I particularly like the sense of harmony and balance. - 2012 Chezeaux (Ponsot) Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Charmes

Posted by Ian McFadden

For many years, we've been fond of offering one of Burgundy's great secrets - Chezeaux's Griotte bottling made by Laurent Ponsot.

Today, another great Chezeaux bottling made by Ponsot - the Chambolle Charmes.

To get right to the point: this is a bottle that delivers an enormous amount of value.

Ponsot is one of Burgundy's elites - Laurent Ponsot is one of the most singular, compelling minds in all of Burgundy, and his wines reflect that.

We've covered this a bunch of times in the past, but the story here is the French practice of métayage, an exchange where someone works the land owned by someone else and gives the owner a percentage of the final product. In short, 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.

I often think of Charmes as a site that delivers 1er Cru intensity with absolutely textbook Chambolle character - silken elegance and a fine mineral and floral tinged structure. It's hard not to have a fondness for the site.

Ponsot take Charmes and endows it with a punch and seductive tactile presence. This is a lavish expression of Chambolle, but also one jam-packed with nuance and finely composed harmony. This is Ponsot's genius. The 2012 takes these qualities to the extreme - it's the complete package of saturating power, dancing finesse, and exquisitely tuned balance.

I've spent a fair amount of time trying find this wine. The results are pretty meager, which is why I've limited the scope to a small list of Ponsot buyers. Still, it's a safe bet that allocations will follow. 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