Pontet-Canet has always been a legendary Médoc. It is deep ruby-red, crimson, and sometimes almost black colour and has a characteristic bouquet of black fruit (especially blackcurrant), liquorice, and prune as well as fig, cedar, and sometimes cocoa overtones. Pontet-Canet combines power and elegance, as well as concentration and fullness on the palate. Rather sinewy in style, Pontet-Canet is clearly a classical wine with a tannic structure that provides excellent ageing potential. The château team is conscious of the fact that they are following in the footsteps of more than three centuries of tradition, with each period contributing its technical innovations in the interest of quality and in order faithfully to reflect the terroir. Château Pontet-Canet and the estate's second wine, Les Hauts de Pontet-Canet, are sold exclusively via the Bordeaux wine trade.
Winemaker: " After a winter with record-breaking levels of rainfall the vines benefited from rather dry weather conditions during their growth cycle. Temperatures remained at seasonal averages putting back harvesting by a week compared to the previous year. Our philosophy of “total quality” came into play even more than in the past – this year, the conditions surrounding every bunch of grapes motivated the choices made as we managed our vineyards.
The date for harvesting was barely influenced by the scattered rainfall at the end of September and beginning of October. The Merlots were harvested using 30% of the pickers. One of the two teams was halted before harvesting of the Cabernet Sauvignon was complete to take maximum advantage of the real Indian summer which had set in over the region. Harvest : from the 21st of September till the 10th of October. Duration : 17days."
Château Pontet-Canet 2001 - Tasting notes : Intense ruby colour. Complex nose of red and black berries, which is well balanced by vanilla and liquorice notes. After a full attack the elegant tannins reveal all the greatness of their terroir. The delicious palate has a full, powerful structure and good length. The palate aromas confirm the aromatic promise of this wine. A long-keeping bottle.
Vine varieties :
Cabernet Sauvignon 66%, Merlot 30%, Cabernet Franc 4%
Degree : 13°