For those traveling to the wine region of Bordeaux, Chateau Pontet-Canet should warrant some consideration for a visit. Located in Pauillac, this chateau has experienced one of the steepest trajectories of all classed growths in the Medoc. Their wines have been consistently heralded by critics, and their approach has perhaps been more ‘forward thinking’ than many other chateaux. Accompanied by our tour guide Hamish Wilkes-Miller of Bella Wine Tours, our visit to Pontet-Canet was nothing short of fantastic. While not grandiose, the chateau itself is quite impressive. But even more enchanting are the grounds themselves; the vineyards are set in a beautiful backdrop. Further enhancing the idyllic scene is the presence of horses working in the fields. The tour of Pontet-Canet focuses much on their biodynamic farming, which was begun in 2004. They are obviously very proud of this, as they should be. As with other chateaux, the tour included a visit through the winemaking facilities, including the impressive modern vat room and an extremely old wine cellar. But one of the highlights is the upstairs tasting area, which includes a gorgeous view of the expansive vineyards. The view is so beautiful, we felt compelled to use this photo as the cover of our blog. At the conclusion of the tour, we tasted the 2007 Pontet-Canet grand vin. While obviously young, it was nice to taste a wine, while finally understanding the great lengths that Chateau Pontet-Canet took to create consistent excellence.
Ruby red with some slight bricking at the edges. The nose is a treat, which continued to evolve over the 3 hour decant. Bold dark fruits, leather, cigarbox, and hints of barnyard, bell pepper, and soy sauce. This was just bursting with fruit. Silky mouthfeel and full-bodied. Soft, round tannins and a nice acidic backbone. Medium finish. This wine seems like it is just entering its prime drinking window, and would guess 10-15 years left. Compared to the ’96 Pontet-Canet and Pichon Baron, this wine seems to have more longevity and structure.
About Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste:
Chateau Grand-Puy-Lacoste is one of the oldest properties in the Medoc region of Bordeaux. The grounds of the chateau are known for their beautiful gardens and lake, complete with swans. in 1855, it was classified as a Fifth Growth chateau.
Three Interesting Facts:
- ‘Puy’ is a geological French term meaning ‘volcanic hill.’
- In 1978, Jean-Eugene Borie of Ducru-Beaucaillou acquired half of the shareholdings of Grand-Puy-Lacoste, as the owner Raymond Dupin had no one to inherit the property. When Dupin died in 1980, Borie then became the sole owner.
- This is one of the more popular non-first growth chateaux in China, known as the ‘alligator wine,’ referring to the Lacoste clothing brand.
Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot
Aging Potential: 2030