2015 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru
2015 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru from Ponsot, Burgundy, France
In the world of fine Burgundy, the 2015 vintage holds a distinguished reputation for harmony and abundance. The season was graced with elements that every vintner dreams of: an early bloom, seamless fruit set, and a dry, sunny summer that culminated in impeccably ripe grapes. It is within this context that the 2015 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru from Ponsot distinctly shines.
An Oenophile's Journey through Ponsot's Mastery
Delving into the glass of Ponsot's grandeur, one finds a symphony of sensorial delight. The rich tapestry of the wine begins to unfold with an intricate bouquet that teems with ripe cherries, blackberries, and an undercurrent of earthy forest floor – a testament to its old vines’ concentration and the organic viticulture from which they benefit. On the palate, the 2015 vintage is both powerfully structured and exquisitely balanced; muscular yet poised with a velveteen tannin profile that assures longevity.
A Paragon for Savvy Investors
The 2015 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru promises not only an enraptured tasting experience but also a stoic assurance for investors. As wine aficionados well know, Ponsot is a name synonymous with unwavering quality and traditional winemaking values in Burgundy. This particular bottle encapsulates not just a fruitful year but reflects the very essence of Ponsot – its allegiance to quality over quantity and its reflection of pure terroir.
Fine wine investors seeking out exceptional Burgundian reds will find the 2015 vintage from this esteemed estate to be a remarkable acquisition – one whose intrinsic value extends beyond the sensory pleasure and into the realm of judicious wine investment. Its storied provenance and exemplary manifestation of the illustrious Côte de Nuits terroir affirm this Grand Cru’s position as one of singular allure.
In summation, the 2015 Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru from Ponsot embodies a masterclass in Burgundian virtuosity; a splendid addition to any discerning cellar and portfolio alike.
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Scores and tasting notes
The 2015 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Cuvée Vieilles Vignes continues to show very well, and as it settles down in bottle, the tangy acids that underpin its ripe, sun-kissed fruit are becoming more apparent. Aromas of red berry compote, plums, blackberries, dark chocolate and peonies introduce a full-bodied, powerful wine with considerable mid-palate amplitude, structured around fine-grained tannins that are coming to the fore now that this Clos de la Roche it tightening up in bottle—though they remain largely cloaked in the wine's lavish core of fruit. It's an excellent wine, and I see no reason to alter my score or drinking window given earlier this year.
William Kelley - The Wine Advocate, 31 October 2018