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.
Wine Advocate-Parker :
Blended of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot, the deep garnet-purple colored 2017 Pontet-Canet opens with vibrant wild blueberries, black raspberries and crushed plums with notions of cinnamon stick, violets, unsmoked cigars and pencil lead plus wafts of roses, lavender and tilled black soil. Medium-bodied with very fine, incredibly plush tannins, it is deliciously savory in the mouth, with wonderful freshness and spectacular energy delivering many layers, resulting in a very long, mineral-laced finish.