2014 Griotte Chambertin Grand Cru
2014 Griotte Chambertin Grand Cru from Ponsot, Burgundy, France
The venerable 2014 Griotte Chambertin Grand Cru from Ponsot had a gestation marked by the vicissitudes of nature, wherein early optimism was tempered by the challenges of the growing season. Despite the hurdles presented by Mother Nature, the alchemy practiced by the house of Ponsot has again transformed adversity into excellence—a narrative that connoisseurs and investors find deeply compelling.
An Exquisite Expression of Terroir and Talent
Known for their methodological approach to winemaking, Ponsot has meticulously crafted a wine that is reflective of both its esteemed terroir and the peculiarities of the 2014 vintage in Burgundy. A cooler than average August followed by a September graced with warmth and light provided a backdrop for this vintage's unique profile, marked by its finesse and structure.
A Voyage Through Palate and Time
The 2014 Griotte Chambertin expresses a fascinating narrative of both weather and earth. Each sip unfolds layers of well-defined red fruit, piercing cherries accompanied by a chorus of subtle spice. The vintage declares its identity with an assured balance between ripeness and acidity; it promises further development, intriguing those with the patience to wait and rewarding those who choose to imbibe now.
An undercurrent of minerality and poised tannins denote longitudinal fortitude—attributes that informed investors deem invaluable. This is a wine predestined for long-term cellaring, intimating at delights that will unfurl over the next decade or more.
In conclusion, the 2014 Griotte Chambertin from Ponsot asserts its stature as one of Burgundy’s laudable creations—a testimony to what can be achieved when expert cultivation of the land meets the unpredictable theatrics of climate. A cultivated addition to any portfolio that appreciates not just a wine's inherent qualities but also its capacity for appreciation, both in complexity and value.
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Scores and tasting notes
The 2014 Griotte Chambertin Grand Cru is certainly not as immediate as that temptress, the 2014 Charmes-Chambertin. This insists upon more coaxing from the glass, more swirling to eke out those attractive scents of blackberry, raspberry preserve and rose petals, all very well defined. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, ripe, sappy red berry fruit. There is pleasant tang of sour cherry here, even a hint of licorice on the finish that has more density than the Charmes-Chambertin, if not quite the nascent "Charmes." Give it 4-6 years in bottle and then I think you might have a serious Griotte on your hands.
Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 30 December 2015