Château Pontet-Canet 2015

5Ème Cru Classé, Pauillac, Bordeaux

The Chateau
In 2004, the year of the first biodynamic trial which took place on 14 hectares, the wines were radiant, tighter and brighter. Alfred urged Jean-Michel to go further. The estate was fully converted to biodynamic agriculture. This decision became a commitment and a challenge, but also a first for a Médoc Classified Growth. Since then, with each vintage comes new knowledge, furthering the understanding of the terroir in a profound way. The vine’s resistance to disease is better known today, the understanding of how different parcels behave has improved, always in keeping with biodynamic principles. It requires sincerity, pragmatism and transparency: in a nutshell, absolute dedication. The wines of Château Pontet-Canet obtained organic certification from Ecocert and biodynamic certification from Biodyvin in 2010 and from Demeter in 2014.
The Vintage
2015 began with a wet winter and a rather damp May. Flowering started slowly because the weather was not warm enough but accelerated rapidly with the sudden return of the sun.The change of weather continued with two months of uninterrupted heat anddrought, unusual for the region. Like a blessing from heaven, a few showers arrived in mid-August. The hot and dry weather then resumed until mid-September. Despite a considerable amount of rain from mid-September, the grapes remained in wonderfully good health because the skins, thickened by the summer heat and our vineyard practices, withstood the conditions perfectly.
The Sommelier notes:
[x] Cabernet S. (65%), Merlot (30%), Cabernet F. (4%), Petit Verdot (1%)
[x] The wine has an impressively intense colour and a complex nose dominated by fresh fruit aromas. It is huge on the palate, powerful, vibrant and incredibly smooth, sustained throughout by a freshness which imparts a deliciously succulent finish. There is a bracing energy to this wine. People will long write up the virtues of this 2015 as a wine for the
long haul.