Jean-Francois de Pontet made his career at Versailles and was appointed as Grand Squire of France under Louis XV before becoming the governor of the Medoc. After setting up a small vineyard in Pauillac in 1705, he later acquired an estate in 1757 in a small area known as Canet. A few years later he added his name to the estate and thus, Chateau Pontet Canet was founded. The estate enjoyed a period of prosperity up until Jean-Francois’ death in 1836 which was followed by a decline in the standard and price of Pontet Canet. As a result, in the 1855 Bordeaux Pontet Canet was only ranked as a Fifth Growth estate. A decade later the famed negociant Henri Herman Cruse purchased the estate and set about modernising the infrastructure. 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 Médoc. The standard of the wines increased dramatically, often fetching as much as 3rd or even occasionally 2nd Growths.

Ninety years later Chateau Pontet Canet was bought by Guy Tesseron, whose son Alfred took over the management of the estate in 1994. The Tesseron’s are therefore only the third family to own Pontet Canet in its long history. In 2015, Alfred’s daughter Justine joined the family business along with her brother Noé and their cousins. Although remaining true to the work carried out by Alfred, the new generation are pushing Pontet Canet to ever greater heights and are focussing on expressing the uniqueness of the estate.

Situated in Pauillac, next to Mouton Rothschild, 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 bad gravel soil perfect for growing the grapes has made this into a wine that often far exceeds its Fifth Growth status and can on occasion be compared to the Super Seconds.

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2023 Chateau Pontet-Canet 5eme Cru Classe, Pauillac 1x150cl

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2023 Chateau Pontet-Canet 5eme Cru Classe, Pauillac 6x75cl

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2018 Chateau Pontet-Canet 5eme Cru Classe, Pauillac 6x75cl

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2018 Chateau Pontet-Canet 5eme Cru Classe, Pauillac 12x75cl

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2020 Chateau Pontet-Canet 5eme Cru Classe, Pauillac 6x150cl

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2020 Chateau Pontet-Canet 5eme Cru Classe, Pauillac 12x75cl

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2020 Chateau Pontet-Canet 5eme Cru Classe, Pauillac 12x75cl

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2020 Chateau Pontet-Canet 5eme Cru Classe, Pauillac 12x75cl

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2020 Chateau Pontet-Canet 5eme Cru Classe, Pauillac 12x75cl

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2020 Chateau Pontet-Canet 5eme Cru Classe, Pauillac 6x150cl

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£660/CaseDuty Status: In BondAvailability: Immediate