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. If the Becot family name sounds familiar that is because they also own the well known Right Bank estate, Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot , as well as La Gomerie in St. Emilion and Joanin Becot in Cotes de Castillon . The Becot family purchased Chateau Grand Pontet it’s on good terroir and located not far from their other vineyards.  Sylvie Pourquet, the sister of Gerard and Dominique Becot manage Chateau Grand Pontet today

Chateau Grand Pontet is located right off the main road that runs in and out of the St. Emilion village. The 14 hectare vineyard of Chateau Grand Pontet has a terroir of thin clay and sand over limestone soils. The vineyard is planted to 70% Merlot , 15% Cabernet Franc and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon . The vines are planted to a density that runs from 5,500 to 8,000 vines per hectare. The vine are old averaging close to 40 years of age.

To produce the wine of Chateau Grand Pontet, vinification of Chateau Grand Pontet takes place in small, temperature controlled, stainless steel vats that range in size. The smallest vat is 27 hectoliters. The tanks increase in size from that point up to 100 hectolliter tanks. The total maceration time averages close to 35 days. Malolactic fermentation takes place in a combination of barrel and tank. The wine of Chateau Grand Pontet is aged in 80% new, French oak barrels 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.

Château Grand-Pontet Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2015 Château Grand-Pontet

    1. Loads of dark chocolate, ripe, juicy plums, cherry and floral notes, this wine is polished with silky textures and a sweet, fruit-filled finish.

      91 points - Tasted
  2. 2014 Château Grand-Pontet

    1. Licorice and black raspberries with a stone and black cherry center and a slightly drying finish. 87-89 Pts

      88 points - Tasted
  3. 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
  4. 2012 Château Grand-Pontet

    1. Easy drinking charmer, with soft textures, sweet, fresh, soft, cherries, earth, floral and licorice overtones.

      89 points - Tasted
    2. Firm tannins, spicy red fruit, anise, espresso and earth on the nose, makes this slightly more interesting in the perfume, than on the palate.

      87 points - Tasted
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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