Château Pontet Canet: History

In 1865, the Cruse family took control of Chateau Pontet-Canet and following a doomed decision to eschew chateau-bottling, its quality spiralled down to an incredible degree. In 1973, the Cruse family were involved in an infamous Bordeaux wine fraud scandal. Although they appealed and all charges were dropped in 1975, the stain on their reputation still forced the sale of Pontet-Canet to Guy Tesseron who was a Cognac merchant at that time. In the late 1990s, the wines began gaining international recognition with the help of Michel Rolland and Chateau Pontet-Canet 1994 was regarded as herald of a renaissance for the estate, from which there was significant improvement in quality. Today, Chateau Pontet-Canet has clearly positioned itself as a ‘Super Second’ even though it is classified as a Fifth Growth.