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1996 Griotte Chambertin Grand Cru

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1996 Griotte Chambertin Grand Cru from Ponsot, Burgundy, France

In the pantheon of eminent Burgundian wines, the 1996 Griotte Chambertin Grand Cru from Ponsot stands as a compelling chapter in the region’s enological narrative. Having garnered decades of expertise in chronicling fine wines, I approached the 1996 vintage with an infusion of anticipation and the seasoned calm that accompanies such rarified tastings.


Refined Elegance and Intrigue: The 1996 Vintage Unveiled

The 1996 vintage in Burgundy was marked by an unusual climatic pattern which led to a relatively late harvest. This resulted in an offering from Ponsot that is imbued with a fascinating juxtaposition of robust tannins and a striking acidity - a hallmark of the year's weather idiosyncrasies. As one allows the wine to breathe, it unveils its immense structural fortitude alongside an intriguing complexity that has evolved gracefully over time.


A Tapestry of Terroir: The Precision of Ponsot’s Craftsmanship

The quintessential terroir of Griotte Chambertin presents itself with unfaltering clarity in this Grand Cru. Ponsot’s meticulous vinification techniques achieved an articulate expression of red and dark berries, layered with earthy undertones and a subtle hint of spices. It's a melody where each note is distinct yet harmonious, engaging the palate with finesse and leaving an indelible memory etched upon the sensorium.

For those maintaining a portfolio with fine wine investments, adding a focal piece such as the 1996 Griotte Chambertin Grand Cru from Ponsot is a consideration one might find judicious. Its performance over the years has aligned well with the expectations of connoisseurs and investors alike, feathering its nest within the echelons of collectability.

In essence, the 1996 Griotte Chambertin Grand Cru from Ponsot is a storyteller; it whispers tales of the season's crescendo and the unwavering devotion of its vintners. It’s a bottle that not only captures the essence of its birth year but continues to unfold its narrative with unruffled poise – an excellent proposition for those who revere Burgundy’s liquid almanac.

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I had loved the 1996 Griotte-Chambertin out of barrel, bestowing upon it a 90-93 point rating. However, in bottle it is extremely disappointing. It is ruby-colored and displays scents of blood oranges and smoke with faint hints of red fruits in the background. My notes say, "Where's the fruit?!" This wine reveals tangy berries, stones, a light-to-medium body, and the tell-tale finish of a wine that is drying out. Importer: Vineyard Brands, Birmingham, AL; tel (205) 980-8802.

Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 29 October 1999

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