This morning Pontet Canet have led the charge of en primeur as they did in 2013, releasing prior to any major critic tasting their wines. Why? they trust their terroir, oscillating as it does with Lafite and Mouton Rothschild who have both just been scored 99-100 points from James Suckling. Rumours have been flying around this week that critics have reported they love Pontet Canet and a perfect score has been spoken about. However, unlike 2013, 2019 is a stellar vintage and Pontet Canet have made a brilliant move, releasing at a price we never expected to see again from a Chateau, their 2013 Euro release price, which equates to £732 per case of 12 or £366 per case of six today. That is £61 a bottle, a 29% discount to last year’s price of £1,038, a concession to market we heard murmured on the grapevine, but passed off as fiction, ‘they’d never leave that much money on the table’ we said! They have and it is a must buy for wine lovers and collectors. For investors it could be one of the best investments coming out of Bordeaux for a decade. Our friends in Bordeaux have all reported the wine is every bit the wine as 2018, 2016 and I have mentioned the rumours over tales of 2009 and 2010 perfection. Any Pontet Canet lover be alert, you will be buying 2016 and 2018 quality or higher at 2013 prices!

As the table below demonstrates a Wine Advocate or Neal Martin score of 96-97 or above will render the wine hugely under-priced, offering an instant 20% upside, a score of 97-99 providing a possible 40% upside and a perfect score could see 100% return by the time it is physical in bottle. Pontet Canet sold out last year above £1,000, bravo to the Chateau they have listened to the market and at £61 a bottle Pontet Canet is always going to over perform in any vintage. In closing Lisa Perrotti-Brown of The Wine Advocate publicly said ‘Truly this is a milestone vintage for Pontet Canet.’, this I a wine to buy on rumour before it sells out.

Pontet Canet WAJSReleasePricePOP
2019n/an/a£732£732n/a
201897-9997-98£1,038£1,04058
20179696£1,010£1,01059
20169897£1,370£1,19066
201596+98£795£77048
20149498£648£62044
201390-9293£675£58053
20129392£690£57544
20119395£710£55042
2010100100£1,180£1,46573
200910098£885£1,47074
20089693£540£67042
20079195£415£57552
20069493£395£65046
200597n/a£480£94055

Chateau Pontet Canet was put together by Jean-François Pontet, a powerful political figure in the 1720s and 1730s. The property passed to Pierre-Bernard de Pontet and the reputation of the wines flourished until his death in 1836. This moment marked a decline in the standard and price of the wine, which in turn, led to Pontet Canet being rated a Fifth Growth rather than a higher classification.

The property was purchased in 1865 by Herman Cruse and promptly installed the 23 year old Charles Skawinski, son of the owner of Chateau Giscours, to manage the property. Cruse invested heavily in the property including building a new chai, a new cuvier and constructing one of the few large underground cellars in the Medoc. The standard of the wines increased dramatically, often fetching as much as Third Growths wines or even occasionally Second Growths.

After the death of Cruse’s widow, the Cruse firm in Bordeaux ran the Chateau until a crisis forced its sale in 1975. Guy Tesseron purchased the Estate and it is now owned by his two sons, Alfred and Gérard, meaning that only three families have owned the property during its illustrious history.

Pontet Canet under the influence of Alfred has embraced organic winemaking techniques and was the first Château to earn the official Agence Bio (AB) organic certificate. These techniques coupled with the challenging gravel soil perfect for growing the grapes has made this into a wine that exceeds its Fifth Growth status and is unquestionably one of the leading Super Seconds.