Chateau Grand Pontet St. Emilion Bordeaux Wine, Complete Guide

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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 saints, St. Julien. The Becot family purchased Chateau Grand Pontet because it’s on good terroir and located not 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 located right off the main road that runs in and out of the Saint Emilion village. Planted in 1 large block of vines, the terroir is thin clay and sand over limestone soils. The vineyard is planted to 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. 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. 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 6,500 cases of Chateau Grand Pontet wine are produced each vintage. There is a second wine, Dauphin de Grand Pontet.

Serving and Decanting 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. Young vintages can be decanted for 1 hour or so. This allows the wine to soften and open its perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment. 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.

Château Grand-Pontet Wine Tasting Notes

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  1. 2016 Château Grand-Pontet ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

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

      90 points - Tasted
  2. 2015 Château Grand-Pontet ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    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
  3. 2014 Château Grand-Pontet ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

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

      88 points - Tasted
  4. 2013 Château Grand-Pontet ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

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

      86 points - Tasted
  5. 2012 Château Grand-Pontet ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    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
  6. 2011 Château Grand-Pontet ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

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

      86 points - Tasted
  7. 2010 Château Grand-Pontet ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    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
  8. 2009 Château Grand-Pontet ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    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
  9. 2005 Château Grand-Pontet ( St. Émilion Grand Cru)

    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