Here Today, Gone Tomorrow:
2017 Chezeaux (Ponsot) Griotte-Chambertin

Posted by Ian McFadden

Griotte-Chambertin is one of the most beguiling and elegant of Gevrey's Grand Crus.

It is also one of the smallest and most elusive Grand Crus in Burgundy. Just over a handful of producers even make wine in Griotte. It's painful, but the truth is that there are very few examples of 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. The exciting part is that the Chezeaux label can be had for significantly less money.

We never miss an opportunity to offer Chezeaux's Griotte-Chambertin and most of you are probably familiar with how the system of métayage works. Here's a brief refresher: 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.

This is our first 2017 Burgundy offering. Compared to the powerful 2015 and 2016 vintages, 2017 has nimble, low-octane finesse. The best examples possess beautiful transparency, featherweight grace and a vibrant, subtle complexity. This is the type of vintage where the refinement and nuanced intricacy of Chezeaux's Griotte really shines.

In the past handful of years, Chezeaux's Griotte bottling has gone from an insider's secret to being blown up. The wine has become much harder to find in quantity and our offers for the past few vintages have quickly sold out. Please give us your ideal order and we'll try our best.

To order, email or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits