Domaine Ponsot, Morey Les Alouettes 2011

Ponsot seem to have nailed the 2011 vintage. The Morey-Saint-Denis Les Alouettes – made from the 1er cru Monts Luisants – is really showing well. The nose is forward offering quite refined notes of red berry fruit, plum, violets and a earthy minerality – quite sweet and ripe. On the palate rich and seductive fruit … very well balanced and pure. Love the midpalate refinement and the delicate balance … a beautiful effort.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2022) – Fine (91p) – Tasted 07/03/2014

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Photo by Frederik Kreutzer

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Domaine Ponsot, Clos de la Roche 2011

The Clos de la Roche 2011 from Ponsot is a very intense and special wine. In the nose delicate sweet almost perfumed ripe fruit with notes of forest strawberries, raspberries, liqueur … spiced with violets and a deep but discrete earthy minerality. The fruit in the nose is airy and delicate with no restraints from new oak. On the palate very ripe airy fruit …. outstanding midpalate weight and concentration …. culminating in a very balanced long finish with a very fine focusing acidity. The layers of ripe fruit infuse aromas of red berry fruit, prune and plum. A big and very special wine … with a unique balance between the rich, ripe and airy fruit and the framwork of intense minrality and crisp acidity. The sweet and ripe midpalate is currently a bit over the top for me …. nevertheless an outstanding wine.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2028) – Outstanding (96p) – Tasted 26/02/2014

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Domaine Ponsot, Clos de la Roche 1999

I really love Ponsot wines when they are open and accessible … sadly it’s somehow difficult to find the drinking window on the Ponsot wines. Quite a lot of 1999 reds are starting to show beautifully – but this is not the case with Clos de la Roche from Ponsot. The nose is quite dark and slightly introvert with raspberries, plum, tar, dark cherries and some exotic asian spices … curry! On the palate it’s quite dense and intense, but not very powerful for the vintage. It needs 5 to 10 years more in the cellar to unfold. A very fine glass of pinot … but at the moment its lacking the Ponsot magic. Drink the 2000 and keep the 2002 and the 1999 in the cellar.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2019) – Very Fine (93p) – Tasted 31/12/2013

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Domaine Ponsot, Chambolle Les Charmes 1999

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. Need five years more to unfold completely … a beautiful wine in the making.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2015) – Fine+ (92p) – Tasted 24/08/2013

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Domaine Ponsot, Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes 2000

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. Drink now – before the slightly oxidative note in the finish get more pronounced. A lovely glass of mature pinot.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink Now) – Fine 91p – Tasted 18/03/2013

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Domaine Ponsot, Clos de Vougeot Vieilles Vignes 2010

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. The tannins a finely grained but quite abundant – this wine will require at least 15 years of cellaring. A big and truly beautiful Clos de Vougeot in the making.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2028) – Very Fine+ 95p – Tasted 20/02/2013

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Domaine Ponsot, Griotte Chambertin 2002

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.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2018) – Very fine 93p – Tasted 04/10/2012

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Domaine Ponsot, Clos de la Roche 1993

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. After a little time in the glass it starts to show a little better, but in reality this wine needs 10 years more in the cellar to soften the tannins. Big potential – but will it ever soften and be charming as the fine 1988. I’m willing to give it a chance!

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2020) – Very Fine – 93p

Tasted 09/03/2012

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Sips and Samples – week 43 – 2011

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.

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WineHog rating system – articulated Robert Parker!!

Tasting and rating wine is not exact science … and therefore I prefer to use a scale that reflects that wine is a living organism and that a wine can taste like 94 points one day … and 93 the next day … depending on the moon, the glass, temperature and or my mood!

I therefore use my own rating system here at Winehog.org – a rating system inspired by some of the British wine reviewers but adapted to my view on the Burgundy wines.

The end of points

I have been using the 100 point scale for two decades, and the problems using this scale became more and more apparent during the work with winehog.org. It’s very hard .. or perhaps even impossible to truly consistent ratings with a scale like the 100 points scale.

I therefore changed to my own scale … but still translates my ratings to points … as a service to the readers who prefer the 100 point scale.

The potential is defined by the terroir

The quality or the potential of a wine is in my view defined by the terroir as the complexity and depth in the wine comes from the terroir – that’s the essence of Burgundy – and that’s why Burgundy is so interesting, intriguing and sometimes even frustrating.

It’s very important to note that only the very best terroirs can merrit a top rating. If we look at the best 1er crus – they can indeed rival a lot of the lesser grand cru wines, but it’s very rare to find a 1er cru that can merrit an outstanding rating. And while the best village wines can be fine, they are still village wines – and can almost never merrit a “very fine” rating.

Here is the winehog.org rating system:

  • Legendary
  • Extraordinary
  • Outstanding
  • Very Fine
  • Fine
  • Very Good
  • Good
  • Above Average
  • Average
  • Below Average
  • Poor

The winehog rating system – converted to points

As mentioned I have indeed used the 100 point scale for many years, and to me it feels natural but sadly also somewhat limiting for work. But as a service to the readers I normally convert the winehog rating to points or a point interval for the readers who prefer this system.

Winehog rating system with the point equivalence:

  • Legendary – (99 – 100p)
  • Extraordinary – (97 – 98p)
  • Outstanding – (95 – 96p)
  • Very Fine – (93 – 94p)
  • Fine – (91 – 92p)
  • Very Good – (88 – 90p)
  • Good – (85 – 87p)
  • Above Average – (80 – 84p)
  • Average – (75 – 79p)
  • Below Average – (70 – 74p)
  • Poor – (50 – 69p)

… enjoy the wines … and forget the points and ratings!