Ponsot   Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru

2011 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru

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2011 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru from Ponsot, Burgundy, France

The 2011 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru from Ponsot is a remarkable testament to the resilience and adaptability of Burgundian viniculture in a year of contrasts. Characterised by erratic weather, 2011 imposed a challenge, met with exceptional skill and commitment at Ponsot.


An Exemplary Rendering of a Demanding Vintage

The 2011 season brought forth unanticipated early flowering followed by a somewhat tumultuous summer. However, the savoir-faire at Ponsot circumvented these climatic hurdles to gift investors and connoisseurs with a wine expressing both refinement and robustness.

Famed for old vines that confer complexity and depth, the terroir of Clos de la Roche is meticulously rendered in this grand cru. The 2011 vintage exemplifies the harmonious counterpoint between opulent fruit and precise structure. Layers of dark cherry and ripe plum are subtly veiled with smoky earthiness and intricate spice nuances, rooted in silky tannins that suggest beautiful ageing potential.


Finessed Investment Potential

For investors considering judicious additions to their portfolios, the 2011 release from Ponsot offers an exquisite opportunity. It stands as an embodiment of Burgundian tenacity and flair — a vintage that triumphed over climatic capriciousness through masterly cultivation and vinification.

With each passing year, this grand cru gains further intricacy, making it an engaging prospect for future enrichment—both gustatory and financial. The balanced interplay of fruit, earthiness, acidity, and tannins presages longevity lain with grace.

In summary, the 2011 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru from Ponsot emerges as a distinguished embodiment of this hallowed plot within Burgundy's viticultural panorama. Inherently approachable now yet brimming with investment-worthy maturation aptitude, it unquestionably merits consideration for those looking to diversify their fine wine assemblage with a standout vintage poised for admirable evolution.

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Tasted blind at the Burgundy 2011 horizontal tasting in Beaune. Laurent Ponsot’s Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes '11 is reticent at first and demands coaxing, although it repays the patient imbiber with lively floral scents that are entwined with strawberry pastilles and cranberry. The palate is medium-bodied with a fleshy and almost corpulent entry, at least for a 2011 Côte de Nuits. There is admirable depth here with fleshy strawberry and red cherry notes infused with fennel and sage. It lingers for a very long time, which is quite unusual for this vintage. While it needs another few years to completely coalesce, it will be worth the wait.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 29 November 2014

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