1998 Ponsot - Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes 750ml

France - Burgundy - Cote de Nuits - Morey St Denis | Grand Cru/ Red / Pinot Noir   |     Watch

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Burghound | Rating: 91

Exquisitely complex yet rather reserved fruit with medium weight, very earthy flavors of excellent depth and outstanding length. There is plenty of structure here and superb balance overall and I very much like the overall combination of density, purity, elegance and impressive length. While this is certainly approachable now with food, it will be best with another 3 to 5 years of cellar time, perhaps a bit longer.

Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: Archive

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Customer Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 91
Author: Thanos
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 11/25/2013
Drink Dates: 2013
Domaine Ponsot 1998Clos de la Roche - Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru Red 750 ml Score: 91 Tasted: Mar 29, 2013 Drink: Now+ Issue: Tasting note: (opened from personal storage). An exquisitely complex yet rather reserved nose of mostly red berry fruit introduces medium weight and distinctly earthy flavors that offer excellent depth and outstanding length. While the structure has largely been resolved there is still some firmness to the impressively persistent finish. For my taste this has arrived on the front edge of it prime drinkability though it should hold here for years to come. I have had pretty consistent experiences with this wine save for one recent bottle that was very badly reduced, indeed to the point where it was hard to really enjoy.

Rating: 88
Author: Mark Fox
Trust Rating: 93
Tasted On: 01/25/2009
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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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