Château Pontet-Canet is a Biodynamic estate in the north of the commune of Pauillac on the Bordeaux region’s left bank. It produces red wines under the Pauillac AOC. The estate was created in 1705 by Jean François de Pontet. Ownership for over a century by the shippers Cruse & Fils Frères helped establish the estate in international markets. However, they did not believe in domaine bottling (Hugh Johnson: Wine Companion: 1991, p.64), making bottle variation a potential issue. They sold the estate in 1975 to to Cognac merchant Guy Tesseron who also owned Château Lafon-Rochet in the neighbouring commune of Saint-Estèphe, and was the son-in-law of Emmanuel Cruse.

Owner: The Tesseron family.

Classification: 1855 Fifth growth.

Staff: Régisseur: Jean Michel-Comme.

BiodynamicsFrançois Bouchet consulted here initially, supplying the estate with the Biodynamic preparations 500-508.

Certification: 2011 First vintage with full Biodynamic certification (SIVCBD ‘Biodyvin’).

Red wines

Pauillac AOC, Les Hauts de Pontet Canet: Made from younger vines.

Pauillac AOC, Château Pontet Canet: 1929 A great vintage, Pontet-Canet said to said to better than Château Mouton Rothschild. |  2010 Lovely ripeness and intensity, crisp fruit and savoury tannins (Blenheim, 2015).


Château Pontet Canet

F-33250 Pauillac (Gironde), France

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Blenheim, New Zealand. Tasting at the end of the organic wine conference there, Friday afternoon 10th July 2015.