Chateau Pontet-Canet's estate finds itself in the heart of Pauillac's Appellation. In 1975, the reputable cognac collector and merchant, Guy Tesseron, became its new owner and today, his sons Alfred and Gerard have carried on his legacy and have progressively restructured the estate. Starting with a model vat house: influenced by the Eiffel style and constructed at the end of the nineteenth century, the oak vat room was revolutionary. Its two-floor design enabled the harvest to be received on the top floor and transferred by gravity into the vats below. Stainless steel vats gave way to smaller cone-shaped cement vats, producing smaller volumes for vinification. This leads to more precise grape selection and ultimately higher quality grapes.
Parker : 96 / 100
J. Robinson : 16+ / 20
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Composed of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the medium to deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Pontet-Canet gives up beautifully fragrant notes of rosehip tea, lilacs, cinnamon stick, cloves, dried leaves and underbrush with a core of kirsch, raspberry coulis, warm plums and red and black currants plus a waft of pencil shavings. Medium-bodied, the palate is refreshing, minerally and wonderfully elegant with a well-played texture of approachable, plush tannins and a long, fragrant finish. Beautiful. Aging took place in 50% new and 15% in second fill barrels and the remaining 35% in amphorae for 16 months, much of the material for which came from the soil at Pontet-Canet!