Domaine Ponsot Clos de la Roche Cuvée Vieilles Vignes 2010 1.5L

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In the Grand Cru vineyard of Clos de la Roche (which is located in the village of Morey-Saint Denis), the aggregate size of Ponsot's holding is a whopping 3.4 hectares, easily making this domaine the largest holder in coveted Clos de la Roche. However, as always, Burgundy must be taken in perspective. The low yielding Pinot Noir grape must be treated with great care, and yields are among the lowest in the world in Burgundy (making outstanding wines like Ponsot hard to acquire). Domaine Ponsot was established in 1772 by William Ponsot after the Prussian War and today is run by Jean-Marie Ponsot and his son Laurent. After the 19th century, the Domaine began to take its present form under the influence of Jean-Marie's uncle who had 7.4 acres of vineyards but no children of his own. So when his nephew, Jean-Marie's father, took over in 1922, the inheritance had become only 2.47 acres due to the complicated French laws of inheritance. By the time Jean-Marie started working in 1949, his uncle had increased the holdings to 14.8 acres by purchasing more land. Jean-Marie then added 6.4 acres in 1957, located in Morey, Gevrey and Chambolle. Nonetheless, Ponsot is a very small domaine from which we receive limited cases. The farming is as organic as possible, the winemaking is traditional. The wines are not
filtered, nor is sulphur used. The handpicked grapes are passed through a Demoisy crusher-stemmer and are mostly destemmed, although a few stems may be left if deemed necessary for more tannin. No new oak is used and wines are fined before bottling. It can be up to 24 months before the wines are bottled.
Burghound reports on 2010:
'The always direct Laurent Ponsot unequivocally pronounced that 2010 "is every bit as good as 2009 but completely different. There are a number of differences but perhaps first among them is that 2009 is much more marked by its vintage whereas 2010 is classic and transparent. As usual, I elected to begin picking very late and didn't start until the 1st of October. There was essentially no sorting work necessary for rot though it was necessary to eliminate some under ripe berries. Yields were definitely down as my hectare equivalent crop was only 24 hl/ha. By contrast, potential alcohols were excellent at between 13.5 and 14%. I did my usual vinification of a 12 to 18 day cuvaison with 100% destemmed fruit. Given that the fruit was very clean there were really no issues to speak of though I will say that I was most agreeably surprised by the quality of the wines, in particular their sense of harmony and impeccable balance.'
Category Red Wine
Country France
Region Burgundy
Appellation Cote de Nuits
Brand Domaine Ponsot
  • bh97

BurghoundIn stark contrast to the expressiveness of the Clos St. Denis, this is almost mute and even aggressive swirling liberates only the briefest glimpses of wild red berries and earth notes. There is superb size and weight to the imposing and overtly muscular flavors that also enjoy an incredible amount of dry extract that confers a supple and seductively textured mouth feel to the highly concentrated mid-palate. The presently buried tannins are intense and markedly firm though not hard on the explosively long finish that seems to go on and on. This should be something very special if given sufficient time to reach its apogee. 95-97

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