2007 Griotte Chambertin Grand Cru
2007 Griotte Chambertin Grand Cru from Ponsot, Burgundy, France
The distinguished 2007 vintage of Griotte Chambertin Grand Cru from Ponsot presents itself with a majestic yet subtle alchemy that only a true connoisseur can appreciate. This exquisite vintage is the embodiment of meticulous viticulture and enlightened winemaking, encompassing the depth of Burgundy's terroir.
A Vintage that Speaks of Time and Place
Burgundy, hailed for its intricate tapestry of vineyards, granted the 2007 vintage with enough climatic challenges to sculpt wines of character and longevity. The 2007 Griotte Chambertin Grand Cru from Ponsot particularly reflects these attributes; a year that shaped a wine with admirable balance, elegance and poise.
Even at this stage in its life, the 2007 vintage exudes a vibrant robe of deep garnet, proffering an olfactory symphony where notes of dark cherries, earthy underbrush and sensual spices harmonise. As you indulge in this wine, it unfurls with a complexity on the palate that speaks volumes about its storied ancestry. Layered textures caress the taste receptors with an amalgam of ripe red fruits and tannic backbone, ensuring that each sip lingers as a profound memory.
Aligning Investment with Oenological Brilliance
Integrating the noble aspects of viniculture and the astute perspective on fine wine investment, the 2007 Griotte Chambertin Grand Cru from Ponsot represents a prudent addition to any discerning investor’s portfolio. This Grand Cru has reached a venerable point in its evolution— offering immediate gratification yet promising further development for years to come.
Mature yet marvelously spirited, this Ponsot creation showcases not just the triumphs of an exceptional domaine but also encapsulates the storytelling prowess of nature herself through the medium of Burgundy's diverse climates. As each bottle opens up, it whispers tales of the vintage's unique journey from vine to cellar.
In sum, whether approached with an eye towards oenological pleasure or investment potential, the 2007 Griotte Chambertin Grand Cru from Ponsot offers a rare narrative—a narrative spun in the heart of Burgundy's mythic vineyards and etched into the essence of what many consider to be enological artwork. A bottled historiography indeed.
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Scores and tasting notes
A striking nose of dark plum and fresh berries, bacon fat, and black tea in Ponsot’s 2007 Griotte-Chambertin has its direct counterpart on a polished, expansive, sappy palate that leads to an arrestingly gripping yet at the same time uncannily buoyant finish. Persistent smokiness, berry tartness, animal savor, palpable underlying chalkiness, and saliva-inducing salinity make for compelling complexity and inducement to take the next sip. Look for 12-15 years of excitement here, if not more. I asked Laurent Ponsot what he though were the critical factors in avoiding the prevalent pink, under-ripe grapes scattered within the clusters of 2008 vintage Pinot Noir, whose undesirable flavors were bound to have concentrated under the influence of late September wind right along with those of the properly ripe berries. “First of all,” he replied, “you had to prune correctly, which is the beginning of everything – like being in front of a piece of wood or stone as a sculptor and beginning to carve a statue. It’s artistic – not simply something that will determine how many grapes (you end up with). After that, you focus on working with and not in opposition to nature’s cycle. Why are we always the last in Burgundy to pick their grapes? It’s because we pick on time.” In the case of 2008, that meant commencing on the eighth of October; and Ponsot’s 2007s – which taste as though they must come from a completely unfamiliar not to mention remarkably great vintage – were not picked until after the middle of September. “I wasn’t sure in early tastings,” says Ponsot about his 2008s, “that all of the elements would fit together into something harmonious.” For the most part, though, they have – at least, based on my tastings from a range of barrels in late winter. With regard to the distinctively delicious and atypical personality I discovered in Ponsot’s 2007s, readers should bear in mind that he employs some of the lowest levels of sulfur in Burgundy, so there’s no pepping-up going on here by means of dosage, which is seldom employed at all! I couldn’t help thinking as I tasted them: was this much excitement really implicit in 2007 generally and somehow the opportunity to capture it was missed at more than 90% of the addresses where I taste? Incidentally, the big news at Domaine Ponsot last year – although, Laurent Ponsot’s choice of synthetic closures for future bottlings and his remorseless pursuit of forgers and security justifiably made headlines – was that there will be Corton, Corton-Bressandes, and Corton-Charlemagne here beginning with vintage 2009. Importer: Vineyard Brands, Birmingham, AL; tel. (205) 980-8802
David Schildknecht - The Wine Advocate, 28 June 2010