Category Archives: 2013

“En-primeurs” campaign, April 2014

Dear Friends,

April is always an important month in Bordeaux. Every year, the first week of April, wine professionals and journalists from all over the world gather in Bordeaux for the “en primeurs” week. They taste the wine harvested in the fall, and the wineries start to disclose their prices for this vintage.

For us, this special week is a good time to share with you our decisions for the 2013 vintage. You already know that 2013 was a difficult year. It rained a lot in Bordeaux, the quantities harvested were very small, and after keeping only the best grapes, we produced very little. With such tiny quantities, and a quality that we believe didn’t meet our standards, we decided not to release any bottle of our Chateau Grand Renouil for 2013.

Chateau Grand Renouil 2 - Copyright Nadine COURAUD (44)We made this decision because what matters most to us is the promise we made to all of you of a stable quality every year, and to maintain our reputation for producing high quality wines. For our other wines, we are confident that we can fulfill that promise, with quantities averaging 40% of previous vintages. They will be fruity, easy-to-appreciate wines with fine tannins, perfect to enjoy in the few years after their bottling, and we know you will find a lot of pleasure drinking them. Our Blanc de Grand Renouil is especially good and fragrant.

Please make sure to contact us directly if you have any question, and in the meantime, we want to leave you with a video we filmed last year explaining more what happens every year in Bordeaux in April.

Happy month of April!
For the Ponty Family,
Helene Ponty

Newsletter – December 2013

Dear Friends,

We cannot believe 2013 is already over! Our last event this year was the great Ponty concert and wine tasting lunch at restaurant Lozen-Boer in Lochristi, Belgium. Dominique and Pascale, Michel’s sister and niece, performed a piano and violin duet for our long-term clients in Belgium, who then enjoyed a delicious lunch paired with our most recent vintages. Wine and music have always been intertwined in our family, and we were so happy to show that through this event.

Exif_JPEG_PICTUREIn our vineyards, we started pruning the vines. Our tradition is to then collect the branches, dry them, and use them to grill meats in our chimney. It gives the meat a delicious flavor! The December skies have been amazing, and we have been blessed with many beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

P1040134Most of all, Michel, Helene, and all the Ponty family, wanted to thank you for your continuous support throughout the year. In 2013 more than ever, we tried to take all the ideas and questions you had about our packaging, presentation, communication, and integrate it in everything we do. This newsletter is one of the first examples of this, and 2014 will bring many more.


Please continue to let us know what you like or dislike, what you don’t understand, where you would like to find our wines, and any suggestion you have for us. This is how we will grow and continue to not only give you the best wines, but also make sure you know how our wines are made, our family’s traditions and philosophy.
So from all our family, thank you, and we wish you a very happy new year.

For the Ponty Family,
Helene Ponty

Newsletter – November 2013

Dear Friends,

In November, Michel and Helene Ponty traveled many regions to represent the Ponty wines, while our 2013 vintage is slowly transforming into another great wine.

What happened in Canon Fronsac?
In our cellar, our 2013 red wines are undergoing the last fermentations in the vats, transforming the malic acids, before we start the ageing process. They will be ready around mid-2015, the 2013 white wine mid-2014. Don’t forget that the 2013 quantities will be around half of other vintages.
Because of high demand, we are soon running out of our Chateau Grand Renouil 2010 and Blanc de Grand Renouil 2012. Please reach out to us soon if you wish to grab some of our last bottles. Chateau Grand Renouil 2010 is especially exceptional.

Ponty on the road
Michel Ponty traveled to Chateauroux for the wine fair organized by Caves Raffault, and present the 2010 vintage and our 2012 white wine. Once again people were surprised by the great consistency of our white over the years and its extreme fragrance. Michel Ponty then visited our long-term clients in Belgium. Some of them are now the grandchildren of Victor Ponty’s clients more than 60 years ago! During this trip he finalized our upcoming event Ponty wine tasting, concert and lunch, featuring Dominique and Pascale Ponty playing piano and violin respectively, on December 8th at Lochristi (Belgium). We still have a few seats available for this event, email us at [email protected] for more details.
On the other side of the globe, Helene Ponty has been traveling from Beijing, to Shanghai and Xiamen to attend the Saint Emilion Pomerol Fronsac wine fairs organized there and represent Canon Fronsac wines. Many attendees told her how they felt that Canon Fronsac’s terroirs allowed for the best expression of the Merlot grapes.

Ponty Wines in the world
We are happy to announce that our Ponty wines are now available in Switzerland, and in Fujian province in China. Please contact us if you would like the contact information of our distributors there.

Finally, we want to leave you with our latest creation, a video introducing our winery! Enjoy! Behalf the Ponty Family,
Helene Ponty