Chateau Grand Pontet St. Emilion Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

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Learn everything about Chateau Grand Pontet St. Emilion with wine tasting notes and wine with food pairings. Learn about the best vintages, a history of the property, the vineyards and winemaking. 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 from the Barton and Guestier families. 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.

If the Barton name also rings a bell, it is because they own Chateau Leoville Barton in one of the other saints, St. Julien, as well as Chateau Langoa Barton.

The Becot family purchased Chateau Grand Pontet because it’s on good terroir that is located not too far from their other vineyards. Sylvie Pourquet, the sister of Gerard Becot and Dominique Becot manage Chateau Grand Pontet today.

Chateau Grand Pontet Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking

The 19 hectare vineyard of Chateau Grand Pontet is planted to 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Located right off the main road that runs in and out of the Saint Emilion village, the vineyard is planted in 1 large block of vines. The terroir is thin clay and sand over limestone soils.

The vines are planted to a density that runs from 5,500 to 8,000 vines per hectare. The vines are old averaging close to 40 years of age.

They have good neighbors here. They are not far from Chateau Canon, Beau-Sejour Becot or Clos Fourtet. Their best terroir is places close to the chateau, on a clay and limestone slope that rises up to 55 meters.

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 hectoliter tanks. 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 6,500 cases of Chateau Grand Pontet wine are produced each vintage. There is a second wine, Dauphin de Grand Pontet.

When to Drink Chateau Grand Pontet, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Chateau Grand Pontet can be enjoyed on the young side. The wine is usually better with just a few years of bottle age. Of course that can vary slightly, depending on the vintage.

Grand Pontet is usually best enjoyed in the first 10-15 years of life. Young vintages of Chateau Grand Pontet can be decanted for up to 1 hour. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Serving Chateau Grand Pontet with Wine and Food Pairings

Chateau Grand Pontet is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

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

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Château Grand-Pontet Wine Tasting Notes

12 Vintages 37,320 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating

2018Château Grand-Pontet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)90

Medium-bodied, juicy and already showing its dark cherry and espresso bean profile, the wine is round and fruity. With just a few years of age, it will be perfect for consumption. 89-91 Pts

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2017Château Grand-Pontet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)90

Flowers, earth, thyme and coffee bean form the character here. On the palate the wine is round, soft and polished, leaving you with a sweet, juicy, fruity finish.

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2016Château Grand-Pontet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)90

Medium bodied with ripe, fresh red fruits, spice, earth and a finish of juicy cherries and stone.

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2015Château Grand-Pontet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)92

This is the best vintage ever produced at Grand Pontet. The fruits are ripe, round and forward. There is sweetness, length and depth, with silky qualities in the finish. You can drink this young, or age it for a few years.

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The best vintage ever from Grand Pontet, the wine is open and already shows its round, lush, soft, ripe, plums, licorice and cocoa character with quite easily.

1,918 Views   Tasted 91

Forward in style, the wine is lush, round and soft, with juicy, sweet, black cherries, espresso and dark chocolate. The wine is already easy and fun to taste.

2,518 Views   Tasted 90

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

2,412 Views   Tasted 91
2014Château Grand-Pontet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)88

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

2,305 Views   Tasted
2013Château Grand-Pontet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)86

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

1,436 Views   Tasted
2012Château Grand-Pontet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)89

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

1,794 Views   Tasted

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

1,922 Views   Tasted 87
2011Château Grand-Pontet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)86

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

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2010Château Grand-Pontet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)89

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.

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2009Château Grand-Pontet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)91

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.

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2005Château Grand-Pontet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)91

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.

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2001Château Grand-Pontet  (St. Émilion Grand Cru)91

Fully mature, this lusciously textured wine shows off its dark plums, licorice, black cherry, dark chocolate and floral charms with ease. With enough flesh to please the hedonists, and freshness to give it life, this is the best of older vintages of Grand Pontet I have ever tasted.

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