Baby Margaux: Ch. PONTAC PHENIX 2012

Ch. Pontac Phenix is the out-of-appellation second wine of Margaux’s Ch. Pontac Lynch (a personal favorite of mine). Same winemaking team, equipment, and techniques as the grand vin but the grapes are from a little further east just outside the Margaux appellation (hence “Haut Medoc” appellation) on soils with a little more sand and a little less gravel. I like to think of it as an elegant baby Margaux at a very everyday price.

Ch. PONTAC PHENIX, Haut Medoc, 2012     ($17.99)
A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvigon and 50% Merlot grown on well-drained sandy (with some gravel) soils just to the east (toward the river) of the Margaux appellation. Made at Ch. Pontac Lynch in Margaux. Fermentation in old concrete tanks with pump-overs; aged 14 months in French oak barrels (no new oak).       Red color with well-formed legs; dry, medium-bodied with freshly balanced acidity and medium phenolics.  Fresh and lively with pretty red fruit and an elegant sublte spice to go with some tobacco leaf and cedar notes. Margaux-like perfume. Pretty in its balance and simplicity. Think of it as a baby Margaux at an Haut Medoc price. WOW. BearScore: 91+.

Bear Dalton and the late Marie Christine Bondon of Ch. Pontac Lynch and Ch. Pontac Phenix. The estate is now managed by her sister Marie-Hélène Falleur Bondon.

 

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