Jean-François de Pontet was Master of the Horse) to Louis XV, subsequently Governor of the Médoc. At the start of the 18th century he bought a plot of land north of Pauillac and planted vines. Later, he added more vineyard in Canet, combining his surname with the place-name to label his wine. In the mid-19th century, Pontet-Canet was acquired by Herman Cruse, a local wine merchant and it remained in the Cruse family hands until 1965, when it was purchased by Guy Tesseron, a cognac merchant. So Pontet-Canet has only ever been in the hands of three families in its entire history. Since the early 1990s, the property has moved increasingly towards sustainable viticulture and the vineyards are now worked by horse, rather than tractor.
Case of 12 Bottles
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duty paid price: £1,184.14
"It has a lovely bouquet of blackberry and briary fruit, hints of black truffle developing, later damp earth. There is an intensity here, if not the complexity of the best millennial Pauillacs. The palate is medium-bodied with a mixture of red and black fruit, cedar and sous-bois percolating up through and rendering it a "serious" Pontet-Canet in keeping with the vintage. There is a subtle and yet insistent grip on the finish. It has always been a tannic wine, but these are now softening, albeit at a slower pace than some might like. Therefore, I might be inclined to hold on to bottles for another 3-4 years. Tasted February 2016." Neal Martin
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