Domaine Ponsot

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Domaine Ponsot: The Importance

It is fair to say that Laurent Ponsot makes some of the best wines in Burgundy, fully exploiting a roster of some of the most profound sites. Based in Morey-St-Denis and with a long and very illustrious history, the domaine is the largest owner in Clos de la Roche and their 60-year-old vines are responsible for wines of simply staggering complexity, with layer upon layer of flavour. Robert Parker finds that “the wines from this domaine can be absolutely staggering … These are perhaps the most powerful wines in Burgundy, profoundly impressive and proven to age magnificently.” While for Allen Meadows the domaine has produced numerous “wow” wines, and driven other critics to poetic exaltations.

 

Domaine Ponsot: The Insight

Ponsot’s proprietary Grand Cru Clos St. Denis Vieilles Vignes (labelled as Trés Vieilles Vignes from 2006 onwards, since when the average vine age exceeded 100 years) has been described as “breathtakingly good” by Allen Meadows, regularly achieving superlative praise from every critic, such as Antonio Galloni, who credits the 1985 with “a multitude of aromas, flavors and sensations which mere words fail to capture,” but also commends recent vintages such as the 2008.

 

The true star of the domaine is the Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes, made from what Allen Meadows calls a “whopping” 3.4 hectare holding in this legendary Grand Cru in Morey-Saint-Denis. The 1971 got 100 points from Neil Martin in January 2016, while the 2005 vintage of this great vineyard stirred Allen Meadows to hyperbole at 99 points: “Given how many reference standard vintages Domaine Ponsot has produced of the Clos de la Roche over the years, it would be presumptuous to anoint this as the best ever but if it isn't, it will certainly take its rightful place among the very greatest,” while more recent vintages have been deemed no less promising.

 

On the slopes just above Clos de la Roche, the domaine produces the only Premier Cru Aligoté in Burgundy. Laurent Ponsot explains with justifiable pride how in 1911 his grandfather Hyppolite Ponsot planted a single hectare of Aligoté in Monts Luisants, a plot that visibly “shines” every autumn when the Aligoté leaves turn yellow. The vineyard name translates as “The Shining Hills.” While others grow Pinot Noir here to make Morey-Saint-Denis Monts Luisants Villages, Ponsot’s Morey-Saint-Denis Clos des Monts Luisants Premier Cru is a Monopole of the domaine, “truly unique, with all the same depth, interest, class and aging potential of the best of the Chardonnays of Meursault and Puligny-Montachet,” according to Clive Coates.

 

Ponsot also produces a host of Grands Crus thanks to an extensive list of domaine holdings and sharecropping relationships with vineyards in Chambertin, Griotte-Chambertin, Chapelle-Chambertin, Chabertin Clos de Bèze and Clos de Vougeot in the Côte de Nuits, as well as Montrachet and Corton-Charlemagne in the Côte de Beaune. For a preliminary foray into the Ponsot style, Morey-Saint-Denis Premier Cru and the Morey-Saint-Denis Cuvée des Grives are highly recommended, being produced for many years in Ponsot’s home village.

 

Domaine Ponsot: The Background

In terms of winemaking, Laurent Ponsot is an intellectual, an experimenter, and a risk-taker. Fruit is harvested late for maximum ripeness, though in some vintages such as 1993 this results in large swathes of the production being de-classified. When the grapes are brought in they are gently sulphured and kept under inert gas, but after fermentation they are not exposed to any SO2 at all, even at bottling. No new oak is used whatsoever for the élevage, with the youngest barrels purchased at ten years of age.

 

Innovation has always been key at Domaine Ponsot. In the 1930’s Hyppolite Ponsot worked with the Marquis D’Angerville and Henri Gouges to draft Burgundy’s current appellation system; he was also among the first to understand the importance of vine material, and the “Dijon Clones” used around the world today orgininate from his cuttings. In 1989 Ponsot became the first winery in the world to have its own website, designed by Laurent Ponsot, who remains fiercely dedicated to guaranteeing the consumer’s high-quality experience of his wines in every possible way. Since 1999 all bottles have been released with heat-sensitive ink dots on the label, designed to change colour if a bottle is subjected to extreme temperature fluctuations. More dramatically, in April 2008 Laurent Ponsot was thrust into the limelight when he received an email from a friend alerting him to the sale at auction of a 1945 Ponsot Clos Saint-Denis, which the domaine did not produce until 1982. This caused him to travel to New York City, appearing at the auction house “like Banquo’s ghost,” according to one eye-witness, and demand the counterfeit bottles be taken off sale. Ponsot has since invested in state-of-the-art anti-forgery technologies.

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2015 Bourgogne Cuvee Pinson Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

2015 Bourgogne Cuvee Pinson Burgundy

TBC

2015 Chambertin Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

2015 Chambertin Burgundy

TBC

2001 Chambertin Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

91.0

2001 Chambertin Burgundy

91.0
£3,914.00
£326.00

1997 Chambertin Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

1997 Chambertin Burgundy

£4,824.00
£401.00

1992 Chambertin Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

1992 Chambertin Burgundy

£9,719.00
£810.00

1988 Chambertin Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

1988 Chambertin Burgundy

£8,084.00
£9,181.00
DP £673.00

2015 Chambertin Clos de Beze Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

2015 Chambertin Clos de Beze Burgundy

TBC

2015 Chambolle Musigny Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

2015 Chambolle Musigny Burgundy

TBC

2015 Chambolle Musigny Cuvee des Cigales Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

2015 Chambolle Musigny Cuvee des Cigales Burgundy

TBC

2013 Chambolle Musigny Cuvee des Cigales Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

90.0

2013 Chambolle Musigny Cuvee des Cigales Burgundy

90.0
£1,055.00
£90.00

2015 Chambolle Musigny Les Charmes Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

2015 Chambolle Musigny Les Charmes Burgundy

TBC

2013 Chambolle Musigny Les Charmes Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

90.0

2013 Chambolle Musigny Les Charmes Burgundy

90.0
£866.00
£866.00
£75.00

2004 Chambolle Musigny Les Charmes Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

2004 Chambolle Musigny Les Charmes Burgundy

£653.00
DP £653.00

1993 Chambolle Musigny Les Charmes Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

91.0

1993 Chambolle Musigny Les Charmes Burgundy

91.0
£1,709.00
£164.00

2015 Chapelle Chambertin Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

2015 Chapelle Chambertin Burgundy

TBC

2013 Chapelle Chambertin Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

95.5

2013 Chapelle Chambertin Burgundy

95.5
£3,216.00
£3,216.00

2012 Chapelle Chambertin Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

94.0

2012 Chapelle Chambertin Burgundy

94.0
£2,291.00
£192.00

2011 Chapelle Chambertin Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

93.5

2011 Chapelle Chambertin Burgundy

93.5
£2,024.00
£1,013.00
£170.00

2009 Chapelle Chambertin Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

2009 Chapelle Chambertin Burgundy

£3,343.00
£3,343.00
£1,670.00
£279.00
£557.00

2008 Chapelle Chambertin Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

2008 Chapelle Chambertin Burgundy

£1,842.00
£307.00

2007 Chapelle Chambertin Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

93.0

2007 Chapelle Chambertin Burgundy

93.0
£1,683.00
£142.00

2006 Chapelle Chambertin Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

93.5

2006 Chapelle Chambertin Burgundy

93.5
£2,096.00
£1,049.00
DP £176.00

2005 Chapelle Chambertin Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

94.0

2005 Chapelle Chambertin Burgundy

94.0
£4,411.00
£367.00

2004 Chapelle Chambertin Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

2004 Chapelle Chambertin Burgundy

£1,683.00
£1,683.00

2002 Chapelle Chambertin Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

2002 Chapelle Chambertin Burgundy

£3,246.00
£271.00
DP £271.00

2001 Chapelle Chambertin Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

2001 Chapelle Chambertin Burgundy

£1,640.00
£823.00
£139.00

1999 Chapelle Chambertin Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

1999 Chapelle Chambertin Burgundy

£3,575.00
DP £298.00

1998 Chapelle Chambertin Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

1998 Chapelle Chambertin Burgundy

£1,682.00
DP £844.00

2003 Charmes Chambertin Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

2003 Charmes Chambertin Burgundy

£3,093.00
£3,093.00
£516.00

2002 Charmes Chambertin Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

2002 Charmes Chambertin Burgundy

£2,233.00
DP £2,233.00

2015 Charmes Chambertin Cuvee des Merles Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

2015 Charmes Chambertin Cuvee des Merles Burgundy

TBC

2013 Charmes Chambertin Cuvee des Merles Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

2013 Charmes Chambertin Cuvee des Merles Burgundy

£1,907.00
£1,907.00
£955.00

2005 Charmes Chambertin Cuvee des Merles Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

2005 Charmes Chambertin Cuvee des Merles Burgundy

£6,555.00
£546.00

2015 Charmes Chambertin Vieilles Vignes Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

2015 Charmes Chambertin Vieilles Vignes Burgundy

TBC

2015 Clos St Denis Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

