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Château Pontet-Canet 2015
5th Grand Cru Classé in 1855
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Perched on the heights of the Pauillac appellation, Château Pontet-Canet is one of the most unmissable crus of the Médoc. Its founder Jean-François de Pontet, squire to the king and governor of the Médoc, acquired it in 1725, then his heirs bought a few years later the neighboring land of the place called Canet: thus was born Château Pontet-Canet.
The Domaine will reach the title of Fifth Grand Cru Classé during the classification of the wines of 1855 officialized for the universal exhibition of Paris. It will be acquired by Herman Cruse, a Bordeaux merchant of Danish origin, a decade later and will then be renovated from top to bottom. It is only when Guy Tesseron bought it in 1975, already owner of Château Lafon-Rochet to Saint-Estèphe, that Domaine starts to be reborn of its brightness. His son Alfred will reveal the extraordinary potential of his terroir from 1994, by converting the Domaine to biodynamic agriculture with the support of his steward and trusted man Jean-Michel Comme. Today, it is his daughter Justine Tesseron who continues his work, making Pontet-Canet shine on the wine scene.
The Château Pontet-Canet reigns today over an 81-hectare vineyard, entirely conducted according to the principles of biodynamics since the 2004 vintage. The Domaine is thus a precursor and a reference in the world of the Grands Crus Classés of Bordeaux. It was certified by the Biodyvin and Ecocert labels in 2010 and then by the Demeter label in 2014.
The grape varieties on the property are Cabernet Sauvignon (62%), Merlot (32%), Cabernet Franc (4%) and Petit Verdot (2%). They are planted on beautiful gravel soils containing clay-limestone substrate in places.
The Château Pontet-Canet rightly has a large following, as its history rewards the work of a daring gamble; the wines have a wonderful burst of fruit, depth and harmony that is simply divine.
Critics Château Pontet-Canet 2015.
Description Château Pontet-Canet 2015.
The 2015 vintage is undoubtedly a very good wine year in Bordeaux. The flowering of the vines was able to benefit from a beautiful sunny weather in June, and the summer that followed was hot and dry. The small rains that occurred in mid-August were welcome for a good start of the ripening process. The late season in September and October offered a very nice harvest in a superb sanitary state, with grapes of an excellent aromatic potential.
Blend of the 2015 vintage: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot.
The color is intensely purple, very bewitching, adorned with elegant slightly tiled reflections.
The nose offers a magnificent aromatic bouquet of blackcurrant and black cherry, as well as refreshing notes of violet, gingerbread, cardamom and roast.
In the mouth, it combines power and elegance, density and amplitude, with a beautiful acidity that carries its fleshy and juicy body. The tannins are finely chiseled, enveloping flavors of jammy black fruits, pepper and chocolate. The finish is long and muscular, characterizing a great Pauillac wine.
Food and wine pairing:
Château Pontet-Canet 2015 will accompany dishes such as a tournedos of duck Rossini, a roasted wild boar leg, a stew of marcassin confit with peppers or a beef tenderloin with morel sauce.
For a pairing with cheese, choose pressed and uncooked cheeses: cantal, old mimolette, morbier, saint-nectaire and tomme de Savoie.
For dessert, it will be particularly delicious with a chocolate layer cake, a black forest or a famous chocolate mi-cuit.
Cellaring potential and tasting:
Château Pontet-Canet 2015 is a wine that still requires a few years in the cellar to refine its great potential, and it will reach its peak between 2030 and 2032.
However, it can be enjoyed now if properly prepared. To do so, take care to place the bottle the night before in the serving room at room temperature. Open and decant the bottle at least 4 to 5 hours before tasting.
The bottles will be kept in the cellar protected from the light, lying down, at an optimal hygrometric degree of 70%.