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The new website of the Ponty Winery

Dear Friends,

Two years ago, we released our first website to make our winery’s story and history accessible to anyone on the Internet. Today, we are happy to share with you a new 2.0 version of the Ponty Winery website:  www.pontyvineyards.com .This new website allows you to easily find all the information about our wines including our brochure, photos, videos, press articles, and the numerous awards we’ve accepted.

Here is an example video we recently added to our website: http://youtu.be/VGUPhRj-EV8. In this video we show you how to prepare, taste, and enjoy a bottle of wine at our home, Chateau du Pavillon. We created this video after receiving many questions about wine tasting. Do feel free to share it with your friends or clients.

Finally, we are proud to announce that a few days ago, Enrico Bernardo, Best Sommelier of the World 2004, selected our Chateau Grand Renouil and Petit Renouil wines for his Michelin starred restaurant ‘Il Vino’ and his wine store ‘Champagne et Vins’ in Paris. We highly recommend you pay his restaurant a visit next time you are in Paris, to enjoy one of the best wine lists of the city.

Happy July!
On behalf of the Ponty Family,
Helene Ponty

A New Medal for Chateau du Pavillon

Dear Friends,

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.

Concours Mondial medal
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.

Wine Business International May 2014-0As 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,
Helene Ponty

“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.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M61MMqlPYeo
http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNjQwMzgzNDg0.html

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