Owner: Matthieu & Virginie Molinié
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. In 1998, having obtained his diploma in viticulture & oenology, Matthieu Molinié took over the family estate. His partner Virginie obtained the same diploma and joined him 2 years later.
Today their estate covers 28 hectares of vineyards in the Cahors appellation, with vines that are on average 25 years old. They are assisted in the vineyard and the cellar by Pascal Verhaeghe (Château du Cèdre - one of the leading estates of the Cahors appellation), who helps them fine tune the vinification & ageing of their wines. Definitely an up and coming estate in the area!
Varietals Produced: Malbec, Merlot
Château Ponzac wines reflect the terroirs that are so typical of this estate.
The grapes that produce the cuvee "Maintenant" are grown on marly-limestone soil. The grapes for the cuvee "Patiemment" thrive on clay and limestone and the third terroir, composed of reddish ferruginous clay, produces the grapes that go into their «Eternelle-ment» cuvee.
Equidistant from the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, there is a dual climate in Cahors : Oceanic until June, it becomes Mediterranean in July, making for a perfect balance between acidity and maturity.
Rigorous and intensive work is carried out both in the vineyards and the cellar to ensure the quality of the Château Ponzac wines: yield mana-gement, leaf thinning, different parcels of vines vinified separately.
The cool nights enjoyed by the Château Ponzac vineyards, from their ideal location on the Cahors plateau, help confer an original style on their wines : medium bodied yet fresh and long on the palate, they are a vibrant expression of dark berry fruit.