Ponsot   Clos St Denis Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru

1995 Clos St Denis Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru

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1995 Clos St Denis Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru from Ponsot, Burgundy, France

Unveiling the 1995 Clos St Denis Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru from Ponsot, one immediately enters a realm where elegance and power coalesce. An interplay of maturity and exuberance is evident as soon as the cork is pulled, signaling an investment both lush in taste and historical merit.


A Vintage Speaking Volumes

The bouquet exudes a thought-provoking complexity; layers of dark cherries and blackcurrants meld with hints of earthy forest floor and delicate spices - a testament to the depth achieved by Ponsot in this remarkable year. On the palate, it whispers stories of its esteemed terroir within the hallowed vineyards of Burgundy, where old vines harness the quintessence of their environment.

This particular vintage from 1995 distinguishes itself with impeccable structure and a velvety texture that only time can foster. The balance struck between finesse and the richness of tannins underpins a profile that stands out among its peers—a trait likely to sway many fine wine investors to consider its cellaring potential with keen interest.


Terroir's Timeless Narrative

The refined complexity found in this wine is indicative of the climatic conditions that graced Burgundy in 1995. A relatively dry season led to slow ripening grapes, allowing for an alchemy that weaves intensity with delicacy - a hallmark coveted by connoisseurs and collectors alike.

The integration of robust flavors with Burgundian subtleties predicates a sensory journey - one where each sip reinforces the notion of rarity and exclusivity inherent in such a storied wine. Its lasting finish provides a resonant conclusion; one can almost discern the hushed whispers of the aged vines, recounting tales from a stellar vintage year.

In sum, the 1995 Clos St Denis Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru from Ponsot stands as an opulent tapestry woven from threads of historic vintner craftsmanship and the bounty of Burgundy - a timeless addition to any discerning investor’s portfolio.

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Dark ruby-colored, the immensely powerful Clos St.-Denis bursts with aromas of sweet, dark fruits, prunes, minerals and an incredible spiciness. Intense, refined, complex layers of red and black berry fruit, the Clos St. Denis displays a candied prune/cherry flavor that is reminiscent of such profound wines as Chateau Lafleur and Chateau Rayas (wines that are also produced from extremely old vines). I envision this spectacular, full-bodied and concentrated wine aging gracefully for 15+ years. This note is the result of tastings I did in Burgundy between January 7 and January 29. The wine was tasted from cask, not bottle. Pinot Noir, a fragile varietal, reacts poorly to fining, filtration, and careless bottling techniques, I recommend caution when considering buying a red burgundy based on cask samples. I called it as I tasted it, and hope the bottled wine reflects the quality of the samples I was provided. Importer: Vineyard Brands, Chester, VT; tel. (802) 875-2139.

Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 26 June 1997

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