2016 Grand Pontet, St-Emilion

SKU #1404153 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2016 Grand-Pontet features bright, vibrant kirsch, warm redcurrants, blackberries and wild blueberries notions with hints of tobacco, tilled soil and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is built like a brick house, with firm, grainy tannins and a lively line lifting the fruit to a long minerally finish. (LPB)  (11/2018)

93 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The deep purple-colored 2016 Château Grand-Pontet is a blend of 70% Merlot and the balance Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. It offers a pretty, lifted bouquet of black cherries, plums, violets, damp earth, and bay leaf. This gives way to a medium to full-bodied, ripe, nicely concentrated wine that has beautiful purity of fruit, rock solid mid-palate depth, moderate tannins, and a great finish. Drink this ripe, powerful 2016 over the coming 15+ years.  (2/2019)

92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Ripe and velvety with plenty of blackberry and cocoa-powder character, until you get to the bold, rather powerful, polished and handsomely tannic finish. A blend of 80% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc and 7% Cabernet Sauvignon.  (1/2019)

91 points Vinous

 The 2016 Grand-Pontet has come together impressively during its élevage. Espresso, chocolate, licorice, leather, new oak and smoke are generous in this deep, layered Saint-Émilion. Powerful, creamy and quite giving, the 2016 has a lot to offer. This is a decidedly extracted style, and yet all of the elements are very nicely balanced throughout. (AG)  (1/2019)


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By: Mandana Tourani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/11/2019 | Send Email
It is refined and defined this fantastic little treasure from St Emilion. Aged 12 to 18 months in Oak Barrel. Layered with dark fruits, great texture and structure with hints of leather, Tobacco and balanced tannins and creamy oak. Pairs wonderfully with a hearty Steak and heavier meat dishes.

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/15/2019 | Send Email
Grand Pontet is situated right next to major St. Emilion powerhouses like Chateau Canon, Chateau Beausejour Becot, and Chateau Clos Fourtet, but costs a fraction of the price. Owned by the Becot family, the winemaking team is even the same as at Chateau Beausejour Becot, and it shows. It has cherry kirsch, red currant fruit with hints of tobacco and underbrush, subtle toast from oak and a long, lingering bright finish. What a great deal for a serious St. Emilion!

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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Bordeaux

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Saint Emilion