Domaine Ponsot

Domaine Ponsot

There is history of innovation here with it being one of the first Domaines to practise estate bottling in the 1930s, and perhaps more significantly the Ponsots were among the first growers to understand the importance of clones and clonal selection - many of the most important Pinot Noir clones originate from their vineyards.

The first Ponsot on the scene was William, originally from St Romain but on returning from the Franco-Prussian war he settled in Morey St Denis in 1872 and bought vineyard land including the Clos des Monts Luisants. He was succeeded in 1920 by his cousin and godson, Hippolyte Ponsot, who was joined by his son Jean-Marie in 1942. Jean-Marie, long-time mayor of Morey, ran the business from 1958 until the early 1980s when his son Laurent, currently the man in charge, took over.
 
Right from the start in 1872 the Ponsots bottled a proportion of their own wine, although this was only for the family and their restaurants- they owned the franchise for all the station buffets in northern Italy! Hippolyte took the decision to bottle the entire production of the domaine in 1934.
 
Laurent Ponsot takes a very individual approach. He uses no insecticide or pesticide but does not call himself organic. He pays attention to the moon and the stars, and the rhythm of plant life, but would not wish to be described as biodynamic. When the grapes are, eventually, picked, they received a faint dusting of sulphur but no more is used either during vinification or maturation, or indeed at bottling, except in the case of a specific problem.
 
There is no sorting table, because any defective bunches, or parts of bunches, have already been removed in the vineyards, before picking. The healthy grapes are destalked, for the most part, and allowed to ferment whenever they wish and for as long as they wish., with punching down or pumping over being used as Laurent sees fit in a given year. Excesses of temperature are controlled but otherwise the grapes are left to their own devices, before the juice is sent to barrel: not new wood, not even young wood, but barrels which are 10 or more years old. The wines may or may not be racked before bottling, assuming the moon is suitable, at some point in the spring or summer of the second year after the vintage.
 
All this runs counter to most received wisdom and the wines remain somewhat controversial. They can lose colour rapidly after the bottling only to rediscover it in full maturity. Great vintages are usually very impressive from the start. Minor years seem weak and almost dried out at the time of bottling but freshen up amazingly later on.

Ponsot also makes Charmes Chambertin and Clos de Vougeot vieilles vignes through an arrangement with another grower.

The average age of the vines across the Domaine is 50 years old and it is this, along with Laurent Ponsot's expertise, that give these wines their power, concentration, and rich, exotic and spicy nuances.
 
Laurent Ponsot has also being playing sleuth, attempting to track down those who are manufacturing false bottles of old wine in various international markets. The issue was drawn to his attention by some impossible auction lots – great old vintages of Clos St Denis, for example, when the first vintage produced of this wine by the domaine was 1982. Unfortunately where such bottles surface is no indication of where they were fabricated. There are now ways of testing the date of the glass bottles themselves, which may help in detecting fraud even if not in catching the fraudsters.

Jasper Morris MW, Burgundy Wine Director and author of the award-winning Inside Burgundy comprehensive handbook.

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2014 Griotte-Chambertin, Grand Cru Domaine Laurent Ponsot
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2014
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2014 Chapelle Chambertin, Domaine Ponsot
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2014
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£390.00 – bottle (75cl)
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2012 Griotte-Chambertin, Grand Cru Domaine Laurent Ponsot
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2012
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2016 Clos de la Roche, Grand Cru, Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Ponsot
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2016
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1999 Clos de la Roche, Vieilles Vignes, Grand Cru, Domaine Ponsot
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1999
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2015 Clos de la Roche, Grand Cru, Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Ponsot
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2015
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2012 Clos de la Roche, Vieilles Vignes Domaine Ponsot
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2010 Clos de la Roche, Vieilles Vignes, Grand Cru, Domaine Ponsot, Burgundy
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2010
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2013 Assortment Case, 1x CC,CB,CCDB,CDR GC,C,C,CC,LM,CC,CV,CSD, Ponsot
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2013
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2011 Assortment Case of 12 Grand Crus, Domaine Ponsot
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2011
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2012 Domaine Ponsot 12bts assortment case
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2012
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2012 Assortment Case of 12 Grand Crus, Domaine Ponsot
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2015 Assortment Case, 1xC(vv),CC,CC,CDV CSD,Cbo,CBr,CCh,GC,M,2xCDR Ponsot
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2015
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2012 Corton, Cuvée du Bourdon, Grand Cru Domaine Ponsot, Burgundy
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2012
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2009 Clos de la Roche, Vieilles Vignes, Grand Cru, Domaine Ponsot, Burgundy
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2009
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2008 Chapelle Chambertin, Domaine Ponsot
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2008
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2014 Clos de la Roche, Grand Cru, Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Ponsot
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2014
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2015 Griotte-Chambertin, Grand Cru Domaine Laurent Ponsot
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2015
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2009 Chambertin, Grand Cru, Domaine Ponsot
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2009
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2009 Griotte-Chambertin, Grand Cru, Domaine Ponsot
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2009
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2009 Chambertin, Ponsot Assortment
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2009
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2009 Corton, Bressandes, Grand Cru, Domaine Ponsot
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2009
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2009 Chapelle Chambertin, Domaine Ponsot
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2009
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2013 Clos de la Roche, Vieilles Vignes Domaine Ponsot
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2013
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2016 Clos Vougeot, Vieilles Vignes, Grand Cru, Domaine Ponsot, Burgundy
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2016
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2016 Morey St Denis, Les Alouettes, Domaine Ponsot, Burgundy
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2016
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