July 15, 2021 - Extracted, intense, tannic, punchy, hot. Don’t love this modern style. More currant than cherry. Obviously too youthful right now but don’t imagine this will clean up into something more elegant or rustic or soulful. Not seeing hallmarks of the Roche vineyard in this. Sticks to your teeth. Far different interpretation from my 2019 note. Don’t care for this.
May 22, 2021 - Tenth Anniversary Magnum Celebration (Dig Wines and Piccino Restaurant, San Francisco): Magnum. Ruby. Remarkably thin feel and lack of richness for such a heralded bottle. Hugely disappointing and difficult to understand coming from this large scaled vintage. Another example of a Ponsot that was show stopping when it debuted but much less compelling later on.
April 10, 2021 - Still a baby. Big wine.
January 26, 2021 - Ponsot Vertical 02, 05, 10: 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.
August 13, 2020 - Decanted to serve. Floral, fruit forward, and spice. Polished palate but very dense and deep. Good stuff.
November 9, 2019 - Ponsot Clos de la Roche: For my palate, this bottle was still showing brutally young. It had a lot of the 05 vintage characteristic, which for me is "will it ever come around"? A good wine underneath, but still hiding.
May 21, 2019 - Very strong showing for a young wine. Floral, blueberries and plum on the nose. Perfectly balanced with great purity and a lingering finish. Will try to wait another 5 years before I open the next bottle.
May 6, 2019 - Lovely nose that had roasted tomato, dried florals, and some sauvage and underbrush above the developing red and blue berry. Surprisingly layered. The palate was textured as well. Structured, moderately developed / easing up a bit, but still ripe. Had to check the notes and the youngest Ponsot I'd ever tried was '03 (bad) and the most recent Ponsot I'd had was over a year ago (fine). These wines stir up so much controversy and polarization, plus I've never been blown away by one, so I don't collect or seek them out, but I have to say that this seemed like a pretty solid red burgundy this afternoon. Dense.
July 3, 2018 - Very good, and a step function up from the Griotte and the Chapelle drunk this week.
December 21, 2017 - Popped and drank over the course of 3 hours. This took on a number of personalities with hints of grandeur but was overall rather disjointed. Clean fruit upfront with ripe/dark profile. Similarly clean nose with good complexity, spice, floral, and even soy. At first the palate was mixed/muted with even some astringency. Filled out with time but needs to sit for much longer.