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  • "..every vintage tells a different story..."
  • Certified biodynamic - uses horses for some blocks!
  • First year where a percentage is vinified in Amphorae

Tasting Notes

Colour Purple-Red
Nose Lovely aromas of violets, dark berries and hint of mixed herbs.
Palate Full bodied, generous, accessible flavours with long length. Velvety tannins with roundness and delicacy with more detail and length than the 2011.
Food Pairing Lamb
Cellaring 15 Plus Years
Notes 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc and 1% Petit Verdot. Alfred Tesseron is clearly on a roll.
Variety Merlot Blend
Body Full Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2012
Region Pauillac
Country France
Sustainability Biodynamic
Alcohol 13.0%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Cork
Chateau Pontet Canet
Chateau Pontet-Canet's roots date back to the early 18th century when Jean-Francois de Pontet, merged several vineyard plots into one. Years later, the estate was renamed when his descendants added vines from Canet to the holdings. Located in the Pauillac AOC of Bordeaux's left bank, Chateau Pontet-Canet is ranked as a Fifth Growth in the 1855 Bordeaux Classification. Guy Tesseron acquired in the estate in 1975 and today, his son Alfred and granddaughter Melanie manage the operations. Of the 80 hectares under vine, the average age is 40-45 years and all are certified organic and biodynamic. The soils, based on gravel, are lean and well drained, the best fit for Cabernet Sauvignon vines. Of the hectares planted, approximately 60% is to Cabernet, Merlot plantings equal 33% and the remaining land is home to Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. As a biodynamic producer, the Tesserons take their vineyards very seriously, intervening as little as possible in nurturing the fruit. Chemicals are banned and all the vines are hand-pruned to allow for optimal ventilation and sun exposure. In the winery, the fruit is treated to a gentle gravity-fed winemaking system.
Wine writer Hugh Johnson once said 'If one had to single out one commune of Bordeaux to head the list, there would be no argument. It would be Pauillac'. Wines from Pauillac are known to be the quintessence of Bordeaux wines. Located on the left bank of Gironde, situated between Saint-Julien and Saint-Estephe, the village of Pauillac is the largest in the Médoc with a population of over 5,000. Spanning an area of 1,200 hectares, the grapes grown in the vineyards of this area are mainly Cabernet Sauvignon, but also includes blends of other grape types such as Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

The terroir of Pauillac differs more than that would be expected of such a relatively small area when compared to the other surrounding wine regions. Because of this, the winemakers of Pauillac have become very experienced in accentuating each of their own unique flavours in a bottle. The overall feel of the region is known to have a stark, blunt style with a dominating fruit flavour of black currant, along with hints of cedar-wood aromas.
Robert Parker
A softer, less powerful and less prodigiously endowed Pontet Canet, the 2012 exhibits notes of creme de cassis and new barrique vanillin followed by a medium-bodied, elegant wine with sweeter tannin (and less of it) than is found in the great vintages that immediately precede it. The 2012 is certainly outstanding and, in fact, many readers may prefer it to the blockbuster, out-of-this-world, over-sized 2010, 2009 and 2008. Medium-bodied, pure and expressive, this classic Pauillac should only require 5-6 years of cellaring. It should drink well for two decades thereafter.


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