Chateau Pontet Canet led the charge in 2019 releasing at a brilliant price which sparked the campaign. Following their amazing 2019 release, we are very pleased to highlight Pontet Canet 2020. This is another superb wine from this much-loved Estate, offering amazing Pauillac at under £100 per bottle, along with an extremely attractive vintage premium.

Pontet 2020 is a brilliant wine, with Jane Anson of Decanter rating it even higher than the 2019, calling it a “highly successful Pontet… one of the few Pauillacs that, for me, overperforms on its 2019.” James Suckling has awarded the 2020 a towering 98-99 points and also comments that it is Slightly plusher than the 2019″. Lisa Perrotti-Brown of The Wine Advocate notes that the 2020 is a “singular, fascinating expression of the vintage and highly recommended!” and her score of 96-98+ points indicates that it could even potentially outscore the 2019.

Pontet Canet 2020 has released at £445 per case of six or £890 per case of 12 which provides a great deal of upside on this First Tranche release price and we view this as one of the must buys of the campaign. The 2018 trades at £1,050, which would indicate quick returns of 18% for the 2020. Furthermore, the similarly rated 2016 trades at £1,180 (33% higher) and the 2009 and 2010 have appreciated by 16% in the last 12 months – these now trading at an average price of £1,700, almost double the price of today’s release.

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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 who 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, as well as now being certified biodynamic, with the vineyards worked by horses, and all the berries destemmed by hand. These techniques coupled with the outstanding gravel soil has made this into a wine that exceeds its Fifth Growth status and is unquestionably one of the leading Super Seconds.