Ponsot: Over a Decade of Age and 50% Off

Posted by Ian McFadden

Purity and Muscle
2001 Ponsot Clos de la Roche VV
Back-Vintage Ponsot Grand Cru Steal

It is math that doesn't make any sense: Over a decade of cellaring and well over 50% LOWER than the current vintage.

Ponsot's Clos de la Roche is one of the great wines of Burgundy. And pricing reflects this. The epic back-to-back 2010s and 2009s command $600-$700. The 2005 is quickly becoming a four-digit proposition.

This is a steal in blue-chip Grand Cru Burgundy from one of the most acclaimed winemakers in Burgundy, Laurent Ponsot.

Ponsot's 2001 Clos de la Roche is a wine that has grown in stature and reputation with each and every passing year. If the muscularity of the vineyard and the angularity of the vintage shaped a young Clos de la Roche that was fierce, time has brought this wine into perfect focus/balance.

This is just entering the sweet-spot, a Clos de la Roche that is beginning to reveal a broad and complex medley of red/black fruit, mineral and earth. The mid-palate is forceful and sappy with a very fine texture and great precision. Two words sum it up: purity and muscle.

Clos de la Roche is the kingpin of the Ponsot stable; a great Clos de la Roche is deep and complex, with rich fruit pulled tautly over a formidable architecture. The magic of Ponsot is taking such a muscular, masculine wine and shaping it into something so elegant - especially with time.

And while the domaine owns over 3 hectares, these are wines that tend to disappear from the market after a few years.

At this point, there is no doubting that Ponsot must be put on the "short list" of great Côte de Nuits producers, right there with the likes of Bachelet, Dujac, Roumier, and Rousseau.

While the current-vintage pricing for Ponsot has risen sharply since the 2009 vintage, for the moment it has yet to significantly "pull up" back-vintage pricing. But this will change.

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

Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

Compare at $280+

Burghound: "Classic ruby with no bricking. A highly complex and nuanced nose of red and black cherry fruit aromas nuanced by spice, damp earth and game notes leads to medium weight, sappy, refined and intense flavors that display outstanding precision and superb length. This is ripe, pure and finishes with a very appealing stony quality to complement the outstanding persistence. For my taste, this has reached a stage where it could be drunk now with pleasure or held for up to another 2 to 5 years first. A really lovely and harmonious effort. Consistent notes."

2001 Ponsot Clos de la Roche is pre-arrival
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