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: He has one 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 is available exclusively from Honest Grapes.
Further below are reviews of the 2015 and 2016 vintages. You can read an update, including tasting notes of the 2017 vintage here.
Only 300 cases will be produced each vintage and sold on a strictly allocation basis (up to 2 cases each) for a three-vintage period. Other benefits include privileged direct access to the producer’s existing wine portfolio and exclusive wine tasting experiences in the US, UK and at the château. Given Jonathan consistently scores 97-100 points in good vintages, managing to impress both American and British critics equally, we feel very confident this will be a superb and unique addition to any fine wine portfolio. Three Year Payment - fixed at £3,960 (£1,320 per case of 12 bottles) In Bond. 2 cases maximum annual allocation. You can choose to have the wine in magnums for no extra cost, and those taking a 2-case annual allocation can have 6x double mags (3l), 3x Imperials (6l), 2x Salmanazars (9l) or a Melchior (18l) at less than their cost (a flat 10% premium).
This offer is limited and may be withdrawn at any time.
"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. Maturity 2018-2038."
96/100 Jeb Dunnuck (Oct-2018)
"This is a round, concentrated wine, with fine berry fruits along alongside juicy dark plum. It is rich while keeping impressive freshness that comes from piercing acidity that cuts through at the end. The aftertaste shows spice, ginger and further tannins that promise aging."
94–96/100 Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast
"The maiden 2015 Le Pontet was hitherto blended into Laforge. 'It is the only block on the côte that we didn't have as a single vineyard,' Jonathan Maltus told me. 'We had wanted to do it for a while.' A blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, and matured in 80% new oak, it has a bright, well-defined bouquet with blackberry and bilberry fruit, demonstrating more precision than the 2015 Le Carré at this stage. The palate is medium-bodied with silky smooth tannin, very well-balanced with touches of blueberry and black cherry, fine delineation towards the finish that lingers long in the mouth. I think Maltus was correct: 2015 was the perfect way to introduce Le Pontet - this is splendid. Drink: 2019-2035"
93-95/100 (second and only by a point to Le Dome in the Maltus stable) /The Wine Advocate
"A new release from Jonathan Maltus from a parcel on the limestone plateau. More elegant style; fresh and well defined. Juicy, persistent and dry on the finish."
94/100 Tim Atkin (same as Mouton Rothschild, Pontet Canet, Vieux Chateau Certan and Leoville Las Cases).
"Coming from a parcel of Grand Pontet, this is a rather more centred, dark and earthy wine, with deep tones and some wild, hard tannins. This is the most backward and reluctant of the Maltus trio and yet this is a fascinating wine with serious fruit and while the oak is masking some mulberry and plum juiciness it is a brooding creature and it will eventually emerge from it slumber."
17++ Matthew Jukes
"An exciting new addition to the Jonathan Maltus portfolio; he recently acquired this parcel of vines next to Château Grand Pontet, on the plateau to the north of the town of St Emilion. The terroir is therefore clay and limestone, more profound than Le Carré, but not the hard and highly valued calcaire à astéries of Les Astéries. The blend is 85% Merlot, picked October 2nd, and 15% Cabernet Franc, picked October 13th. The alcohol is 14.7%, the acidity 3.12 g/l. In style it is certainly more elegant than Le Carré, with an interesting, rather chalky perfume to the nose, marked by black cherry, cocoa bean, with a certain floral perfume giving it some real lift. A very carefully judged palate follows, with a polished texture, a medium body through the middle, with piles of spicy energy and structure through the middle. A precise style, with a succulent tannic backbone, with long, grippy finish. This has been a wise buy for Jonathan, as this is a great addition to the portfolio, and would make a smart addition to any drinker's cellar too."
“The 2016 Château Pontet Labrie is also 80/20 Merlot and Cabernet Franc, aged in 80% new oak. It has more limestone character in its blackberry, black raspberry, graphite, and crushed rock-driven aromatics. Some lavender notes, full-bodied richness, building structure, and a great finish all make for a killer wine. As I wrote regarding the 2015, here’s another hats off to Jonathan Maltus for another thrilling Saint-Emilion that’s going to benefit from short-term cellaring and thrill for 15-20 years. Drink 2022 - 2042.” 95+/100 Jeb Dunnuck (Feb-2019)“…It has a ripe crème de cassis and blueberry-scented bouquet with flecks of dark chocolate. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, quite lively and with a sorbet-like freshness towards the finish. I was impressed by the 2015 last year, and this is a sterling follow-up."
92-94/100 Neal Martin for Wine Advocate (Apr-2017)
"The 2016 Pontet Labrie is deep, powerful and intense. Even with all of its overt fruit and intensity, it also has plenty of tannic underpinning. Bright acids lift this dark, powerful Saint-Émilion."
91-94/100 Antonio Galloni
“…a dark and expressive nose, smoky, filled with currants, coffee and roasted black beans. The palate is substantial, polished, impressive, with huge depth, dark fruits, dark chocolate, coffee and praline, along with bright acidity. Deliciously polished, bright, fresh with vibrant tannins, which give the wine a long, grippy, acid-fresh finish. Piles of flavour here, packed in wall-to-wall, and wrapped in a huge, glossy, voluptuous substance. An impressive result."
93-95/100 Wine Doctor (Chris Kissack)
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