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Last Tasted 12/91
(I have tasted this many times though the most recent magnum came directly from the domaine, indeed Laurent Ponsot opened it). A truly spectacular nose of earth, cassis, underbrush and explosive, sexy, utterly seductive black fruit aromas lead to dense, concentrated, sappy and entirely pure flavors of incredible complexity, depth and length. This is wonderfully impressive though even from this format I would be inclined to drink this sooner than later to preserve the fruit as there is just a hint of acidity poking through on the finish. That said, this remains a genuinely great wine of reference standard caliber. Multiple and consistent notes save for one magnum that displayed noticeable brett.
Domaine Ponsot’s history begins in 1872 when William Ponsot purchased a wine estate in Morey-Saint-Denis and set up his home there. His major parcels of land at that time were the Clos des Monts-Luisants and Clos de la Roche. His nephew and godson, Hippolyte Ponsot, took over the domaine in 1920, and in 1932 started bottling his entire harvest at the domaine, a rarity for the time. Eventually the estate was passed down to Hippolyte’s son Jean-Marie, and later to Jean-Marie’s children, Laurent and Rose-Marie. Today, Rose-Marie Ponsot is the sole director of the company, seconded by Alexandre Abel. Unfettered by the latest fashions, Domaine Ponsot has always sought to express the richness of Burgundy terroir through natural cultivation practices. Human intervention is limited and only applied the vines that need it. The family’s long tradition of letting nature take the lead has produced vineyards that are in exceptional condition to this day.
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