2001 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru
2001 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru from Ponsot, Burgundy, France
It's with much anticipation that one approaches the vintage 2001 in Burgundy, a year that brought challenges to the vignerons with a temperamental growing season, yet rewarding those with vigilance and rigorous selection with wines of profound complexity and longevity. Among these, the 2001 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru from Ponsot is a compelling study in resiliency and grandeur.
Rigorous Selection, Resplendent Reward
The particularities of the 2001 harvest required astute foresight and meticulous care in both vineyard and winery. Domaine Ponsot, with its revered parcel of old vines within the storied confines of Clos de la Roche, unveiled a vintage that masterfully demonstrates its terroir-expressive philosophy. It's a wine that demands contemplation; its layers unfold with each sip, indicating an evolutionary path that is still vibrant two decades on.
Delicate Power: A Paradox of Nature
The wine glimmers with a garnet hue, suggesting at once maturity and vivacity. An alluring nose of black cherries, sous-bois, and subtle hints of rose petal prelude a palate that intricately laces power with poise. The tannic structure remains supple, framing flavours of ripe forest berries and earthy undertones with an ironclad precision. Minerality surfaces gracefully amidst this symphony, keeping the conversation between fruit and earth exquisitely balanced.
A vintage like 2001 in Burgundy speaks to the investor looking for under-the-radar excellence. Wines like this Grand Cru from Ponsot have matured with an elegance that rewards patience and proves that tumultuous conditions can beget treasures for those wise enough to invest. In the case of the 2001 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru from Ponsot, it is complexity personified—redeeming a challenging year with finesse and becoming one of the region's notable triumphs.
In conclusion, this wine showcases an investment-calibre prowess; it remains age-worthy and nuanced—a testament to the deftness of Ponsot's wine crafting amidst Burgundy's climatic capriciousness. The 2001 vintage sings not just for its provenance but also for its exceptional development in bottle—a discerning addition to any connoisseur's collection.
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Scores and tasting notes
Ponsot's 2001 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Cuvée Vieilles Vignes is going from strength to strength, and this bottle was showing beautifully, wafting from the glass with notes of red plums, smoked duck, cherries, spices, mustard seed and potpourri. On the palate, it's full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with chalky but melting tannins, tangy acids and a long, stony finish. Somewhat rustic in profile, it isn't the most elegant vintage of Ponsot's Clos de la Roche, but it's beginning to drink well today.
William Kelley - The Wine Advocate, 31 October 2018