2025 - 2045
The 2017 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Cuvée des Alouettes is also performing well from bottle, unfurling to reveal aromas of raspberries, cherries and sweet berries mingled with hints of orange rind, dark chocolate and licorice. Medium to full-bodied, supple and enveloping, it's fleshier and more concentrated than its communal sibling. Built around powdery tannins and succulent acids, it concludes with a longer, more mineral finish.
Domaine Ponsot began their harvest in the Côte de Nuits on September 6, concluding six days later, and winemaker Alexandre Abel opted to extract gently, as color and tannin came rapidly this year. The wines have turned out very well, cut from very different cloth than the immensely charming 2017s—which are revisited from bottle here. Though alcohols are not especially extreme, ranging from 13.6% to 14.1%, the 2018s chez Ponsot are muscular and structured, built for the long haul, but they remain very much faithful to both the domaine's style and its terroirs. So, congratulations are due to Alexandre Able and Rose-Marie Ponsot on another very successful vintage.