Chateau Pontet Canet 2011, Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

The Pontet-Canet vineyard, located in the commune of Pauillac, covers 81 hectares (200 acres). It is made up of around one hundred plots and 800,000 vines looking out over the Gironde estuary. At the heart of the Pontet-Canet terroir known as the ‘plateau’, a gentle broad outcrop of Garonne gravel soil dating from the Günz era that sits on a bedrock of limestone. At Pontet-Canet, the vine-growing practices are the fruit of long experience. They are also the result of many trials that included moments of doubt but also of great excitement. Gaining a subtle knowledge of the living environment involves continuous observation and self-questioning. “At the end of the day, the biodynamic approach has brought a new dimension to our wines. It has given them greater depth while producing more precise and silky tannins. The length of flavor on the palate has gained in minerality.”- winery 2011 vintage: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot. The wine has great depth of color and a fresh, incredibly pure nose which pleasantly combines minerality, fruit aromas and floral notes. Energetic and with fabulous substance, it displays consummate balance on the palate, with a magical radiance and a taffeta mouthfeel. Fruit, tannins and acidity all combine harmoniously. The magical encounter of a great terroir and biodynamics. A new masterpiece!