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Bordeaux 2010 Primeurs: Chateau Pontet Canet

Written by JW. Posted in Bordeaux

Well, it is official, 2010 Chateau Pontet Canet will be the first certified organic and biodynamic wine the estate has produced, indeed probably the first that any Médoc grand cru has ever produced I should imagine. Over twenty four hectares are now worked here with horses. One was just outside by the vineyards on the afternoon I visited [see photo below].  If you think horses and biodynamics all sounds like piffle, then taste the wine. It is wonderfully pure and harmonious.

The harvest here began on September 29 for the Merlot, a little later than at Mouton across the road. Cabernet Sauvignon commenced picking by October 9 and finished eight days later. I forgot to ask for the vital statistics here, but none really seem necessary. The wine is balanced and close to perfection in terms of its equilibrium.

Chateau Pontet Canet

Deep and very dense saturated look; ripe, attractive nose; quite forthcoming; blackcurrants, fresh, some coffee, creamy and layered; very ripe and attractive palate; very well balanced and harmonious; quite fine tannins, extraction managed very well. This wine caresses the palate. Wonderfully clean and fresh. Almost easy – quite an achievement in 2010. Brilliant wine. 95-97+/100 Tasted 5April 2011 at the chateau

Chateau Pontet Canet: horses replacing tractors

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