2007 Ponsot - Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes 1.5L

France - Burgundy - Cote de Nuits - Morey St Denis | Grand Cru/ Red / Pinot Noir
2007 Ponsot - Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes
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Burghound | 94-96

(the aggregate size of this holding is a whopping 3.4 ha and Ponsot is easily the largest holder in Clos de la Roche) An even more complex nose offers up a mix of both high and medium-toned aromas of mostly red berries but with a panoply of background nuances including leather, tea, underbrush, spice hints, jerky and smoke, most of which transfer to the textured, intense and precise full-bodied flavors that are, somewhat surprisingly, not quite as dense but actually finer (normally it's the reverse), all wrapped in a hugely long and explosive finish that completely coats the palate with extract, indeed so much of it that this does not seem all that structured yet it will clearly need from 12 to 15 years to be at its best. A great Clos de la Roche.

Drink Dates: 2019+
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: Issue 33

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Jancis Robinson | 19.5

I consider 2007 a great vintage for us, Laurent Ponsot told me at the end of my first tasting session in Burgundy, but for others it's very mixed.My initial impressions were certainly extremely elevated and I think only at Sylvain Cathiard was I as excited by the quality across the board as here. This wonderful wine was extremely deep crimson and much more expressive than Ponsot's Chambertin. Really complex nose already - heady and such a panoply of flavours and nuances with great balance. This wine managed to be both tense and opulent - quite an achievement. Extremely fine tannins but ethereal too with an undertow of greatness. So clean and fresh this reverberated the length and breadth of the palate.

Drink Dates: 2012-2025
Author: Jancis Robinson


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Wine Advocate | 95

Bacon fat, game, dark berries and decadent suggestions of faded lily and musky, nose-wrinkling narcissus scent the Ponsot 2007 Clos de La Roche Cuvee Vieilles Vignes. Reconvening on a finely-tannic, expansive palate, the game and smoked meat elements take precedence at least for now over the wines black fruits. But much of the sense of clarity and buoyancy as well as primary juiciness that rendered the corresponding Clos St.-Denis so thrilling return in the finish here, too, along with a persistently deep alliance of carnal and stony mineral elements. I would expect this to perform profoundly over the next two decades.

Drink Dates: 2010-2030
Author: David Schildknecht
Issue: 189

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Wine Spectator | 93

This has density and a chewy quality to its macerated cherry, licorice, mineral and spice aromas and flavors. Elegant, firmly structured and well-integrated, with a long finish of spice and mineral. Not a flattering red, but soulful and expressive of place.

Drink Dates: 2012-2024
Author: Bruce Sanderson


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Author: JEFath
Tasted On: 02/27/2014
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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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