Château Pontet Labrie
Jonathan Maltus OBE is one of Bordeaux’ most pioneering and successful 100-point winemakers, famous for his single vineyard cru wines which are consistently highly-rated on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2015 Jonathan approached us as he wanted to present a very special new wine: his last boutique vineyard, Pontet Labrie, on the plateau in Saint-Émilion on some of the best soils in the region, with old vines (some pre-’56), surrounded by Grand Cru Classé châteaux.
The entire production of this boutique wine (300 cases maximum per year) is available exclusively from Honest Grapes.
Deep nose with impressive purity and focus but plenty of complexity. Initial aromas of raspberry jam, sandalwood and vanilla pod, give way to a fresher note of violets, and nice to see fresh red fruits – ripe strawberries nestled amongst the darker black cherries and berries. Whiffs of star anise, sourdough crust, cacao nibs, cumin and tapenade complete the intoxicating bouquet. Palate has good tension and intensity, broad and long penetrating salty tannins wrapping protectively around the dark, spiced red plum and blackberry core. Dryly rich, some graphite, cocoa powder and toast and nicely svelte, elegant fruit that persists well. This is a very different beast from 2018. I imagine this has a long life ahead but is pleasingly nimble and deft for another solar vintage. Tom Harrow
"A very limited production cuvée, from a small vineyard just behind the town, close to the stadium, on clay-limestone soils. The blend is 80% Merlot picked on October 3rd, and 20% Cabernet Franc picked on October 7th. The alcohol is 14.2%. A very focused nose, with elegantly smoked fruits, showing an impressive sense of dried concentration, the scents of red cherry laced with currant, black olive and black pepper. The Maltus portfolio shows a delightful sense of sinew and tension to the wines this year, and this is true here, but there is also a little of the trademark body and texture to this cuvée, although it works harmoniously with the rest of the palate. A rich but framed and focused style, with perfumed peony and rose-petal nuances to the fruit on the midpalate, with tightly knit tannins for backbone. Long, peppery, tightly grained, with great energy and grip, this has very fine potential." 94-96 pts, Chris Kissack
"The 2019 Chateau Pontet Labrie showed beautifully, with lots of cassis and smoky blackcurrant fruit as well as spice, flowers, violets, and spicy oak. Silky, medium to full-bodied, and beautifully balanced, it’s a gorgeous 2019 that has everything in the right place" 94-96+ Jeb Dunnuck, Drink 2023-2040
|Duty Paid / In Bond||In Bond|
|Grape||Cabernet Franc, Merlot|
|Wine Type||Red wines|
|Wine Style||Smooth Red|
One of Bordeaux’ most pioneering and successful 100-point wine producers
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