Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: Issue 25
(the aggregate size of this holding is a whopping 3.4 ha and Ponsot is easily the largest holder in Clos de la Roche) No review available
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International Wine Cellar
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 131
($205) Good deep red. Superripe, slightly decadent aromas of red cherry, leather and underbrush. Plush, fat and large-scaled; a full-blown expression of soil, with notes of smoke and game. This boasts extraordinary sweetness for the vintage, remaining just this side of over the top. Just a hint of nut skin on the finish. Very sexy wine.
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 11/15/2010
Drink Dates: 2019-2019
Producer note: As is his usual practice, Laurent Ponsot was one of the last growers to begin picking reporting that he began on "September 29th. We had some oidium but really not too much as we treated often and I have an extremely competent team. We did do some sorting but it was really only because of the hail, not for rot. We had yields in the 30 hl/ha range, which is higher than usual for us but low for the vintage. As is my custom, I rarely taste the wines for the first 6 months after they go into barrel and when I did, I was shocked as I found them better than the '02s were at the same point in time. I have fallen in love with this vintage as it's both very pinot and très terroir. The malos were very long and slow and I have not racked them since the malos finished as I want the wines to feed off the fine lees." Ponsot's 04's are among the stars of the vintage as he has crafted an extremely strong set of wines and while one expects the Clos de la Roche and Clos St. Denis to be outstanding, this is perhaps the best Chapelle I have seen in many vintages. As to the domaine's '03s, several of them have turned out better than I originally previewed, in particular the Griotte, which is flat out terrific. (Vineyard Brands, Birmingham, AL and Atherton Wine Imports, Atherton, CA; Morris & Verdin, Goedhuis & Co., Ballantynes, Lay and Wheeler and Rare & Fine Wine Co., all UK).
Tasting note: In contrast to the aromatic expressiveness of the Chapelle and CSD, this is completely backward and even intense swirling coaxes only the most reluctant hints of stunningly complex earthy red and black pinot fruit aromas but that are completely in keeping with the brooding, intense and jaw droppingly powerful and concentrated, chewy and deep flavors that possess a finish seemingly without end. Like its stable mates, this is an exceptionally serious wine of immense depth and one that will also age for an exceptionally long time.
Tasted: Jan 01, 2006 Score: 93-95 Drink: 2019+
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Trust Rating: 90
Tasted On: 05/06/2010
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