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Single bottle of Red wine Ch. Pontet-Canet, 5th Growth Grand Cru Classe, Pauillac, 2009 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc & 1% Petit Verdot

Ch. Pontet-Canet
5th Growth Grand Cru Classe

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The producer

A rather good quality estate for decades, Pontet-Canet has been on a continual climb up the quality ladder and has taken great leaps in the 2000s. Now fully embracing biodynamics, including horse-ploughed vineyards – which really shows in the wines – roughly two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon, and the remainder Merlot with small portions of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot – which have softened and refined over the last couple of decades.

The majority of the 78 hectare of vineyards surround the chateau in the south of Pauillac, and are neighbouring Chateaux Mouton-Rothschild and d’Armailhac, close to Pauillac’s border with St-Julien. Owned by the Tesseron Cognac family since 1975, Pontet-Canet continues to perform way above its Fifth Growth status!

The wine

Pontet Canet’s Grand Vin is a blend of minimum 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, complemented by Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. The average age of vineyard is 50 years and includes some old vines dating back to the 1940s. Fermentation takes place in wooden vats with indigenous yeast, and is followed by four weeks of maceration, and finally ageing for 16-18 months, in 50% new oak barrels, 35% concrete amphorae, and 15% in older barrels. A wine of great depth, precise and silky tannins, and mineral length, Pontet Canet has rich and succulent fruit and a natural refinement. Although a fifth growth by classification, Pontet Canet is in recent years often referred to as of super-second status, even if sometimes slightly closer to St-Julien in style.

Type: Red
Vintage: 2009
Country: France
Region: Bordeaux
Sub region: Pauillac
Grape: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc & 1% Petit Verdot
Style: Savory and Classic
Sweetness: Dry
ABV: 14%
Drinking window: 2018 - 2065
Size: 750ml
Food match: Beef and Venison

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