Pontet Canet

 

 EXTREMELY HIGH QUALITY PAUILLAC WINE

 

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Melanie Tesseron, niece of present owner, Alfred Tesseron. She helps his uncle in daily management.

Pontet Canet is 81 ha, situated in Pauillac's northern part, close to Mouton Rothschild (eastern neighbor) and has been owned by Alfred Tesseron since 2000. Before his arrival, this property suffered a lot because of lack of money, which prevented important improvements in vineyard and cellar. He works closely with long time cellar master, Jean-Michel Comme, who nowadays is both in charge of vineyard and vinfication. Michel Rolland is consultant here and Alfred Tesseron greatly appreciates his deep knowledge of the vineyard.

Vines planted are Cabernet Sauvignon 62%, Cabernet Franc 4%, Merlot 32%, Petit Verdot 2%, they're 40 years old on average. Pontet Canet ages in 60% new oak.

Since 2004 vintage Pontet Canet has been organic and biodynamic. Today there are 5 horses to plough vineyard and there is a special device, so worker can sit on a kind of chair while steering horse.

Alfred Tesseron runs Pontet Canet in impeccable way and has brought quality of the wine to new heights. Since 2005 vintage, Pontet Canet has been producing wines very close to 1.Growth quality.

Tesseron family also produces wonderful Cognac!

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Pontet Canet 2015 (barrel sample) 95-96p

Tasted in April 2016. here had evident oak on the nose, mellow construction, not that flamboyant as in 2009 and 2010, but very refined and sophisticated, long fruity finish. 95% of whole production went into Grand Vin and yield per ha was 33 hl.

Pontet Canet 2014 (barrel sample) 94+p

Tasted in March 2015. Meaty wine, very stylish, refined, silky fruit and tannin, long finish. Also here acidity so remarkable in 2014 vintage has its well-defined role, assuring long life.

Pontet Canet 2013 (barrel sample) 92-93p

Tasted in April 2014. This wine was aromatic with splendidly ripe fruit on the nose and palate, silky texture, freshness, great balance and elegance. Finesse rather than power and muscles.

Pontet Canet 2012 (barrel sample) 94p

Tasted in April 2013. here was made from 65% C.Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% C.Franc and 1% P.Verdot. It is aging in 35% amphora tanks, 50% new oak and 15% one year old barrels. Very enchanting and seductive nose of black cherries. Refined, excellent fruit ripeness and excellent balance, lush silky fruit and tannin, long and silky finish. Impresive stuff.

Pontet Canet 2011 (barrel sample) 94p

Tasted in April 2012. This property produced an elegant wine in 2011. Not quite in the ligaue of 2010, 2009 and 2005 vintages, but you can't take away finesse, refined touch and silkiness from this catchy wine.

Pontet Canet 2010 (barrel sample) 96p

Tasted in April 2011. This wine had extremely aromatic and intense nose with black sweet cherries, strong structure, excellent balance and stunning length. Sophisticated and nuanced. Less concentrated than 2009 but still an awesome effort!

Pontet Canet 2009 97p

Tasted twice - last time in October 2012. Consistent notes. Very ripe fruit on the nose and palate, very long on the palate, velvety with silky fruit and silky tannin. Impressive sweetness of fruit. Rich and sophisticated. Excellent balance. Surprisingly drinkable now and imho there's little competition between fruit and tannin. It's like more finesse and elegance than power and strength, I did expect more concentration here, but maybe this wine just represents the style of the vintage. Awesome effort but not 100p wine for me. 97p.

Pontet Canet 2008 95p

Tasted in October 2012. More intense and powerful than 2006, better complexity, deeper and longer, strong structure, sophisticated and with stunning length. Excellent stuff. Again a great, stylish and classy Pauillac/Bordeaux wine.

Pontet Canet 2007 91p

Tasted twice - last time in October 2012. Consistent notes. Light version of 2006, very fruity, charming and round, well-balanced, smooth and graceful finish. Great success for the vintage.

Pontet Canet 2006 93p

Tasted twice - last time in October 2012. Consistent notes. Very intense and fresh nose of aromatic blackcurrants and blackberries, tannin is very finely grained, impressive balance, splendid concentration, complexity and length. Very stylish wine for long keeping.

Pontet Canet 2005 97p

Tasted twice - last time in October 2007. Consistent notes. Black red. It had lot of new oak and black cherries as well. Was a very powerful wine with stunning balance, multilayered structure and very long aftertaste, which came agonisingly close to 1. Cru quality! Breathtaking! Tasted again in October 2007 at the property (already bottled) and it was even better with fabulous texture, fantastic balance and exceptional richness.

Pontet Canet 2004 94p

Tasted twice - last time in October 2012. Consistent notes. Impressive, very aromatic and sappy wine, lot of ripe blackcurrants and blackberries here, splendid structure and length on the palate. Velvety. Great balance and rich on nuances. Excellent stuff.

Pontet Canet 2003 93p

Tasted in October 2012. Alfred Tesseron calls this wine a "Mediterrenian" style. I don't quite agree, as it didn't show any "warm" flavours on fruit and tannin wasn't dry. All In all it showed more concentration, more depth and better complexity than 2001. Long finish. Splendid wine.

Pontet Canet 2002 90p

Tasted three times - last time in September 2010. Consistent notes. Elegant and fruity wine with nice balance and long aftertaste. A joy to drink now.

Pontet Canet 2001 91p

Tasted twice - last time in September 2009. Consistent notes. It catches your attention with aromatic flavours, superb structure and splendid balance.

Pontet Canet 1999 87p

Tasted in August 2005. Charming and ready to drink. Should be consumed quickly.

Pontet Canet 1994 85p

Tasted in September 2004. A bit green in the nose and on the palate – this vintage simply didn't provide grapes with enough maturity. Lean and with wet cardboard flavor.

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Tesseron family also produces wonderful Cognac (picture below).

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Latest news

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