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In 1895, Théophile Skawinski, estate manager at the time, created a revolutionary vat-house with oak vats fed by gravity with the help of a wooden platform on the first floor which could move around on rails.

Pontet-Canet has taken up the idea again more recently, renovating the vat-house and adapting it to modern times. The Nicole vat-house was inaugurated in 2005, following the same principles and featuring small conical concrete vats.

Using oak and concrete is part of the quest for quality, as they ensure excellent thermal inertia during the making of red wines with ageing potential.