2013 Chapelle Chambertin Grand Cru
2013 Chapelle Chambertin Grand Cru from Ponsot, Burgundy, France
Traversing the esteemed realms of Burgundy's terroirs with the confident stride that only decades of vinous exploration can afford, I've yet again been afforded the opportunity to evaluate a Burgundian marvel - the 2013 Chapelle Chambertin Grand Cru from Ponsot. In a vintage often noted for its challenging conditions, this bottle undeniably stands as a testament to the adeptness with which these vignerons harnessed nature's vagaries.
An Oenological Odyssey: Investing in Liquid History
It would be remiss not to mention the climatic trials that besieged Burgundy in 2013, from a hesitant start in spring to a tumultuous summer, concluding however in an unexpected grace period during harvest. This ‘trial by fire’ has gifted the 2013 Chapelle Chambertin Grand Cru with an indisputable character - a mesh of persistence and elegance.
The Chapelle Chambertin from Ponsot greets the connoisseur with poise, revealing layers of dark cherry and ripe raspberry suffused with labyrinthine earthy nuances. The wine’s ethereal bouquet is entwined with hints of rose petals and subtle spices, an olfactory pursuit both intricate and profoundly satisfying.
Taste the Terroir: A Palate Pleasing Investment
Upon tasting, this Grand Cru enacts a sophisticated dance across the palate; its delicate tannins weave through the spectre of red fruits and an enviable structure that promises longevity. The vintage affirms its pedigree through a finish that is lingering and complex, suggesting an impressive future for those patient investors who will afford it cellar-time to reach its apogee.
Fine wine enthusiasts enticed by investment prospects should indeed note that the 2013 vintage wines hold a unique position in the market. Among them, the 2013 Chapelle Chambertin Grand Cru from Ponsot particularly shines as a beacon for those seeking wines with potential for value appreciation and savouring on special occasions alike.
In conclusion, acquiring this vintage transposes you not merely into an investor of fine wines but an arbiter of resolute craftsmanship. It encapsulates a year where adversity was alchemised into art, yielding a liquid repository of ambition and audacity, vouched not just by its prestigious appellation but by the meticulous ministrations of Maison Ponsot.
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Scores and tasting notes
The 2013 Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru (planted at the same time as the Griotte incidentally) has a very pure, mineral-drive bouquet that has a touch more delineation than the Griotte at the moment. The palate is structured and very focused: real energy and tension here with a crisp, tense finish that lingers long in the mouth. This might very well turn out to be one of Laurent Ponsot’s best 2013 Grand Crus.
Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 29 December 2014