2010 Pontet-Canet Pauillac
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In a region sometimes stifled by tradition and culturally unwilling to change, Pontet-Canet has worked tirelessly to become a linchpin. Bordeaux’s wet Atlantic proximity makes biodynamic farming hard. Faced with the risky annual proposition of losing whole crops against high disease pressure, most don’t dare.
But after buying the underperforming estate in 1975, Cognac barons Tesseron, embarked on long term invigoration of the property. Its 79 hectares include prime gravel sites alongside Pauillac neighbours like Mouton and Lafite. Dividends are now resulting, with wines since the 90s performing far beyond their fifth growth station.
Deeply coloured, richly textured and powerful with fine tannin, a decade on from this fancied vintage, these wines are just beginning to show their wares.