2019 Clos de Vougeot "Cuvée Vieilles Vignes"Grand Cru AOC, Domaine Ponsot
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
Aromas of cassis, peonies, sweet spices, orange rind and plums preface Ponsot's 2019 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru, a full-bodied, muscular and concentrated wine that's rich and powerful, with plenty of powdery tannin and deep reserves of lively fruit. Five barrels were produced, from one parcel in the lieu-dit Petit Maupertuis and another located below the Château de La Tour. Domaine Ponsot started picking on September 20, and winemaker Alexandre Abel reported yields some 35% to 40% below average, with alcohols in the 14s and healthy pHs at around 3.3. Yet while alcohols in 2019 were if anything higher than in 2018, the 2019 wines are more elegant, with livelier fruit tones and less overtly muscular structure. That's not a criticism of the 2018s, however, which we revisited from bottle, confirming that they are wines that will require patience: interestingly, the most put-together of the range was the Clos de la Roche, a cuvée that was bottled last, in July 2020, and which certainly seemed to have profited from the longer élevage.
Fruit purchased from Petit Monpertuis and Quatorze Journaux, which is destemmed, gently fermented and aged in used casks to produce a wine with aromas of dark plummy fruit and fresh violets. The texture is rich, with extract and powerful tannins, yet the wine is still very elegant and shows a lovely finesse on the lingering finish.
|Grape variety||Pinot Noir|
|Bottle size||0,75 l|
|Bottle cap||Natural cork|
|Quality level||Grand Cru|
|Alcoholic content||13,5% vol|