Monday, August 29, 2011

Pontet Canet in August

Visit with Michel Puzio (Croix de Labrie) of the vineyards and cellars of Château Pontet Canet in Pauillac, received by one of the person in charge of the vineyards. I wanted to see how a non-cropped vineyard looks like: Well, it makes you want to try, at least on a nice parcel. Pontet Canet is a leader in a lot of areas, including how to properly use horses to plow, treat, in fact replace tractors with the goal of producing good grapes, the entire vineyard being biodynamic, at least this year, makes you want to do the same. The tests I did with biodynamic in 2000 and 2001 did not work at that time so I decided to stop.
Before starting again, I will wait for others to show the way, preferring, for once, to be a follower rather than a precursor.
The visit of the cellar, the wooden vats and especially the cement ones, which I am proud to be partly responsible for, show how serious and precise the wines are made and the image the owners want to convey. We were not there to taste; it will be for next time.

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