A Secret No Longer: 2016 Chezeaux (Ponsot) Griotte-Chambertin

Posted by Ian McFadden

Griotte-Chambertin is one of the most elusive and smallest Grand Crus in Burgundy.

It is one of the most beguiling and elegant of Gevrey's Grand Crus, and that makes the difficulty in finding examples of Griotte painful. Just over a handful of producers even make wine in Griotte.

Chezeaux's Griotte bottling is one of the most exciting examples. As many of you know, this is one of the big secrets of Burgundy. It's made by Laurent Ponsot, one of the absolute elites of Burgundy. It's worth noting that in 2017, Laurent Ponsot announced that he was leaving his family's domaine and pursuing his own projects. Thankfully, he'll continue making the Chezeaux bottling.

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. Laurent 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.

The 2016 red Burgundies are incredibly pure and concentrated. They have an amazing transparency and appealing suave texture. In short, it's exactly the sort of vintage that you can expect Chezeaux's Griotte to be stunning. The incredibly refinement and intricate complexity will be on full display.

For a good stretch, Chezeaux's Griotte bottling was an insider's secret. Those days are long gone. The wine has blown up and become much harder to find in quantity. Our offers for the past few vintages have swiftly sold out. The 2016 is likely to disappear very quickly. Please give us your ideal order and we'll try our best.

To order, reply to offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits