Domaine Ponsot Clos de la Roche Vielles Vigne Cote de Nuits FR 2018
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Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes
Grand Cru Red 750 ml
Score: 97 Burghound
Tasted: Jan 10, 2021
Note: the aggregate size of this holding is a whopping 3.4 ha and Ponsot is by far the largest holder in Clos de la Roche
Producer note: This year I again met with Rose-Marie Ponsot and winemaker Alexandre Abel, who noted that 2019 is a "really beautiful vintage that gave us superb raw materials that were both clean and ripe to work with. We picked from the 17th to the 27th of September and there really wasn't much sorting required as the fruit had few imperfections. Yields though were definitely on the low side due mostly to a troubled flowering and the hot and very dry summer. We were down around 30% overall and the Clos de la Roche came in at 22 hl/ha. There were no problems with the vinifications, in fact they were easy to manage as the level of extractability was quite high. The malos also completed without any difficulties and the post-malo pHs averaged right at 3.3, which is surprising considering how warm the summer days were, especially when there were two periods, one in June and another in July, where temperatures hit 40° C (104° F). Regarding the wines, they are wonderfully fresh and refreshing with excellent terroir transparency. Everyone should like them for the simple reason that there's nothing to dislike." I also had the chance to review three in-bottle 2018s that were put there between March and July 2020. (Vineyard Brands, www.vineyardbrands.com, AL, USA; Goedhuis & Co., www.goedhuis.com, The Rare & Fine Wine Company Limited, www.therareandfinewinecompany.com, Berkmann Wine Cellars, www.berkmann.co.uk and Lay & Wheeler, www.laywheeler.com, all UK; Altaya Wines, www.altayawines.com, Kerry Wines, www.kerrywines.com, both Hong Kong; SAQ, www.saq.com, Montreal, Halpern Wine Company, www.halpernwine.com, LCBO, www.lcbo.com, Ontario, all Canada).
Tasting note: A brooding and almost grumpy nose only grudgingly gives up its aromas of poached plum, warm earth, smoked game and once again, plenty of spice nuances. The velvety and opulent big-bodied flavors brim with an abundance of dry extract that imparts a seductive mid-palate mouth but also serves to buffer the remarkably firm tannic spine shaping the powerful and hugely long finish where the only nit is a suggestion of warmth. This is a fantastic but seriously imposing wine with the structure to match so this is one to buy and forget you own it. In a word, brilliant.