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Chateau Grand Pontet St. Emilion Bordeaux Wine

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Chateau Grand Pontet St. Emilion, Bordeaux wine producer profile, with wine tasting notes, wine ratings, a history of the property, information on wine making and terroir, along with wine tasting reviews. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Chateau Grand Pontet was purchased by the Becot family in 1980. The Becot’s also own the well known Bordeaux wine estate, Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot, as well as La Gomerie and Joanin Becot in Cotes de Castillon. The Becot family purchased this second, St. Emilion vineyard as it’s on good terroir and located not far from their other vineyards.  Sylvie Pourquet, the sister of Gerard and Dominique Becot manage the 14-hectare Bordeaux vineyard of Chateau Grand Pontet.

Located right off the main road in and out of the St. Emilion village, the vineyards of Chateau Grand Pontet resides on thin clay and sandy-clayey soils over limestone. The vines are planted to 5,500 and 8,000 vines per hectare with vines averaging close to 40 years of age. The planted acreage is 70% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Vinification of Chateau Grand Pontet takes place in small, temperature controlled, stainless steel vats that range in size. The smallest vat is 50 hectoliters. The tanks increase in size from that point to 27 hectoliters to 100 hectolliter tanks. The total maceration time averages close to 35 days. Malolactic fermentation takes place on only a portion of the harvest. The wine of Chateau Grand Pontet ages in 80% new, French oak for between 12 to 18 months. The amount of age and percentage of new oak varies, depending on the vintage conditions and characteristics.

On average, close to 4,000 cases of Chateau Grand Pontet wine are produced each vintage. There is a second wine, Dauphin de Grand Pontet.

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Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2013 Château Grand-Pontet

    1. Light, open and lacking in volume, this plummy wine will be best in its youth. 85-87 Pts

      86 points - Tasted
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  2. 2011 Château Grand-Pontet

    1. With its oak and cherry character, medium body and light style, this slightly tart wine needs to be consumed young.

      86 points - Tasted
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  3. 2010 Château Grand-Pontet

    1. Deep in color, the wine offer ripe notes of licorice, blackberry, cherry, wet earth and coffee bean. Soft in texture and already approachable, this should turn out nice with a few years of age.

      89 points - Tasted
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  4. 2009 Château Grand-Pontet

    1. Popped and poured, this is clearly open for business. This charming St. Emilion offers licorice, espresso bean and chocolate covered plums with hints of boysenberry in the nose. Round tannins and plush textures make this even better. Even though the wine is 15% alcohol, there is no sensation of heat in the fennel and black cherry filled finish.

      91 points - Tasted
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  5. 2005 Château Grand-Pontet

    1. Still deep in color, with nose packed with licorice, chocolate covered black cherry and plum with soft, round textures and a fresh, concentrated, blackberry, fennel and cocoa finish. This is just starting to drink well and the best is yet to come.

      91 points - Tasted
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