Chateau Le Pontet St. Emilion Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

Maltus Vats 2 Chateau Le Pontet St. Emilion Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

Learn everything about Le Pontet St. Emilion, Bordeaux with wine tasting notes, wine and food pairing tips, best vintages, a history of the property, information on the vineyards and winemaking. If you want to read about other important, Bordeaux Chateaux: Links to all Bordeaux Wine Producer Profiles

Le Pontet is another wine in the increasingly large stable of single vineyard Bordeaux wines from Jonathan Maltus. Chateau Le Pontet made its debut with the 2015 vintage. The vines for Le Pontet were previously used to produce Chateau Laforge, another wine from Jonathan Maltus.

Le Pontet Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The vineyard of Le Pontet is planted to 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc. Le Pontet comes from a small, 1 hectare parcel of vines close to Chateau Grand Pontet and not too far from Chateau Fonroque.

The vineyard is just due west of the Saint Emilion village. It can be seen off the main road that depending on the direction you are driving, brings you either to the Saint Emilion village, or to Pomerol and Libourne. The terroir is sand and clay over limestone soils.

Because no actual cellars or chateau for Chateau Le Pontet exists, the wine of Chateau Le Pontet is made at their well known and much larger property, Chateau Teyssier. The vinification takes place in temperature controlled wood vats. Malolactic fermentation takes place in French oak barrels.

Not much wine is made from the tiny Right Bank vineyard. On average, the production is limited to about 300 cases per vintage. However, at least at this point, the wine is not commercially available to the public, except through one merchant that purchased the entire production.

When to Drink Le Pontet, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Le POntet needs some time before it can be enjoyed. Young vintages can be decanted for an average of 1 hour or more. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Le Pontet is usually better with at least 4-6 years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage character. Le POntet offers its best drinking and should reach peak maturity between 4-15 years of age after the vintage.

Serving Le Pontet with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Le Pontet is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift. Le Pontet is best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted braised and grilled dishes.

Chateau Le Pontet is also good when matched with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms and pasta.

Jonathan Maltus owns several other estates in Saint Emilion including Le Dome, Le Carre. Laforge, Vieux Chateau Mazerat, Chateau Teyssier and Les Asteries.