The 2009 has great colour with hints of smoky berries on the nose and a silky satin texture. Gorgeous perfume, really ripe blackcurrants and cherries. On the palate very structured. Vibrant. 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot, 30% Merlot (AB/SM Apr 2010)
Jancis Robinson MW : 18
100 Points, Robert Parker: "An amazing wine in every sense, this classic, full-bodied Pauillac is the quintessential Pontet Canet from proprietor Alfred Tesseron, who continues to reduce yields and farms his vineyards biodynamically – a rarity in Bordeaux. Black as a moonless night, the 2009 Pontet Canet offers up notes of incense, graphite, smoke, licorice, creme de cassis and blackberries. A wine of irrefutable purity, laser-like precision, colossal weight and richness, and sensational freshness, this is a tour de force in winemaking that is capable of lasting 50 or more years. The tannins are elevated, but they are sweet and beautifully integrated as are the acidity, wood and alcohol (which must be in excess of 14%). This vineyard, which is situated on the high plateau of Pauillac adjacent to Mouton Rothschild, appears to have done everything perfectly in 2009. This cuvee should shut down in the cellar and re-open in a decade or more. Anticipated maturity: 2025-2075."
Alfred Tesseron has turned this estate into one of the most exciting properties in the Medoc. The magnificent vineyards adjacent to Mouton Rothschild are now farmed biodynamically and the balance and intensity in these wines is now of jaw-dropping quality.
Ch Siaurac, Lalande de Pomerol
Very well mannered, excellent balance and lovely integration. Clean texture, super. Sweet and rounded, very attractive mocha flavour. Not overdone. Lovely refined tannins, succulent texture, fine tannins. Delicious. (AB/SM Apr 2010)
Jancis Robinson MW : 15 Robert Parker: 89-91
The Guichard family have owned Ch Siaurac since 1832, and Paul Goldschmidt has been in charge for the past decade. Last year François Pinault, proprietor of Ch Latour purchased a half share and his technical team are now familiarising themselves with the property with a view to further investment.
Ch Siaurac is one of the largest estates in Lalande de Pomerol, which itself is an extension of the Pomerol plateau. There are 40 separate plots of vines extending to 46 hectares incorporating gravels and clays, planted with 72 % Merlot, 22 % Cabernet-Franc and 6 % Malbec.