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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.
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 managed Chateau Grand Pontet until the middle of 2021. In July 2021, it was announced that the owners of Chateau Haut Brion purchased Grand Pontet. This is their second vineyard in St. Emilion as they already own Chateau Quintus.
Chateau Grand Pontet Vineyards, Terroir, Grapes, Winemaking
The 19-hectare vineyard of Chateau Grand Pontet is planted to 70% Merlot, 17.5% Cabernet Franc, 5% 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 placed close to the chateau, on a clay and limestone slope that rises up to 55 meters at its peak.
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.
The best vintages of Chateau Grand Pontet are: 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2010, 2009 and 2005.
On average, close to 8,000 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.
Château Grand-Pontet Wine Tasting Notes
14 Vintages 65,127 Views Sort by Vintage-Rating
Medium-bodied, with notes of wet earth, espresso, licorice, dark red berries and cocoa on the nose. Soft, round, lush and polished, the wine is forward, fruity and a bit oaky at the moment. Give it a few years to come together and it will be an even better wine. 89-91 Pts
1,551 Views Tasted May 20, 2021
Espresso, smoke, licorice and ripe dark red berries galore here. Medium-bodied, round, soft and juicy. This is best Grand Pontet ever produced! 89-91 Pts
2,706 Views Tasted Jun 8, 2020
Round, lush, soft, forward and fruity, with ample cocoa, licorice, dark cherries, spice and chocolate, this is already nice to drink and will only get better with a few years of aging.
1,136 Views Tasted Mar 9, 2021
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
2,382 Views Tasted Apr 19, 2019
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.
1,962 Views Tasted Apr 26, 2018
Medium bodied with wet earth, smoke, licorice, espresso and red fruits, the wine is sweet fresh, round and even shows minereality in the finish. Give it a few years of age.
2,404 Views Tasted Sep 21, 2019
Medium bodied with ripe, fresh red fruits, spice, earth and a finish of juicy cherries and stone.
3,244 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2017
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.
4,651 Views Tasted May 21, 2018
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.
4,564 Views Tasted Mar 12, 2018
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.
5,149 Views Tasted Nov 22, 2017
Loads of dark chocolate, ripe, juicy plums, cherry and floral notes, this wine is polished with silky textures and a sweet, fruit-filled finish.
2,727 Views Tasted Apr 29, 2016
Licorice and black raspberries with a stone and black cherry center and a slightly drying finish. 87-89 Pts
3,466 Views Tasted Apr 27, 2015
Light, open and lacking in volume, this plummy wine will be best in its youth. 85-87 Pts
1,635 Views Tasted Apr 28, 2014
Easy drinking charmer, with soft textures, sweet, fresh, soft, cherries, earth, floral and licorice overtones.
3,024 Views Tasted Nov 8, 2015
Firm tannins, spicy red fruit, anise, espresso and earth on the nose, makes this slightly more interesting in the perfume, than on the palate.
3,138 Views Tasted Jul 6, 2015
With its oak and cherry character, medium body and light style, this slightly tart wine needs to be consumed young.
3,120 Views Tasted Nov 17, 2013
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.
3,398 Views Tasted Aug 12, 2013
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% ABV, there is no sensation of heat in the fennel and black cherry filled finish.
5,175 Views Tasted May 21, 2013
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.
6,268 Views Tasted Jun 3, 2012
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.
3,427 Views Tasted Dec 13, 2017