A Secret No Longer:
2014 Chezeaux (Ponsot) Griotte-Chambertin

Posted by Ian McFadden

In the past handful of years, Chezeaux's Griotte bottling has gone from an insider's secret to being blown up.

There's no doubt Chezeaux's Griotte is a very exciting discovery. It's made by Laurent Ponsot, one of the absolute elites of Burgundy. The exciting part is that the Chezeaux label can be had for significantly less money.

How can something like this happen? This bottling is a product of the French practice of "métayage" - an arrangement where a wine is made in exchange for a percentage of the final product. Ponsot makes the wine from Chezeaux's land, and in return he gets two-thirds of the production, which he bottles under his own label.

It's become clear that word is out on the Chezeaux bottling. The wine has become much harder to find in quantity and our offers for the past few vintages have quickly sold out. To highlight its rarity, I should mention that these are the only bottles currently available.

Griotte-Chambertin is one of the most elusive Grand Crus in Burgundy; it's the smallest Grand Cru in Gevrey at only 3 hectares in size. Just over a handful of producers even make wine in Griotte. It's difficult not to crave more sources of Griotte. It is one of the most beguiling and elegant of Gevrey's Grand Crus.

Griotte is one of our favorite bottlings in Ponsot's stable. While the Clos de la Roche is muscular and deep, the Griotte is lighter, brighter. It has a simply gorgeous cherry perfume and a freshness that makes the wine feel almost bouncy even while it remains satiny and very, very elegant. Texturally, Ponsot's Griotte is ultra-fine, equal parts fruit and mineral.

The 2014 vintage provides the perfect stage for Griotte to strut all of its appeal and profundity. The vintage has a beautiful transparency with gorgeous vivacity and amazing harmony.

This is a very small parcel and we'll have to make allocations. Please give us your ideal order and we'll try our best.

To order, please email us at offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits