1996 Ponsot - Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes 750ml

France - Burgundy - Cote de Nuits - Morey St Denis | Grand Cru/ Red / Pinot Noir
1996 Ponsot - Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes
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Burghound | 91

In contrast to some of the Ponsot '96s the Clos de la Roche is really quite good with lovely aromatic complexity on the fully mature yet still vibrant and fresh red berry fruit, spice, earth, game and smoke hints. The is reasonably good density in the context of a vintage that produced any number of lighter wines and the old vines clearly show as the phenolic maturity of the remaining tannins is much better than the average '96, all wrapped in a delicious and solidly long finish that displays only a trace of acid tang. Tasted several times with mostly consistent notes.

Drink Dates: 2013+
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: September 18th, 2013

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Wine Spectator | 90

Delicious, vibrant, pure blackberry and raspberry character blends nicely with smoky, toasted aromas. Elegant and medium-bodied, with smooth tannins, this a delightful, well-made '96. Long finish. 980 cases made.

Drink Dates: 2003-2012
Author: Per-Henrik Mansson


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Score: 91
Author: Thanos
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 11/25/2013
Drink Dates: 2013
Domaine Ponsot 1996 Clos de la Roche - Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru Red 750 ml Score: 91 Tasted: Sep 18, 2013 Drink: Now+ Issue: Tasting note: In contrast to some of the Ponsot '96s the Clos de la Roche is really quite good with lovely aromatic complexity on the fully mature yet still vibrant and fresh red berry fruit, spice, earth, game and smoke hints. The is reasonably good density in the context of a vintage that produced any number of lighter wines and the old vines clearly show as the phenolic maturity of the remaining tannins is much better than the average '96, all wrapped in a delicious and solidly long finish that displays only a trace of acid tang. Tasted several times with mostly consistent notes.
Score: 91
Author: Mark Fox
Trust Rating: 95
Tasted On: 03/04/2012
very nice but not great
Score: 90
Author: RDV
Trust Rating: 94
Tasted On: 10/17/2010
More Vintages and Sizes of Ponsot - Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes:

2005 (750ml)
1995 (750ml)

About This Producer


Domaine Ponsot has been a top producer and catalyst for innovation in Burgundy since 1872. After the Franco-Prussian War, William Ponsot settled in Morey-Saint-Denis, bought a vineyard, which included the 1er Cru monopole Clos des Monts Luisants and a parcel of Clos de la Roche, and began producing wine. In the 1930s, Williams's nephew Hippolyte was among thebottled first producers in Burgundy to practice estate bottling, and took part in founding the A.O.C. classification. In the 1960s, Hippolyte's son, Jean-Marie, was one of the pioneers of clonal selection of Pinot Noir. In fact, many of the most important Pinot Noir clones originate from mother vines in Ponsot's vineyards.

Today, under the control of Laurent Ponsot, the domaine produces wine from tiny yields and using no new oak, a regime that has been referred to as "perennially inconsistent." To this critique, Laurent says, "We are lazy, we don't interfere with nature. My aim is to express the vintage and the terroir through my wines, not to express myself. Some people say we are inconsistent. To me this is the greatest possible compliment."

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