Ponsot   Clos St Denis Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru

1995 Clos St Denis Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru

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Dark ruby-colored, the immensely powerful Clos St.-Denis bursts with aromas of sweet, dark fruits, prunes, minerals and an incredible spiciness. Intense, refined, complex layers of red and black berry fruit, the Clos St. Denis displays a candied prune/cherry flavor that is reminiscent of such profound wines as Chateau Lafleur and Chateau Rayas (wines that are also produced from extremely old vines). I envision this spectacular, full-bodied and concentrated wine aging gracefully for 15+ years. This note is the result of tastings I did in Burgundy between January 7 and January 29. The wine was tasted from cask, not bottle. Pinot Noir, a fragile varietal, reacts poorly to fining, filtration, and careless bottling techniques, I recommend caution when considering buying a red burgundy based on cask samples. I called it as I tasted it, and hope the bottled wine reflects the quality of the samples I was provided. Importer: Vineyard Brands, Chester, VT; tel. (802) 875-2139.

Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 26 June 1997

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