- Domaine Ponsot
- Pinot Noir
- 2022 - 2035
- Case size
Goedhuis, November 2019
The high-altitude location of the vines in this vineyard allows for an elongated ripening period that gives a wonderfully savoury style. Structured, and with a classic Gevrey firmness and power, this has great intensity and longevity. It will evolve into a fine mature Pinot in a very traditional style.
Burghound, January 2020,
A mild touch of reduction pushes the fruit to the background today but I doubt it will last once the wine is racked for the bottling. Otherwise there is good richness to the delicious, velvety and round medium-bodied flavors that flash reasonably good depth and persistence on the slightly rustic finale. Drink: 2026+
Wine Advocate, June 2020,
Aromas of dark berries, baking chocolate, rose hips and warm spices introduce the 2018 Morey-Saint-Denis Cuvée des Grives, a medium to full-bodied wine that's ripe and chewy, with structure to burn and tangy underlying acidity. This should round out nicely with further bottle age, but it's clearly quite a bit more muscular than its 2017 counterpart.
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 estate has eschewed the fashion of using new oak barrels to age the wines, preferring seasoned casks which act as an “elevage” vessel rather than imparting barrel flavours. As Alexandre says “we want our wines to taste the maximum of the true fruit and terroir flavours that nature provides us with".
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.