- Domaine Ponsot
- Clos de la Roche
- Pinot Noir
- 2027 - 2047
- Case size
Neal Martin, December 2014,
The 2013 Clos de la Roche Cuvée Vieilles Vignes, from vines planted in 1905, has an inviting, delineated bouquet with vibrant wild strawberry, raspberry preserve and mineral notes. The palate has great tension – so suave and poised with superb symmetry and an effortless finish that I don’t think the Clos Saint Denis has at the moment. Laurent Ponsot did not disguise his enthusiasm for this Grand Cru and I could understand why.||Laurent Ponsot was my first visit in Morey-Saint-Denis. As usual he was looking dapper in a suit and shirt, his usual chatty self. Naturally, we touched upon the subject of counterfeits that Laurent has been instrumental in bringing to the courts and meting out some justice to one, if not all, of the perpetrators. I remember speaking to Laurent when the case was just beginning. Now at the other end I felt that he was somewhat fatigued by trips across the Atlantic and giving evidence in court. He's had enough of the limelight. But at least he is one of the few winemakers proactively using technology to monitor where his bottles end up (although I must admit, I find it a bit disconcerting that a red light might go "Ping" if I happened to uncork one of his wines.) The tenets chez Ponsot remain unchanged and have been discussed in detail before, the bottom line being the new oak is an anathema to Laurent. "In 2013 we had low yields," he explained. "It was exactly like in 1983 - around 15hl/ha. We started the harvest around 7 October, quite late, and we allowed the whites four months to rest in tank in order to get rid of any reduction." Laurent's 2013s are seriously fine propositions, in particular a stunning Clos-de-Bèze and Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes, though there is plenty to forage from more modest vineyard sites. There is also a négoçiant range that I did not taste here. Given the "coziness" of his cellar perched overlooking the village of Morey, Laurent has a new facility to handle these excess barrels. eRobertParker.com.December, 2014. 96/100
Burghound, January 2017,
An overtly floral-suffused nose, and in particular violet and lilac, adds a touch of elegance to the liqueur-like red cherry, plum and dark currant scents. The exceptionally rich and full-bodied flavors possess an outstanding level of dry extract that imparts a highly seductive texture to the mid-palate, indeed it's even caressing, yet the intensity and power really mount as this moves toward the almost painfully intense and explosive finale. Like its Clos St. Denis stable mate, this is superb and should effortlessly reward 20 years of cellaring and still be around 50 years from now. Drink 2035+ Don't Miss!
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.
Clos de la Roche
The finest and biggest Grand Cru red wine appellation in Burgundy's Morey-St-Denis, on the Côte deNuits, covering 16.9ha. Clos de la Roche's soils are rich in marl which gives more body, depth and ageing potential to its wines than most other vineyards. Wines from Clos de la Roche tend to be powerful and full bodied with black fruit aromas and flavours, developing rich, gamey characters with age.