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Goedhuis, November 2019
A brilliant example of the potential of top quality Aligoté at a time when it’s once again finding favour amongst so many of the top producers in the Côte d’Or. Golden yellow colour and scented with apricot and peach. The palate is textured and shows great breadth of white fruits. The long, creamy finish is helped by a line of grapefruit zest on the finish. Excellent.
Wine Advocate, June 2020,
The 2018 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Clos des Monts Luisants Blanc has turned out very well, the Aligoté grape and this high-altitude site evidently making for a fine marriage with the balmy vintage. Exhibiting aromas of green apple, citrus rind and candle wax, it's medium to full-bodied, textural but incisive, with a racy spine of acid and chalky back-end grip.
Decanter, June 2020,
With renewed interest in the grape thanks to the group of producers known as Les Aligoteurs, this famous, mostly old-vine parcel of Aligoté is enjoying more of the limelight than ever. Cool, breezy and very mineral, with chiselled acidity, notes of lemon zest and green herbs, subtle oaking and a long, sappy, mouthwatering finish.
Jasper Morris MW, January 2020,
All Aligoté vines (except for one bunch of Chasselas, they ate the rest!) planted in 1911 (85%), with the rest from 1930 and 2006. It has a clean fresh nose, lively and fresh. This was the last to be picked, having survived hydric stress without becoming too ripe. There is good acidity of course but a little heaviness at the back.
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.