This is Ponsot’sfirst among equals. The Domaine is the largest landowner in the Clos de la Roche with perfectly situated vines(almost all within the Clos itself) and some of the oldest vines (average age approximately 60 years). Clos de la Roche was expanded in the 50’s to include a range of neighbouringsites (Fremieres, Genevrieres, Mochamps, MontsLuisants, etc.) that surround the original vineyard or ‘lieu-dit’Clos de la Rocheitself. It is therefore important to understand that of Ponsot’s 3.4 hectares, 3 are within the original 4 hectare Grand Cru, Clos de la Rocheitself! Ponsot’s holdings represent ¾ of the original vineyard, which is widely considered to be the finest part of the Clos de la Roche AOC, rightly or wrongly. It is certainly it’s own terroir! It is also certain that the belief that Clos produces the best wine has relied heavily on the wines of Domaine Ponsot. How much of this quality is related to terroir and how much to the age and quality of Ponsot’s vines as well as the quality of his farming and winemaking is impossible to know. It is often hard in Burgundy to separate the quality of the grower from the quality of the terroir. Or at least the lines are blurred. The rest of Ponsot’s holdings are within the part of MontsLuisants that was once bottled and sold as Clos de la Roche (it has the same soil). Terroir aside, this wine is clearlythe reference for the AOC. To us, it is not onlyPonsot’s grandest wine, but also one of the greatest wines in Burgundy. The price needs to be viewed in this context. The notes below capture well the gravitas of this epic wine. Way too mind blowing to spit,you want to hold it in your mouth for as long as possible before swallowing. The 2013 has all of the hallmarks of genuine greatness – power, finesse, balance, complexity and length. It’s all there in spades in this magical wine.
“Don’t Miss. This is also absolutely stunning in every respect and displays a kaleidoscopic combination that is not quite as spicy as the Clos St. Denis though it is earthier and almost as complex. It is immediately clear that this is a bigger and more powerful wine that possesses outstanding mid-palate density and a huge reserve of dry extract that imparts a seductive mouth feel and mostly buffers the exceptionally firm tannic spine on the massively long finish. This is an imposing effort that is even more imposingly structured and there is no point in buying this if you’re not prepared to forget it in the back of your cellar for at least a decade, and two to three would be preferable. This is a stunner of a Clos de la Roche and it will be interesting to see which of the two Ponsot big boys is ultimately the better wine.” 94-97 points, Allen Meadows, Burghound.com, Issue 57
“The 2013 Clos de la Roche CuvéeVieillesVignes, from vines planted in 1905, has an inviting, delineated bouquet with vibrant wild strawberry, raspberry preserve and mineral notes. The palate has great tension – so suave and poised with superb symmetry and an effortless finish that I don’t think the Clos Saint Denis has at the moment. Laurent Ponsot did not disguise his enthusiasm for this Grand Cru and I could understand why.” 95-97 points, Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate #216