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2005 Griotte Chambertin Grand Cru

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2005 Griotte Chambertin Grand Cru from Ponsot, Burgundy, France

The sublime 2005 vintage from the historic vineyards of Burgundy is one whose reputation precedes itself, and the 2005 Griotte Chambertin Grand Cru from Ponsot is no exception. This particular year blessed Burgundy with ideal climatic conditions; a serene autumn followed a warm summer, ushering in grapes of exceptional quality with concentrated flavours that have majestically evolved over time.


Exemplary Provenance: A Beacon for Fine Wine Investors

With a renowned legacy for producing wines of profound complexity and longevity, Ponsot has enhanced its stature with the 2005 Griotte Chambertin Grand Cru. This wine has become a paragon for collectors and investors alike, as its scarcity and the stellar reputation of the 2005 vintage combine to create an investment piece with impressive potential for appreciation.


Refined Elegance in a Complex Bouquet

Akin to an orchestra performing a symphony, the layers of aroma in this Grand Cru harmonise the senses. Cherries, the griottes, after which the vineyard takes its name, resonate through an olfactory melody that further includes nuances of violets, sweet spices and delineated earthy undertones – a testament to the masterful winemaking synonymous with Ponsot.

The profound intensity of the palate reveals structured tannins that have softened with grace over time, offering a velvet-textured mouthfeel that bears witness to this wine's evolutionary journey. The 2005 Griotte Chambertin leaves a lingering finish, replete with resonant fruit and a minerality that speaks volumes of its esteemed terroir.

In conclusion, the 2005 Griotte Chambertin Grand Cru from Ponsot is not merely a symbol of what was an exemplary year in Burgundy, but also an emblematic statement of how nature's alchemy, combined with human artistry, can yield a wine of truly monumental character. Its balance between finesse and structure renders it a crowning addition to any fine wine portfolio. With each passing year, it cements its status as one of Burgundy's icons; its narrative intertwined with that of an unforgettable vintage known for delivering both immediate pleasure and enduring splendour.

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Ponsot’s 2005 Griottes-Chambertin displays a wonderful depth and clarity of fruit and tactile pungency of spice, with black and red cherry seasoned by nutmeg, cinnamon, and cardamom. This finishes with exuberance and a sheer juiciness that is not the forte of most of Ponsot’s wines. Chalky minerality and bouillon-like meaty richness also emerge in the end. Laurent Ponsot (like his father) vinifies to the beat of a different drummer, whether it is in his employment of a basket press from 1945, his reliance on exclusively (truly) old barrels, his aggressive pigeage, or his virtual refusal (since 1988) to sulfur the wines (nitrogen and CO2 are administered at bottling). The results are as distinctive as the methods, but also profoundly impressive and proven to age magnificently. Certainly one has to adjust to a background level of chocolate and that lack of a certain “pep” that is otherwise conveyed, MSG-wise, to wines given a normal quota of sulfur during their elevage. But after a few samples – and especially when I re-tasted these wines “cold” at 7:00 A.M. – I was fully attuned to their virtues. The alcohols in 2005 are as high as 15%, but you do not notice it, even when told. Asked when he intends to bottle, Ponsot replies “I don’t know. Maybe one or two in the Spring, maybe before the harvest, maybe afterward.” Importer: Vineyard Brands, Birmingham, AL; tel. (205) 980-8802.

David Schildknecht - The Wine Advocate, 29 April 2007

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