65%, Merlot 30%, Cabernet Franc 4%, Petit-Verdot 1%
Very intense color. On the nose, both refined and complex, it is dominated by an expressive fruit of great purity. On the palate, the tannins have great amplitude characterized by finesse and a rare precision. The vibrant... more
Very deep robe. Explosive nose of black and red fruits with a beautiful minerality that one finds in recent vintages of Chateau Pontet-Canet. On the palate, the attack is full and leaves great length with finesse whilst subtlety conserving the tannins strength so characteristic of this vintage. The... more
A very beautifull color. The nose is very complex with notes of blackberry fruits as well as liquorice and cedar. On the palate, the wine shows the classic structure found in great Pauillacs with a long finish.
Cabernet Sauvignon 60%, Merlot 38%, Cabernet Franc 1%, Petit-Verdot 1% more
The 2005 vintage of this wine was ranked #7 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2008
Very intense color. Very strong nose, dominated above all by fruity notes and a high mineral content. Cultivation methods add a touch of additional complexity. Strong palate and full-flavored. The wine is... more
The color is extremely deep. The complex nose is dominated by notes of red and black fruits, Morello cherries, blackberries, etc. After a full-on attack, the wine becomes more intense on the palate while remaining fresh and elegant. It is a real moment of pleasure.
Cabernet Sauvignon 59%, ... more
#7 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2008
The work that Alfred Tesseron and his winemaking team have done at this estate since 1994 is remarkable. At this fabulous terroir just south of Mouton-Rothschild, Tesseron has made major investments, and instituted incredibly severe selections in both the... more
Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2007!
Shows beautiful aromas of crushed berries and currant, with hints of mineral. Full-bodied, with lovely currant, licorice and mint. Long and caressing. Very refined and balanced. Another winner from Pontet-Canet. Best after 2011.
Wine Spectator93 points
Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2007!
Very deep, almost opaque robe. Very intense, spicy, complex, refined nose, in which mingle red and black berry aromas (blackberries, cherries and Morello cherries) alongside liquorice, coffee and vanilla notes. On the palate the attack is full, then the wine... more
Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2006!
One of the great successes of the vintage and certainly one of the most profound Pontet-Canets made over the last decade is the 2003. Deep purple to the rim with a glorious nose of scorched earth, black currant jam, smoke, licorice, and roasted meats, it is full... more