Chateau Grand Pontet was purchased by the Becot family in 1980. The Becot’s also own the well known Bordeaux wine estate, Chateau Beau-Sejour Becot, as well as La Gomerie and Joanin Becot in Cotes de Castillon. The Becot family purchased this second, St. Emilion vineyard as it’s on good terroir and located not far from their other vineyards. Sylvie Pourquet, the sister of Gerard and Dominique Becot manage the 14-hectare Bordeaux vineyard of Chateau Grand Pontet. Read more...
Kudos to proprietress Sophie Porquet, who also makes the sensational Cotes de Castillon, Joanin-Becot. From this 35-acre vineyard she has fashioned a sensational blend of 70% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Her finest effort since taking over this property in 1999, the 2005 boasts a saturated purple color followed by notes of ripe blackberries, black currants, licorice, incense, chocolate, and espresso. Thick, highly-extracted flavors nearly obscure the elevated tannins. This big, serious, rich claret is meant to last for three decades or more. A great wine for the vintage, it is also a sleeper of the vintage given the fact that this estate remains under most consumers radar. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030+. Robert Parker #176Apr 2008
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