Domaine Ponsot – The Largest Landholder in Clos de la Roche
Did you ever want to taste some of the most legendary vintages from Ponsot? Well...today is the day! We have pristine magnums of the 1990 and 1993 which are arguably some of the best Clos de la Roche examples on the planet! We also have a full case of the 1999 in which was upgraded to 98 points from William Kelley. Best pricing in the country on all the wines below and you will not want to miss these gems!
"Amazing effort, even in such a great vintage" - RP98
"Words simply do not do this wine justice - RP99
"ranks as one of Ponsot's greatest recent hits" - WK98
Domaine Ponsot was established in Morey-St.-Denis in 1872 by William Ponsot. At that time, the major parcels of land owned by the family were Clos des Monts-Luisants and Clos de la Roche, although they cultivated fruit from other appellations. Over the generations, the family purchased even more land in Clos de la Roche as that plot has always been the heart and soul of the Domaine (Clos St-Denis did not come along until 1905). In fact, when the Domaine was managed by Jean-Marie Ponsot in the 1960s, Jean-Marie was one of the pioneers of clonal selection of Pinot Noir. Many of the most respected Pinot Noir clones were selected from the estate’s Clos de la Roche vines and those are still the ones used today.
1990 Clos de la Roche
"This is a prodigious effort. Given recent perplexing offerings from this producer, it is amazing how phenomenal Ponsot's wines can be. The 1990 exhibits a deep, dense, murky, ruby color as well as an explosive nose of gravel, spring flowers, and black and red fruits. Extremely rich and full-bodied, with spectacular concentration, an unctuous texture, and an extraordinarily long finish, this wine remains youthful, but its fat and succulent texture are hard to resist. It should age effortlessly for another 10-15+ years. This is an amazing effort, even in such a great vintage!"
98, Robert Parker
1993 Clos de la Roche
"Ponsot's Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes may turn out to be a perfect wine. It requires 6-7 years of cellaring and will last for 25-35 years, rare indeed for modern day red Burgundy. It possesses an extract level rarely seen today in Burgundy. It is awesome, compelling, profound, and da da da da da.... Words simply do not do this wine justice. Take the 1990, build on the concentration level, and what you have is the 1993. Perhaps it is not economically viable to make wines from such low yields, but this is what great wine-making is all about. It is a shame so few people will ever have the opportunity to taste it."
99, Robert Parker
1999 Clos de la Roche
"This was a magical bottle of the 1999 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Cuvée Vieilles Vignes, a wine that's just beginning to hit its stride as it approaches its 20th birthday, unfurling in the glass with aromas of red berries, cassis, dark chocolate, cinnamon, dried rose petals and orange rind. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, deep and immensely concentrated, with a broad attack, lovely acids and a formidable reserve of creamy old-vine fruit, structured around a chalky chassis of tannin that evokes the great old Burgundies of yesteryear. Concluding with a long and expansive finish, this is still a young wine, and another two decades of aging won't be a problem. But it's now clear that this ranks as one of Ponsot's greatest recent hits—and one of the high points of this reputed vintage."
98, William Kelley