Ponsot   Clos St Denis Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru

1996 Clos St Denis Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru

By Ponsot

1996 Clos St Denis Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru from Ponsot, Burgundy

As the corks are eased from their two-decade slumber, the 1996 Clos St Denis Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru from Ponsot heralds a masterful exposition of Burgundy at its most compelling and complex. Captivating the discerning connoisseur with its intricate layers, this venerable expression is a testament to the vintage's tenacity and Ponsot's deftness.


A Vintage Defined by Refined Elegance

The 1996 Burgundian season distinguished itself through an often capricious climate which, against all odds, culminated in wines of exquisite structure and longevity. This is particularly evident in Ponsot's Clos St Denis, where the Vieilles Vignes—some dating back to the beginning of the 20th century—have translated the climatic dance of '96 into a ballet of intense fruit and elegiac ageability.

This Grand Cru reverberates with a precise harmony of ripe cherries and earthy underbrush, married seamlessly with whispers of spice and mineral nuance. In the glass, these elements converge into an opulent yet impeccably balanced whole—a chiaroscuro of Old World poise that underscores the unique challenges and triumphs of the year.


An Investment in Liquid History

Beyond its profound sensory appeal, the 1996 Clos St Denis Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru from Ponsot stands as a paragon for fine wine investment. Its provenance from one of Burgundy's enduringly esteemed producers ensures that its allure extends well beyond its enigmatic bouquet and into the realm of tangible asset appreciation.

In an era where wise acquisitions can define a connoisseur’s portfolio, this vintage represents an extraordinary piece to any serious collection. With its luminous grace and substantial cellar potential, it resonates as an intelligent addition to any investor’s stockpile—a bottle charged with the energy of its storied terroir and rich in vinicultural significance.

The conclusion is simple: for those who seek to hold a piece of Burgundy's heart and history, the 1996 Clos St Denis Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru from Ponsot is an essential acquisition; it encapsulates what can only be seen as a symphony of viticultural resilience crafted into finesse by the hands of time and expertise.

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This medium-to-dark ruby/blue-colored wine was harvested at 16 hectoliters/hectare, and was produced from 80 year old vines. Its profound aromas of cassis dusted with freshly cracked black pepper give way to a dense, medium-to-full-bodied, and powerful personality. Black cherries, sauteed wild mushrooms, earth, and fresh herbs can be found in its velvety-textured flavor profile and its admirably long and supple finish. Anticipated maturity: 2002-2008. Importer: Vineyard Brands, Birmingham, AL; tel (205) 980-8802.

Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 30 August 1998

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