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Château Pouget
As fines wines go, Bruno Colin is a new kid on the block. Created by Colin in 2003, the Cotes de Baune vineyard produced its first vintage in 2004. Even if the wine remains relatively new in international circles, the vines most certainly are not; history traces a vineyard on the Chassagne-Montrachet terroir since 281, planted by Roman Emperor (and fine wine lover) Probus! Bruno Colin himself is not new to winemaking either: he is part of the renowned Colin-Deléger family and worked for 10 years alongside his father prior to going it alone.
Keeping it in the family
If you have never heard of Château Pouget, don’t worry. Despite the vineyard being created in 1748, part of the original terroir was sold to Château Kirwan post-French Revolution, thus reducing its size to one of the smallest fine wine estates on the Left Bank. After its sale to Pierre Elies in 1906, it was run as part of the larger Boyd–Cantenac domaine until 1983. This is not as surprising as it sounds, as Pierre’s son in law was none other than Louis Guillemet owner of Boyd–Cantenac. Today, the Guillemet family owns both estates.
Estate facts
Lucien Guillemet is the fifth generation of the family at the helm, returning to the estate in 2006 as a brief affair with Château Giscours. The farming has been 100% organic for over 30 years, but it is only as of 2017 that have they been certified as such. The 10-hectares of sandy, gravelly terroir are planted to 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Vines average around 35 years. Vinification takes place in stainless steel tanks; the wine is then transferred to (60-80% new) French oak barrels for ageing.
A hard fine wine to find
Château Pouget’s production is low (just 50,000 bottles). Distribution is also very limited, with just one negociant dealing with all exports. This can make it very hard to find on the secondary market. Relatively underpriced for a wine from the region, this only adds to its covetability. Year on year ROI is rising steadily for all vintages as of Q3 2019.
Notable facts and vintages
  • The coat of arms still featured on Château Pouget’s label today was awarded by the wine-loving Marechal-Duc de Richelieu in 1748.
  • The estate also produces a second wine, Antoine Pouget.
  • Owner Lucien Guillemet is also Château Pouget’s oenologist, one of very few classified estates not employing an external winemaker.