1990 Griotte Chambertin Grand Cru
1990 Griotte Chambertin Grand Cru from Ponsot, Burgundy, France
As a wine critic blessed to nose, sip, and savour some of the world's most enchanting wines, the 1990 Griotte Chambertin Grand Cru from Ponsot holds a special place in my cellar—and in my heart. This Burgundy masterpiece exudes a tapestry of terroir expression that only Ponsot's diligent craftsmanship could capture in such a heralded vintage.
Investment-worthy Elixir: The Allure of Ponsot's Mastery
In the intricate lattice of wine investing, pinpointing those rare gems that will flourish with time is an art form. The 1990 Griotte Chambertin Grand Cru from Ponsot emerges as a quintessential example—its perfection quietly maturing over decades, promising investors the kind of returns that only such storied vintages can yield.
A Year Set Apart: The 1990 Vintage Defined
The year 1990 was a recognised period when early flowering and an uninterrupted summer endowed Burgundian vines with all they required for impeccable fruit maturity. Bringing forth wines with highly concentrated flavours and remarkable ageing potential, it bestowed upon the Griotte Chambertin from Ponsot an opportunity to express its greatness.
This Grand Cru asserts itself with a sophisticated complexity; a melange where ripe cherries interlace with hints of earth and truffle, garnished by ethereal floral notes—a sensory testament to the exquisite Griotte terroir. It demonstrates a structure both firm and finessed, an elegant frame around the palate's lavish tapestry that holds promise for future unfolding."
As for investors and connoisseurs alike, the 1990 Griotte Chambertin Grand Cru from Ponsot offers an extraordinary opportunity to possess a coveted milestone from Burgundy’s chronicle of fine wines. Its grace and depth are a liquid chronicle—imprinted with the unique signature of one sterling moment in viticulture history.
Closing Thoughts: A Legacy Captured in Bottle
To hold a bottle of the 1990 Griotte Chambertin Grand Cru from Ponsot is to cradle history—a narrative spun from the sun, soil, and season of 1990 Burgundy. This wine is a profound statement in any collection or portfolio, truly encapsulating what makes for an investable liquid asset: rarity, prestige, and aged excellence poised on the cusp of further revelation.
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Scores and tasting notes
Ponsot's terrific 1990s are his finest wines since 1980. The 1990 Griottes-Chambertin exhibits marvelous color, a beautifully pure perfume, and a stunningly opulent texture and finish. The wine can be drunk now, but promises to keep and improve for 10-15 more years. Importer: Vineyard Brands, Chester, VT.
Robert Parker Jr - The Wine Advocate, 25 June 1993