2006 Ponsot - Griotte-Chambertin 750ml

France - Burgundy - Cote de Nuits - Gevrey Chambertin | Grand Cru/ Red / Pinot Noir   |     Watch

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Burghound | Rating: 91

(from a .90 ha parcel) A seductive and wonderfully airy nose of black cherry and raspberry also displays a much more discreet hint of reduction that merges into rich, full and sweet flavors that offer good detail and fine intensity, culminating in a textured, long, stylish and mouth coating finish where the dryness it displayed from cask has completely dissipated. Note that in contrast to the Alouettes, the reduction is quite minor and a brief decanting should be sufficient.

Drink Dates: 2016+
Author: Allen Meadows
Issue: Issue 33

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90-93

Good deep red-ruby. Sexy, carnal aromas of blackberry, iron and mocha. Broad, dry and minerally, with impressive intensity of flavor for 15-year-old vines. Strong earth tones of mocha, brown spices and rust. This is also surprisingly creamy but the mineral edge gives it shape and grip. Finishes broad, long and aromatic, with somewhat dusty tannins. Ponsot says that today's plants can "reach the real terroir," by which he means can descend about seven meters, in as little as seven years.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 137

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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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