2015 Clos St Denis Burgundy

TBC

2015 Clos St Denis Vieilles Vignes Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

2015 Clos St Denis Vieilles Vignes Burgundy

TBC

2015 Clos Vougeot Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

2015 Clos Vougeot Burgundy

TBC

2013 Clos Vougeot Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

2013 Clos Vougeot Burgundy

£3,890.00
£324.00

2009 Clos Vougeot Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

2009 Clos Vougeot Burgundy

£3,779.00
£1,890.00
£315.00
£630.00

2015 Clos Vougeot Vieilles Vignes Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

2015 Clos Vougeot Vieilles Vignes Burgundy

TBC

2013 Clos Vougeot Vieilles Vignes Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

2013 Clos Vougeot Vieilles Vignes Burgundy

£3,515.00
£1,756.00

2012 Clos Vougeot Vieilles Vignes Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

95.0

2012 Clos Vougeot Vieilles Vignes Burgundy

95.0
£2,495.00
£209.00

2010 Clos Vougeot Vieilles Vignes Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

2010 Clos Vougeot Vieilles Vignes Burgundy

£4,276.00
£2,138.00
£713.00

2015 Clos de la Roche Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

2015 Clos de la Roche Burgundy

TBC

2012 Clos de la Roche Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

95.0

2012 Clos de la Roche Burgundy

95.0
£5,095.00
£5,095.00
£849.00

2011 Clos de la Roche Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

95.0

2011 Clos de la Roche Burgundy

95.0
£4,836.00
£2,417.00
DP £2,417.00

2009 Clos de la Roche Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

95.5

2009 Clos de la Roche Burgundy

95.5
£6,483.00
£540.00

2008 Clos de la Roche Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

96.0

2008 Clos de la Roche Burgundy

96.0
£2,665.00
£1,333.00

2007 Clos de la Roche Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

95.0

2007 Clos de la Roche Burgundy

95.0
£2,216.00
£1,109.00

2004 Clos de la Roche Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

2004 Clos de la Roche Burgundy

£2,423.00
£403.00

2003 Clos de la Roche Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

2003 Clos de la Roche Burgundy

£3,812.00
£635.00

1988 Clos de la Roche Cuvee William Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

1988 Clos de la Roche Cuvee William Burgundy

£6,471.00
£539.00
DP £539.00

2015 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

2015 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Burgundy

TBC

2013 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

96.0

2013 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Burgundy

96.0
£5,974.00
£5,974.00
£2,986.00
£5,974.00
£2,986.00
£497.00
£995.00

2012 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

96.17

2012 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Burgundy

96.17
£4,307.00
£2,152.00

2011 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

95.5

2011 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Burgundy

95.5
£4,569.00
£2,285.00
£380.00
£761.00

2010 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

2010 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Burgundy

£5,902.00
£2,950.00
£5,902.00
£491.00
£983.00

2008 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

2008 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Burgundy

£2,956.00
£2,956.00
£1,477.00
£247.00
£492.00

2007 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

95.0

2007 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Burgundy

95.0
£2,383.00
£2,383.00
£2,383.00
£200.00

2005 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

2005 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Burgundy

£10,725.00
£893.00

2001 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

2001 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Burgundy

£3,258.00
£272.00

1999 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

96.0

1999 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Burgundy

96.0
£4,338.00
£4,338.00

1998 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

1998 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Burgundy

£2,204.00
£2,204.00

1995 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

85.0

1995 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Burgundy

85.0
£1,866.00
£146.00

1993 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

99.0

1993 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Burgundy

99.0
£9,779.00
£815.00
£815.00

1989 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

1989 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Burgundy

£6,152.00
£513.00

1976 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Ponsot; Domaine Burgundy

1976 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Burgundy

£6,300.00
£525.00
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