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 750mL bottles of the 2005 which are arguably some of the best Clos de la Roche examples on the planet! Best pricing in the country on all the wines below and you will not want to miss these gems!
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
2005 Clos de la Roche
"All the superb and dramatic complexity that this displayed from barrel has made it into bottle as an extremely ripe and fantastically broad nose soars from the glass, merging seamlessly into dense, pure rich and powerful flavors that are opulent, sweet and dripping with so much extract and sap that the combination stains and saturates the palate on the hugely proportioned yet impeccably balanced finish that is so long that it doesn't seem possible. Given how many reference standard vintages Domaine Ponsot has produced of the Clos de la Roche over the years, it would be presumptuous to anoint this as the best ever but if it isn't, it will certainly take its rightful place among the very greatest. In sum, a 'wow' wine that makes you shake your head in sheer amazement. However be aware that this is a buy and forget wine as it will require at least 15 years to shed its considerable tannins and it will see 50 years without difficulty."