Chateau Ponzac was founded in 1998, when Matthieu Molinié, having earned his degree in viticulture & oenology, took over his family estate. His partner Virginie obtained the same diploma and joined him 2 years later. The Molinié family has been living in the village of Carnac-Rouffiac since the 14th century and is inextricably linked to the local vineyards and winemaking traditions.
Chateau Ponzac covers 28 hectares of vineyards in the Cahors appellation, with vines that are 25-years-old on average. They produce Malbec and Merlot. Matthieu and Virginia are assisted in the vineyard and the cellar by Pascal Verhaeghe of Château du Cèdre, one of the leading estates in the Cahors appellation. Pascale helps them finetune the vinification & ageing of their wines.
Château Ponzac wines reflect the terroirs that are typical of the area. The grapes for their cuvee "Maintenant" are grown on marly-limestone soil; the grapes for their cuvee "Patiemment" thrive on clay and limestone; the grapes for their Eternellement cuvee come from reddish ferruginous clay.
Equidistant from the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, there is a dual climate in Cahors: oceanic until June, then becoming Mediterranean in July, allowing a perfect balance between acidity and maturity. Ponzac’s vineyards enjoy cool nights from their ideal location on the Cahors plateau, which helps confer an original style on their wines: medium bodied, yet fresh and long on the palate, with a vibrant expression of dark berry fruit.