Pontet Labrie and New Winery
We have exciting news about our friend and partner Jonathan Maltus’ new winery – personally designed by Norman Foster.
Maltus has revealed plans for a new winery in the heart of Saint-Emilion. Le Dôme is being built to house his single-vineyard grand cru wines and has been designed by Norman Foster. The winery is Foster + Partners’ first such project since it undertook the renovations at Château Margaux in 2015. For more information check out Tom's How to Spend it article click here.
This is exciting news for our current Club Pontet Labrie members and anyone who might be interested in joining...Bring on the launch party! Will make membership even more fun!
A recap on Club Pontet Labrie which revolves around three key elements:
• Dinner party bragging rights: Ownership of a tiny production 96-point rated Grand Cru Saint Emilion that only 100 people globally have access to (personalised large formats available).
• The Events & Network: Access to a programme of great wine-based experiences, in UK and abroad, with a fascinating bunch of successful fellow bon viveurs, including regular “at home” tastings in London with the winemaker himself.
• Investing in Pleasure: The accompanying prestige with production moving into the new Norman Foster designed winery, and expectation of subsequent upgrade in the 2022 Saint Emilion reclassification, is likely to result in a positive upward market re-positioning of Jonathan’s wines. Cases in bond, (free from duty and CGT,) can form part of an alternative assets portfolio.
Current memberships begins with 2018-2020 allocations for those renewing, but it’s possible for new members to begin with physical vintages - including the inaugural vintage - the 96-point rated 2015, as part of their allocations. 2016 has been re-scored up to 96 points and 2018 has received barrel scores of 94-96 points, placing it in the top bracket of high performing wines from this exceptional vintage. The recently harvested 2019 is also looking exceptionally promising.
Whichever set of vintages you choose – a full membership comes with 24 bottles (or larger formats as preferred – magnums at no extra premium) per annum for three years and the wine is costed at a total of £7920 in bond (and a half membership at £3960). It also includes the following benefits:
· A complimentary overnight stay at Chateau Teyssier as well as a comprehensive tasting of Jonathan Maltus's top cru wines, all by prior arrangement (accommodation available post renovation from February 2020 onwards).
· Regular “At Home” tastings at Jonathan’s Chelsea home for members and guests.
· Invitations to our programme of exclusive events and trips with luxury partners.
· Privileged Access to our “Grand Crew Classé” - wine lifestyle concierge services and portfolio planning.
A single vineyard Grand Cru Saint Emilion. One of the original Bordeaux ‘garagistes’, 100-point St Emilion winemaker Jonathan Maltus had a single 1ha vineyard remaining on a prime site on the plateau, with vines pre-dating the frost of 1957, which he has developed as the Merlot equivalent to his famous Le Dôme. Early vintages have already attracted excellent 95+/96 point reviews and, given the exceptionally limited production, are immediately collector’s items, even featuring in the Robb Report’s “Hard To Get” feature on the world’s most elusive bottles.
The vineyard produces a maximum 300 cases of this exceptional Merlot/Cabernet Franc and allocations are available exclusively through Honest Grapes as part of a three-year club membership, which comes with 24 bottles per annum, by invitation only. Only 150 wine lovers globally can access the club and there are currently members in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas.
Less than 40 3-year memberships are still available.
Published on: October 17, 2019