(from memory) - nose: soaring complex floral notes intermingled with pure but mellowed red and black fruit. same impressive nose as the last bottle. palate: started out rather shrill and disjoint (needed more slowox time!), with a thin mid-palate. well balanced, with good components, including pure ripe red/black fruit and nicely softened tannins. Over 4 hrs the mid-palate gap closed a bit, the wine put on some weight, and was no longer disjointed, as the components began to come together, somewhat. finish was moderately extended with decent minerality, but still seemed like a skin and bones compared to the last voluptuous bottle (same lot). consumed from restaurant burg glasses not to my liking, so what to think except bring Reidel-shaped glasses next time? slowoxed for 5 hrs
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(Domaine Ponsot Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru Charmes) This domaine has its origins in the acquisition of vineyards by William Ponsot in 1872, following his return home after the Franco-Prussian War. It remains in the hands of his descendents today. This wine has a slightly cloudy appearance, a very fine sediment suspended within, and it has a very mature, almost tawny hue. The nose is warm, with a touch of balsamic, although it comes down on the sweet, slightly volatile side rather than the overtly acetic. I like it, even though it reminds me a little of Vega Sicilia. Rich, with great substance on the palate, rounded and polished, meaty yet elegant, with good harmony. Not the vigour of the Dujac, but it remains well defined through to the finish. Long, too. Probably one of my favourites of this tasting - for current drinking, at least.