The Chambolle Les Charmes 1999 from Domine Ponsot is really starting to show. In the nose red berry fruit – raspberries and red currant – with hints of sous-bois, truffle peelings, liquorice, iron and tar. On the palate rich and intense fruit – still slightly rustic with quite firm tannins and notes of tar. After some time in the glass more lush red fruit and more complexity. It’s very well balanced with a lovely display of Chambolle terroir. Quite impressed by the weight and intensity – and adore the complexity.… Read the full article →
The Clos de la Roche 2000 from Domine Ponsot is a lovely fully mature wine. The bouquet is open and expressive with red berry fruit and sous-bois – notes of orange and truffles. On the palate mature red fruit – quite rich and transparent for the vintage. It offer a fine complexity and a good display of terroir – but is fading slightly after some time in the glass. A typical 2000 – very harmonious but lacking a bit of focus, depth and energy.… Read the full article →
The Clos de Vougeot Vieilles Vignes 2010 from Domaine Ponsot is a sleeping beauty. The bouquet is quite closed revealing little of all the beautiful fruit that is crammed into this wine. The nose nevertheless offer some fine notes of strawberries, blue berries and pomegranate. The palate is more accessible with a beautiful fruity midpalate – the fruit is deep, cool and complex – offering rich layers of pure pinot flavors. It’s intense with a considerable weight and concentration – but still very refined.… Read the full article →
The Griotte Chambertn from Ponsot is surprisingly backward and tannic. The bouquet is somewhat closed with notes of cherries, cherry stones, fennel and a slight hint of caramel. On the palate fine concentration, tight reletively dark fruit, and quite powerful tannins. Need at least 5 to 10 years more to soften the tannins – a surprisingly backward 02. Also slightly disappointing for the vintage … rating is perhaps a notch on the high side.
The Clos de la Roche 1993 from Ponsot is a big tannic wine. It’s beginning to soften a little, and is now showing a little more red fruit. It’s a little more approachable than in 2008, where it was very youthfull, but the development is very slow.
The bouquet is now showing some sweet red fruits – raspberries and strawberries and a hint of red cherries. In some sense open, but the acidity and tar is indicating otherwise. On the palate quite a lot of acidity, tannins, and a quite tight fruit.… Read the full article →
Sips and Samples is a new format on Winehog.org. The idea is to present wines in a more informal way. This could be wines outside our areas, or wines tasted under relaxed or less than optimal conditions.
This week offered a tasting of some interesting wines. These wines were opened for a tasting the evening before, so I was tasting the leftovers approx 24 hours after the bottles were opened. Not optimal conditions … but still usefull.
I use my own 100 point rating system here at Winehog.org. Compared with other rating systems used by Robert Parker, Wine Spectator, Allen Meadows (BurgHound), I have more steps between 85 points and 100 points.
The change of the rating system is due to the need to separate the many really good and fine wines rated in the spread between 85 points and 93 points. I really like Clive Coates clear and simple terms … good, very good, fine and very fine, and has integrated these on my 100 points scale.… Read the full article →