Château Pontet Canet 2010 is a legendary Cru. After the miracle of the 2009 vintage, Château Pontet Canet renewed the feat in 2010, the first Biodynamie certified vintage at the Château. 100/100 Parker at Wine Advocate, 20/20 for Olivier Poels...
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Château Pontet Canet 2009 is probably the vintage of the 2009 vintage.
2009 is a fantastic vintage in Pauillac and more generally in Bordeaux, but Alfred Tesseron signs here a bottle of legend.
The vintage is at...
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Château Pontet Canet offers his caisse collection of vintages 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.This collection case contains the first 6 vintages made in Biodynamics at Château Pontet Canet whose wonderful 2009 and 2010 both rated...
Covering more than 80 hectares, Château Pontet Canet is one of the largest vineyards in Bordeaux. Classified as the 5th Cru Classé in 1855, it is now recognized as one of the greatest wines of Pauillac. Alfred Tesseron took over from his father Guy Tesseron in 1994 and led the estate through a profound transformation, an unprecedented revolution: Château Pontet-Canet became the first major Bordeaux estate to dare to embark on organic and biodynamic farming. Within the Grands Crus Classés, it was the first to obtain the double certification on the whole vineyard.
As a result of this family work, carried out with the help of Jean Michel Comme, the then manager, Robert Parker awarded Château Pontet Canet the coveted 100/100 rating in 2009 and 2010.
OWNERS: Alfred Tesseron and his children Justine and Noé, his nieces Mélanie and Philippine
GENERALMANAGER: Justine Tesseron
TECHNICALDIRECTOR: Mathieu Bessonnet
OENOLOGIST-CONSULTANT: Michel Rolland
APPELLATION : Pauillac
VINEYARD AREA: 81 ha
VINEYARD MANAGEMENT: Certified organic (Ecocert) & biodynamic (Biodyvin and Demeter)
SOILS: Quaternary gravel
SOIL MAINTENANCE : Shallow tillage
PRUNING METHOD : Double Guyot Médocain
AVERAGE AGE OF THE VINEYARD : 50 years old
PLANTATION DENSITY: 9500 vines per ha
GRAPE TYPE: 62 % Cabernet Sauvignon - 32 % Merlot 4 % Cabernet Franc - 2 % Petit Verdot
HARVESTING : Manual in small crates
VINIFICATION : Manual sorting and destemming. Alcoholic fermentation with indigenous yeasts, maceration for 4 weeks with light punching down, malolactic fermentation in vats
AGEING : 50% in new barrels, 35% in concrete amphorae, 15% in 1 wine barrels - for 16 to 18 months
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At the beginning of the 18th century, aristocrats and magistrates built sumptuous buildings in the heart of the vineyards on the Médoc lands. Thus Jean Francois Pontet, Governor of the Médoc, and his son Jean Pierre acquired land in Pauillac and in the Canet area. As was customary at the time, in 1757, he associated his name with that of the estate on which he had built the Château: Château Pontet-Canet was born.
A century later, the reputation of the wines and the prosperity of Château Pontet Canet were consecrated during the famous classification of 1855 ordered by Napoleon III: Château Pontet Canet became 5th Grand Cru Classé of Pauillac.
In 1865, Henri Herman Cruse bought the property. Established since 1815 in Bordeaux, the Cruse family with the Cru & Hirshfeld trading house became one of the leading merchants in Bordeaux. With the collaboration of Charles Skawinski, he designed a revolutionary winery where the grapes were fed into the vats through a stave that was led to a platform on the second floor. Herman Cruse built the reputation of Château Pontet Canet's wines around the world.
In 1975, the estate was bought by Guy Tesseron, a winegrower and Cognac merchant who already owned Château Lafon Rochet. In 1994, he entrusted the management of the property to his son Alfred Tesseron.
In 2015, his daughter Justine joined the family adventure, she remains attached to the work of her father and knows where she wants to take the property "always further, to renew the exception". Her brother Noé and her cousins, Mélanie and Philippine, are the other co-owners.
For more than 40 years, the Tesseron family has watched over the destiny of Pontet-Canet. In three centuries, the Château has known only three owner families, a singularity in the Médoc.
The vineyards of Château Pontet Canet: 800,000 vines located on a hundred parcels cover the 81 hectares all located in the Pauillac appellation.
To the north, the vines are surrounded by two prestigious neighbors, Château Mouton Rothschild and Château Lafite Rothschild.
The Plateau de Pontet-Canet is made up of a Garonne gravelly ridge that rests on a limestone base. This thin but well-drained soil is the land of the great Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that make up more than 60% of the Château Pontet Canet blend. The oldest plots on the Plateau date back to the late 1940s. In the heart of the plateau, an exceptional plot produces Cabernet Franc which gives the final blend of Château Pontet-Canet its nobility and tannic finesse.
The other part of the vineyard is located on the banks of the Garonne. The soil is more chalky, cooler and richer, which is perfectly suited to Merlot and produces wines that are more structured and fleshy than those of the Plateau. Finally, on four parcels of this hillside, the Château has planted its Petit Verdot, which brings its spicy notes to the blend.
This parcel identity of Chateau Pontet Canet can be appreciated glass in hand.
I would argue that there is something reasonable and finished, French-style, in a glass of Pontet-Canet.
HENRY JAMES - VOYAGE EN FRANCE, 1877
A sensitive dialogue between man and vine.
