Château Pontet-Canet

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Coordinates: 45°12′30″N 0°46′14″W / 45.20833°N 0.77053°W / 45.20833; -0.77053

The aged label of a Château Pontet Canet

Château Pontet-Canet is a winery in the Pauillac appellation of the Bordeaux wine region of France. Chateau Pontet-Canet is also the name of the red wine produced by this property; the wine produced here was classified as one of eighteen Cinquièmes Crus (Fifth Growths) in the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855.

History[edit]

Ten years following the 1855 classification, the property was purchased by Herman Cruse in 1865, in whose family the estate remained for many years;[1] the Bordeaux wine fraud scandal in 1973 forced the sale, in 1975,[1] of Ponet-Canet to Cognac merchant Guy Tesseron owner of Château Lafon-Rochet.[2] The estate remains in his control today.

Production[edit]

Underground wine cellar of Pontet-Canet

Of the 120 hectares (300 acres) estate of Pontet-Canet located in the northern end of the Pauillac commune, across the road from first growth Château Mouton Rothschild, 80 ha (200 acres) are under vine;[2] the soil composition is mainly gravel over a subsoil of clay and limestone. The grape variety distribution is 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc.[2] Vines average 35 years of age.

Pontet-Canet has one of the largest productions of any classified growth in the Medoc with a production of nearly 20,000 cases of its grand-vin, and another 20,000 cases of its second wine, Les Hauts de Pontet. Harvesting is done by hand, and after sorting the grapes are moved into the estate's gravity-feed cellars for crushing. Fermentation takes place in a mixture of concrete and stainless steel vats. Wines are aged for 16-20 months in up to 60% new oak barrels before fining with egg whites and bottling.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Peppercorn, David (2003). Bordeaux. London: Mitchell Beazley. pp. 189–191. ISBN 1-84000-927-6.
  2. ^ a b c Kissack, Chris, thewinedoctor.com. "Chateau Pontet-Canet".

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