Ponsot Vertical 02, 05, 10

Tasted January 26, 2021 by llink with 67 views


Zoom tasting, wines decanted into small 150 ml bottles 1 hour before the tasting. Served to the group double blind and consumed over 2 hours. No one guessed the theme, but a few got a vintage or 2 correct.

Flight 1 (3 notes)

2005 Domaine Ponsot Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
96 points
Wine 3, 2005 (my #1, groups #2)
Pure, bright red cherry fruit with a slightly detracting vitamin/medicinal element. Wow palate for me, tart, bright, glossy and energetic fruit that has complex and evolving flavors. The texture is sublime, very palate caressing without being heavy or cloying. My clear favorite.
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2010 Domaine Ponsot Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
94 points
Wine 4, 2010 (my #2, groups #3)
Deep cranberry and red cherry fruit tinged with gingerbread and an earthy element on the nose. Another lovely texture, perfectly ripe, medium full palate, subtle gentle tannins more closed than wine 3. Lots of energy and a sorbet like quality to the fruit. More structure than wine 3, and maybe a slight bitter element on the finish.
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2002 Domaine Ponsot Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
92 points
Wine 5, 2002 (my #3, groups #1)
Young for a 2002, shows clean, bright red/blue fruit, a touch plummy then a little spicy with a dose of VA on the nose. Good energy, with a glossy cherry texture but perhaps a bit lean in comparison to the others. There is a consistent "sorbet-like" element to all the wines, very pure and intense without being jammy or cloying.
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I think I’m finally starting to understand the Ponsot CdlR, after having consumed 2 cases over various vintages ranging from 97 to 2010 and never having a wow wine. After multiple tastings I cannot remember a Ponsot CdlR being voted wine of the flight when up against Dujac, Leroy, Lignier, Rousseau, Arlaud and other similarly priced wines from the vineyard.

The Ponsot wines are extremely pure and are not showy or flamboyant; there’s no new oak, there’s rarely whole cluster fermentation. . .therefore no new oak makeup or stem infused wood-based tannins that can either mask the flaws and/or provide cover for any weakness in the underlying fruit. For example, you never get a DRC or Leroy-like sandalwood element, or an overtly stemmy element like in the wines from Dujac. The nose can be fairly straightforward, bright cherry fruit . Based on my limited tastings, for me Ponsot’s signature is the texture of the wine on your palate. The texture is “sorbet-like” but not sweet, glossy rather than light and silky. You get very pure, ripe fruit, complex flavors mostly in the red fruit spectrum without excessive tannins or drying/clenching elements on the finish.

Ponsot believes great wine is made in the vineyard not the winery and strives for perfect ripeness. He is one of the last to harvest every year, and he does a strict sort in the vineyard. The fruit is mostly de-stemmed, and the wines are macerated in open top oak vats for 2-3 weeks, then placed into neutral oak barrels that are anywhere from 5-30 years old for 18 months. Ponsot strives to intervene as little as possible, he chooses not to taste his wines until April the following year after harvest to resist the temptation to help shape or create the wine.

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