Domaine Ponsot, Clos de la Roche Cuvee Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru, 1986

 

Domaine Ponsot, Clos de la Roche Cuvee Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru, 1986

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Domaine Ponsot, one of Burgundy’s most revered, innovative and iconoclastic domaines. There are so many important things to note about Domaine Ponsot it is impossible to know where to start and when to finish.

This is perhaps the only historic Domaine in Burgundy to have always bottled it’s own wines (since the 1870s) and began selling wines under their own label in the 30’s.

Clonal selection also began here and Jean-Marie Ponsot provided the “mother plants” from his ancient Clos de la Roche vines for the first approved Burgundy clones – all of the so called Dijon clones were taken from Ponsot cuttings in the Clos de la Roche and as such planted widely across the globe.

They take a very individual approach, almost counter culture to that of their peers. The wine is made very naturally with indigenous yeasts, low sulphur and minimal intervention. Late harvesting, long reductive elevage for up to 30 months yet only racked once, controversially, at the 12 month mark. Zero new oak is used.

As to the wines, they are some of the greatest from any appellation, and some of the most powerful in Burgundy, whilst also being some of the most expressive of their terroir.

They are obviously not inexpensive, but they are also profound.

These bottles have excellent labels with a few small stains and fill levels are very high.