Biodynamic viticulture at Château Pontet-Canet is the result of a long intellectual journey and of a lot of observation: observe to understand, understand to anticipate what too often escapes our human probes.
When others judged his risk-taking insane, Alfred Tesseron and his manager tirelessly pursued their experiments to make the necessary changes step by step to create a grand cru classé produced on a terroir entirely turned towards biodynamics.
In the field, they were able to convince the teams of the interest of these practices, to make them take part in this unique adventure where the health of the vine and the earth - but also their own - was preserved. This journey started by Alfred Tesseron in 1995 led in 2010, 15 years later, to the certification of the wines of Château Pontet Canet in organic agriculture by Ecocert and biodynamic by Biodyvin - then in 2014 by Demeter - for the entire vineyard.
1995: First steps towards organic farming, sensing that a broader viewpoint than organic is to be adopted. In organic viticulture, we use a natural arsenal to eradicate diseases, in biodynamic viticulture, we don't treat the effects, we try to understand the source of imbalances to prevent them.
2004 : Following the first conclusive tests on the 14 hectares of Pouyalet, with the expertise of François Bouchet, the decision is made : Château Pontet Canet commits itself on the long term to convert its entire vineyard to biodynamic farming. This is the first time that a Grand Cru Classé of the Médoc has adopted the principles of biodynamics.
2007 : The climatic conditions favor the development of mildew. From this painful episode, the teams draw benefits: an even more detailed knowledge of each plot and of the terroirs. Despite the difficulties, Alfred Tesseron chooses to stay the course and improve the quality of the wines and the reputation of the domain.
2010 : The wines are certified in organic and biodynamic agriculture by Biodyvin. In 2014, it is the Demeter certification for the entire vineyard.
2020 : 10 years after the certifications, a page is turned, Jean Michel, as a craftsman alongside Alfred Tesseron of this transformation, decides to devote himself to his personal projects. For 30 years he has contributed to the new impetus of the property, anchoring Château Pontet-Canet in modernity without ever betraying the soul and history of the estate. In the spring of 2020, Alfred and Justine Tesseron entrusted Mathieu Bessonnet with the technical management of the estate. Mathieu embodies the new generation. A native of Bordeaux, he was introduced to biodynamic viticulture in 2005 and arrived at Château Pontet Canet after having been the technical director of Michel Chapoutier's worldwide subsidiaries. His vision, his knowledge and his thirst for innovation ensure the continuity of the work already put in place on the path to biodynamics.
biodynamics to the vineyard
"As parents of the vine, we must guide it, protect it and help it to grow stronger. To do this, we must understand it. 95% of our work takes place in the vineyard" Alfred Tesseron
The herbal tea room: to find in the heart of the domain and near the vines, the plants and the solutions used to elaborate the biodynamic preparations. Thus, the nettles of the ditches are used to produce the fertilizer used for the budburst. The horsetails, a decoction dedicated to prevent mildew. Yarrow, chamomile, dandelion, wicker or rosemary, each of the plants used has extraordinary virtues to support the vine according to the vegetative cycles and the climatic conditions.
Establishing this herbal tea room on the spot, allows to encourage biodiversity but especially a perfect reactivity essential to biodynamics.
Draft horses: "The natural evidence of seeing these equines play their role in the destiny of a property. "
Since 2008, the property has decided to use draft horses. Far from being bucolic, this approach aims to preserve the vineyard and the soil of the Château. Indeed, the percherons ensure the preservation of the old vines, avoiding the soil compaction by heavy tractors. These horses, thanks to their specially designed equipment, make it possible to carry out all the work necessary for the natural development of the vines throughout the year: the vines are healthier, can age longer, and provide rich and concentrated grapes.
Pruning & green work: At the beginning of December, the double guyot pruning starts, the wounds are protected with biodynamic mixture applied with the help of horse-drawn tools. The pruning has been suppressed, replaced by manual intertwining of the branches. The vine continues its natural cycle, deciding when to stop producing leaves to concentrate on the grapes. No more leaf removal, no more green harvest, the vine regulates its development and translates in its own way in its grapes the soul of the terroir of Pontet-Canet.
from the vineyards
to the bottle
Since 1999, the oenologist-consultant Michel Rolland brings his vision to the vintages of Château Pontet-Canet. He accompanies the teams in the difficult exercise of apprehending the right maturity of the grapes. From now on, there is only one rule: harvest each plot, or only a part of it, as soon as it has reached full maturity.
The historical vat room from the 19th century was reopened in 1996. New wooden vats of only 150hl were installed. In 2005, 32 concrete truncated-cone vats of 80hl replaced the large stainless steel vats. They were the step towards a more precise parcel-based vinification.
In 2007, the last vat room of wine making was "a step more in the precision and the sewing of the wine making". Also composed of 32 vats of only 40hl, this unique vat room takes entirely part in the biodynamic philosophy of the property.
The insulation of the building is made of natural hemp
The gravel extracted from the courtyard of the Château to build the foundations was used to build the walls and the vats, making this place the extrapolation of the terroir of Château Pontet Canet.
There is no electricity (except for the 12V LED lighting), so the wines do not come into contact with any electric or electromagnetic fields.
The vinification vats inspired by 2nd century Roman amphorae have been modified to correspond to the proportions of the "Golden Number".