The chateau takes its name from Jean-François de Pontet who held a position of Master of the Horse in Versailles serving Louis XV.
When Jean-François de Pontet returned to Guyenne, he became Governor of the Médoc. In 1705, he purchased a few acres of land to the north of the village of Pauillac and turned it into a vineyard. A few years later, he added several parcels in a place called Canet. Hence, the name, Pontet-Canet.
In 1865, the estate became the property of a wine merchant, Herman Cruse whose family kept the estate for 110 years. In 1975, Chateau Pontet-Canet was acquired by Guy Tesseron, a cognac merchant. The Tesseron family still owns the Chateau as well as Pym-Rae Napa Valley winery, previously known as Robin Williams Napa Valley Vineayrd.
The wines of Château Pontet-Canet obtained organic certification and biodynamic certification.
Since 2008, Pontet-Canet is using horses to work the vineyard with the purpose of avoiding compaction of the soils.
Today, the chateau has 81 hectares under vines, developing primarily on the quaternary gravel soils.
Average age of the vines: 40-45 years.
Hauts de Pontet-Canet
62% Cabernet Sauvignon
4% Cabernet Franc
2% Petit Verdot