Despite a touch of reduction on the 2013 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru, there is tangible earthiness on the nose that renders it broodier than some other Corton-Charlemagne tasted from barrel. The palate is well balanced with a fine thread of acidity that cuts through vibrant notes of almond and Cornice pear and a dab of lemongrass upon the effervescent, precise finish. This is a sublime Corton-Charlemagne, though without quite the complexity of other vintages that I have tasted. Drink: 2017 - 2035
Domaine Ponsot is an atypical but outstanding domaine in Morey St Denis. Their combination of late picking, destemming, and ageing in old oak barrels achieve the domaine’s distinctive style of long lived wines. Laurent Ponsot left the domaine in 2017, and the estate is now run by his sister, Rose Marie Ponsot. Alexandre Abel has joined the team as régisseur, and together they continue to uphold these three principles of the estate. Furthermore, they are not afraid to experiment, and are always evolving the viticulture and winemaking style with small innovations.
The Grands Crus of Corton, a red made from Pinot Noir, and Corton Charlemagne, a white made from Chardonnay are shared between Aloxe-Corton, Ladoix Serrigny and Pernand Vergelesses. The vines for both are planted on the hillsides underneath the plateau of Corton's woodland forest. The majorityof Pinot Noir is planted in the southern and eastern sector where the soil is naturally rich with red iron clay giving additional body and power. Overall, the wines from these areas tend to be fruit forward and fleshy with a balance of round edges and fine concentration.