Club Pontet Labrie Update February 2019

With the wonderful 2018 vintage now in barrel, here’s an update for you on the latest news and reviews.

Status of the three vintages


  • The 2017 is in the latter stage of its maturation and will most likely be bottled in June 2019, ready for collection sometime between September to December 2019. The actual dates may vary according to the winemaker’s discretion.

  • The 2018 has completed its fermentation and is now in the early stage of maturation in barrels.

  • The 2019 awaits the Spring for the grapes to grow!

Recent Reviews The maiden (2015) vintage


We were delighted to see yet another positive review for the maiden vintage:
"Hold onto your hats with this 2015 Château Pontet Labrie as it's an incredible Saint Emilion that does everything right! Based on 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc that was brought up in plenty of new oak, this rocking wine offers up a huge nose of sweet cassis, blueberries, graphite and flowers, whith just a touch of chocolatey oak showing in the background. Deep, full-bodied, incredibly sexy yet also incredibly elegant, it opens up beautifully with time in the glass and has a purity of fruit that makes it almost irresisible today. Nevertheless, it's going to keep for two decades or more in cool cellars. Hat's off to Jonathan Maltus for this awesome first release." Jeb Dunnock, Oct-18 (96 points)

The 2016 Vintage


As a club member, you should already have received your 2015 and 2016 wines from us (if not, we have them in London, so contact us to have them transferred to you).  After the first reviews in barrel back in April 2017, here’s a selection of top critics’ reviews of the 2016 vintage now it’s available in bottle:
"The 2015 and 2016 vintages on the right bank will give great drinking for decades to come, but in strongly contrasting styles, 2015 rich and velvety, 2016 dense but sinewy and fresh. Unlike the left bank, we have here back-to-back great vintages.
 From the portfolio of Jonathan Maltus… if you are a fan, I suggest keeping your stocks nicely topped up. With plans to build new cellars on land between his two leading vineyards, Jonathan may well find himself eligible for promotion in the St Emilion classification when it is next reviewed, presumably in 2022. That isn't going to push prices down, obviously.
 The blend here is 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc, and the élevage was in 80% new oak. It begins with a rather shy character on the nose, all vanilla flower and cocoa bean, with a sprinkling of limestone dust. The palate shows a rich and broad texture, polished with a substantial grip underneath it, but with a very svelte and elegant bed of tannins. It feels cool and composed, the rich seam of tannins showing some impact in the middle of the wine, which remains silky and substantial at the same time. It carries the flavours of leather, coffee bean and degraded black cherry fruit. Overall, a delight, with a long and grippy finish." Chris Kissack, Wine Doctor Jan-19 (95 points)
 
"The 2016 Pontet Labrie is a dark, sumptuous Saint-Émilion. Dark cherry, plum, chocolate and smoke all flesh out as this powerful, explosive wine shows off its personality. Full-throttle to the core, Pontet Labrie will thrill readers who enjoy luscious, bold wines. There is plenty to admire here." Antonio Galloni, Vinous Jan-19 (94 points)

The 2017 Vintage

"The 2017 Pontet Labrie (formerly Le Pontet) offers a little more brightness, aromatic lift and red-toned fruit than most of Jonathan Malthus' other wines. Hints of rose petal, lavender, mint and spice give the wine striking lift. This is another gorgeous wine from Maltus." Antonio Galloni, Vinous May-18 (91-94) points in barrel

Kosher Barrels


All of the Kosher syndicate wine has now been taken up (we may have a few bottles of each vintage to spare).  The volumes of 2017 and 2018 are thus fixed, although we should be able to make an additional barrel of 2019 if there is demand.  Please let us know if you are interested.

Club Pontet Labrie 2018-20


The second three year tranche of club memberships was recently opened, and with high expectations for the 2018 vintage and a sensible release price, most members of the 2015-17 club have now renewed. As a thank you for your continuing support, the renewal will include a complimentary overnight stay at Chateau Teyssier and tasting of Jonathan’s portfolio of wines, by arrangement, after the renovations are completed later this year.  Given demand and currency fluctuations, we can’t guarantee to hold the price forever, so please contact Tom at tom@honestgrapes.co.uk if you haven’t already renewed.

Upcoming Events


We are looking forward to hosting the first of a series of more intimate “At Home” tastings with Jonathan at his Chelsea pad for members and potential new members, with the first evening planned towards the end of April, when the weather might allow us to take advantage of the roof terrace!  This will be a great opportunity to get the lowdown from Jonathan on the eagerly anticipated 2018 vintage.  Please look out for further updates.  Club members will also have priority access to other upcoming events we have planned with other luxury brand partners so watch this space…

New offers from the Maltus Estates


We are just finalising a lovely offer of two of Jonathan’s US wines from his Worlds End Estate.  We’ll offer these at a special price for Club Pontet Labrie members, so look out for these.  We will also secure allocations of his other Bordeaux 2018 wines when they are released in May/June, so watch out for those offers.
Yours,
Tom and Nathan