Ponsot   Griotte Chambertin Grand Cru

2009 Griotte Chambertin Grand Cru

By Ponsot

2009 Griotte Chambertin Grand Cru from Ponsot, Burgundy, France

The 2009 vintage in Burgundy has been celebrated as a year of splendid generosity from Mother Nature, endowing the region with wines of profound richness balanced by vivacious acidity. And within this pantheon of viticultural charm, the 2009 Griotte Chambertin Grand Cru from Ponsot shines with an especially beguiling light.

 

A Harmonious Ensemble of Elegance and Intensity

In my four decades traversing the vinous landscapes, few wines have delivered such an exquisitely orchestrated performance on the palate as the 2009 vintage from this iconic producer. The interference of supremely compliant weather patterns has resulted in a wine that speaks with both eloquence and volume.

An olfactory ballet pirouettes from the glass, illustrating tiers of aromas; ripe cherries, a compote of summer berries, and that ever-enticing whisper of Griotte’s signature soil-born minerality. With time in the glass, enchanting notes of rose petals, fine cocoa, and vanillin oak unfurl like crimson silk.

 

The Investment Cachet of Exceptional Vintages

The chiselled structure of the 2009 Griotte Chambertin Grand Cru asserts itself with a tannic grip softened by age yet promising further evolution. Discerning collectors are wise to consider the substantial investment merit possessed by such vintages that marry immediate gratification with the steadfastness demanded by the long-term investor.

Ponsot's philosophy marries tradition with a fierce reverence for terroir; their artistry is indisputable. To imbibe this wine is to participate in a storied tradition of Burgundian excellence—a tradition that, in 2009, has found one of its most compelling expressions.

Anchored by structure and delineated by grace, the 2009 Griotte Chambertin Grand Cru from Ponsot embodies both an engrossing immediate enjoyment and a potent trajectory for growth in value. Its complexity aligns it as a lodestar for connoisseurs and investors alike, signaling a stellar integration of place, time, and human endeavour within each coveted bottle.

Current market price

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12x75cl

Highest score

92

POP score

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Scores and tasting notes

91-94

The 2009 Griotte-Chambertin is another big, super-ripe wine loaded with dark fruit. This is almost port-like in its intensity, with endless layers of blueberries, blackberries, spices and white flowers that build towards the substantial, textured finish. The Griotte is a totally seductive wine endowed with fabulous harmony and tons of personality. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2039. This set of 2009s from Laurent Ponsot was among the finest I tasted. The wines are simply dazzling from top to bottom. Ponsot was among the last to harvest in 2009, essentially starting when most, if not all, of his colleagues already had the fruit in their cellars. The fruit was 100% destemmed and the wines were vinified in oak vats. The wines were then racked into barrel for the malos, where many of them stayed with no further rackings. There is no new oak at Ponsot. The barrels range from 5 to 50 years of age. The range now includes a head spinning eleven Grand Crus, which now total an astonishing 70% of the estate’s total production. Ordinarily I would suggest cellaring the top 2009s for a minimum of 15 years or so, but now that Ponsot is bottling all of his wines with synthetic plastic corks made in Italy it is hard to know exactly how the wines will develop. I tasted all of the 2009s from barrel, where they had been aging since finishing their malolactic fermentations. Importer: Vineyard Brands, Birmingham, AL; tel. (205) 980-8802

Antonio Galloni - The Wine Advocate, 1 May 2011

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