We just received Decanter Magazine for March 2015 with a great article on Fronsac and Canon Fronsac, which Jane Anson calls “Unbeatable Right Bank Value”! And even better, Chateau Grand Renouil 2010 is her Top 2 pick of the two AOCs, with a 92/100. “Once softened it will be full of liquorice, bitter chocolate and blueberries. There is alcohol here, but the excellent balance of acidity and tannins gives it a round mouthfeel rather than heat.”
Summer is upon us and it is awards season! We are happy to announce that after winning a Gold Medal at the Concours des Bordeaux last year, our Chateau du Pavillon 2010 won a Silver Medal at the Concours Mondial this year. This vintage is still available in limited quantities at our winery in Fronsac.
We spent a great proportion of May touring China to promote our wines. On May 13, Michel Ponty landed in China and spent the two following weeks traveling, having wine dinners, and presenting at wine fairs. His travels include Beijing, Xiamen (Fujian province), Wuwei (Gansu province), Guangzhou for the Interwine fair, Xi’an (Shaanxi province) and Hong Kong for Vinexpo. This trip gave us the opportunity to see how wine consumed differently around China, from Fujian where people drink a lot of wine and cognac, to Guangzhou where the knowledge of wine is more advanced due to its proximity to Hong Kong, to Xi’an where many people are still getting used to the taste of red wine.
As a winemaker, it is a humbling experience to have to adapt our communication to so many different people in such a short time and we do our best to explain simply and/or in detail the traditions of our winemaking since we begun in 1905. Our efforts were noticed by (name of journal), who included us in their story of “New Roads to China”. You can read the article here.
Happy month of June!
For the Ponty Family,
2014 just started but we are already hard at work to bring our wines to you everywhere in the world.
Early January, the French newspaper Sud Ouest interviewed Helene about our strategy in China and her recommendations to enter the Chinese market. A year and a half ago, Helene created our import company in China, and this market now makes up 30% of our sales. We just moved in a new office in Beijing, and would love to show you around if you ever stop by this city. Our wines are now also widely distributed in Great Britain by Fields Morris and Verdin (wholesale department of Berry Brothers). This country is actually the largest export market for Canon Fronsac wines.
In the vineyard, we are still pruning our 75,000 vine stocks, all by hand because the quality of the future vintage starts with a good pruning. Pruning the vines allows better sunlight penetration to the fruit, which will promote color and discourage vegetal flavors in the wine. Less fruit per vine also makes the resulting wines more intense and complex. In wine, it’s very much a trade-off between quality and quantity!
Finally, we are currently looking into a new packaging for our wines, with a unique 6-bottle flat box. Beforehand we want to know your opinion: do you prefer to receive your wine in 6 or 12 bottles cases, and do you have any advice about this new format?