The 2017 Morey-Saint-Denis Les Montluisants 1er Cru Blanc was picked on September 21 and 26/27, delayed due to the hail damage that stripped some vines of their leaves and retarded ripeness. The bouquet is well defined, offering apple blossom, touches of lanolin and a subtle petrolly aroma. The citrus-driven palate is well balanced with crisp acidity, featuring hints of lime, gooseberry and black currant and leading to a lightly spiced, tender finish. 2020 - 2028
The 2017 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Clos des Monts Luisants Blanc bursts from the glass with aromas of crisp green orchard fruit, waxy citrus rind, orange oil and warm pastry. Medium to full-bodied, fine-boned and elegant, it's chalky and incisive, with fine concentration and cut, concluding with a precise, mineral finish. 2025-2045
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.
Morey St. Dénis often suffers from an identity crisis. They are more fruit forward than the wines of Gevrey Chambertin, yet more structured than those of Chambolle Musigny. It seems in this sensethat they are like middle children, always wanting to please yet not standing out as the noisy one or the notably quiet one. They are however crowd pleasers and for those who feel that Gevreys are too muscular and Chambolles too feminine; Moreys seem just right, offering velvety tannins and tangible fruit. The village offers five grand cru vineyards including Clos de la Roche, Clos St. Dénis and Clos des Lambrays which nonetheless can rival those of neighbouring villages in terms of quality (some even view them as the best in the Côte de Nuits) and various premier cru vineyards.