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2008 Nuits St Georges Aux Lavieres

By Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair

2005 Clos St Denis Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru from Ponsot, Burgundy, France

The enchanted realms of Burgundy perennially speak through their wines, tales of both past and present, painted across a palette of terroir and time. A pinnacle of such storytelling is the 2005 Clos St Denis Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru from Ponsot, a vintage that unearths the quintessence of its celebrated climat.


Eloquence in a Glass: The Majesty of a Distinct Vintage

The year 2005 proved to be an extraordinary one for the vignerons of Burgundy, where benevolent skies graced the vines with optimal conditions, culminating in a harvest that exuded balance and profundity. In the glass, the 2005 vintage is a vivid reflection of this excellence. The maturity of Ponsot's old vines wielded fruit of unrivaled depth, converging on a grand cru with pronounced structure and an aristocratic complexity typically reserved for wines in their ochre days.


Investment Potential Lore

The ageing potential of the 2005 Clos St Denis Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru from Ponsot whispers of unwavering promises. Distinguished investors regard this vintage as one to secure in their cellars, with an anticipation akin to reaping fruits from vines one nurtures; watching their narrative unfold through the decades is an exquisite privilege.

Drawing on forty years of claret-soaked knowledge and vinous escapades, I discern in this potion of Ponsot a ballet of dark cherries and earthy whispers of truffle on the palate. Hints of darker berries joust lightly with subtle tannins while a symphony of spices enchantingly plays out a durable finish—a captivating testimony to its exquisite elevation and meticulous vinification.

Proficient collectors harnessing foresight into the future value and allure will find that the 2005 Clos St Denis Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru from Ponsot stands as a fortuitous beacon within the nexus of fine wine investment, magnified by Burgundy's unwavering spotlight.


Conclusion: Capturing Essence and Expectation

In sum, the 2005 Clos St Denis Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru from Ponsot encapsulates a chapter of Burgundy's illustrious history where nature conspired to delight. With each swirl and sip, one uncovers layers resonant with finesse that only come from exceptional years. An indispensable addition for discerning connoisseurs aiming to intertwine pleasure and prudence within their portfolio.

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The 2008 Nuits St. Georges Aux Lavieres might have an edge over the 2007 in the long-term. Even though it is more reticent on the nose and the oak more prominent, I suggest affording this 5 to 6 years and you will have a lovely, mineral-rich, citrus-driven bouquet. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly chewy tannins, fleshier than the 2008 Les Cras, but it fans out more convincingly toward the sorbet-fresh finish. Superb. I will be covering Louis-Michel’s highly praised; elusive and expensive wines in future issues of The Wine Advocate. But for now, in October I attended a fascinating tasting of older vintages to glean how they age. Certainly, these wines are imbued with a citrus freshness that verges of sorbet-like with some wines. They clearly go out to impress and impress they do. What these wines refuse to do is short-change the Burgundy-lover apropos perfume or flavor; they willingly go out there to satisfy the senses. They also appear to age slowly and gracefully, and I suspect most of these will reach their plateau after around a decade in the cellar.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 29 December 2013

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