Chateau Pontet-Canet, Pauillac

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Tour Chateau Pontet-Canet to see the estate and sample its eponymous organic red wine. The wines here are produced with old-fashioned flair: harvesting is done by hand, and after sorting, the grapes are moved into the estate's gravity-fed cellars for crushing. Fermentation takes place in a mixture of concrete and stainless-steel vats. Wines are aged for 16-20 months in up to 60 percent new oak barrels. For Chateau Pontet-Canet and beyond, use our Pauillac tour builder app to get the most from your Pauillac vacation.
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  • Warm and professional welcome, very interesting and constructive visit both for the historical part as for the cellar part, friendly tasting. And a good point for having received us on a Sunday afternoon
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  • I wanted to book a tour for me and my family and was told tours are only for professionals due to a change in policy. Sad...  more »
  • Firstly a warning - the winery is now closed to public tours. You will need to get a letter of introduction to visit but well worth it if you can. This was the highlight of our trip. So impressed with...  more »
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  • Picking grapes there in 1990. A fantastic wine year. Hard work.
  • Visited in May 2016 without reservation: recommended by the nearby Château Lynch-Bages, we crashed a small tour in French and explored the whole estate, fromthe vineyard to the machinery and the cellar. At the end of the tour we were offered a taste of the final product, from bottles worth at least 80-100 euro. It's a smaller (although very impressive) family-owned château and their method is biodynamic, meaning the wine is not just organic but nature has been encouraged to work for it (like bees for pollination, lunar calendar, etc). I could not recommended it enough.
  • If you make an appointment in advance, you'll be able to get a tour in English to check out Pontet Canet. Chateau Pontet Canet is classified as part of Fifth Growth in the Bordeaux Wine Classification of 1855 (Pauillac's appellation), but Pontet Canet is at times better than the other wineries that's classified first, second, or third. Today's tour (Sept 2014) included a tasting of their 2007's vintage and a view around their vineyard, VAT, Cellar, and tasting room. The best part is that the tour goes in depth about the history and their operational point of view of Pontet Canet. Plus, the tour and tasting is free! Pontet Canet also invented (patent pending) on their new VAT, which reminds of Big Hero 6 from Disney! Pontet Canet's wine is a bit pricey and there's a reason why....certified organic and biodynamic! Overall, Pontet Canet is a must stop to check out how the wineries are changing their ways back to biodynamic with a lighter touch to the vines. Perhaps it's because of Pontet Canet's drive is the reason why they recently lost their AOC status for their second label. Or perhaps, it's wine politic? Who knows and it's quite unfortunate! Regardless of status, I was thoroughly impressed by their passion, keep up the good work Pontet Canet!
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  • Château Pontet Canet, sublime Pauillac leads in biodynamie. Excellent tasting time!
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