The wines of Saint Julien, Pauillac and Saint Estèphe
By Jane Anson
This Guide was last updated on 05 March 2010
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Address: Pontet Canet,
Tel: 05 56 59 04 04 Fax: 05 56 59 26 63
Geo-coordinates: Latitude: 45:12:32N (45.20878) Longitude: -0:46:30W (-0.77507)
Worth visiting for the vat room alone, the wine here is seriously good and for a lot less money than that from many of its neighbours. The original vat room dates back to the 19th century, and allows the grapes to go into the fermentation vats by natural gravity flow, without the use of pressure or pumping. Not content with that, owner Alfred Tesseron had a new modern version built in 2005, conceived jointly by himself, architect Christophe Massie, Michel Rolland and Jean Michel Comme, the estate manager. This new vat room houses 32 truncated cone-shaped ‘triconic’ vats (the first of its kind in the Médoc), each with a capacity of 80hl, made of cement to encourage slow, gentle fermentation. Besides the fascinating vat room, you also get to cruise through the vineyards in a golf buggy.
Useful information: Free tour and tasting by appointment, €6 from groups of seven upwards, daily from May to October, by appointment Monday to Friday 09.00-13.30; 14-18.30, weekends and bank holidays from 10.00-13.00, 14.00-17.00. Tours available in French, English, German and Chinese. Besides the fascinating vat room, you also get to cruise through the vineyards in a golf buggy.
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