Domaine du Comte Liger Belair   Nuits St Georges Aux Lavieres

2012 Nuits St Georges Aux Lavieres

By Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair

2009 Clos St Denis Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru from Ponsot, Burgundy, France

In the pantheon of Burgundy's most compelling terroirs, the 2009 vintage of Clos St Denis Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru from Ponsot certainly carves itself an enviable niche. A testament to a year that was graced with a generous climate, this wine captures the essence of its origin with a precision that raises the soul.


Harmonious Complexity: A Vintage to Remember

The 2009 growing season in Burgundy, while starting on an uncertain footing with varied spring weather, converged into an almost perfect symphony of conditions by harvest. The vines, rooted in the age-old soils of Clos St Denis, benefited immensely; one can taste the whisper of warm summer days and cool, crisp evenings in every sip of this meticulously crafted potion.

From the initial swirl in the glass, this Grand Cru speaks volumes about its pedigree. A bouquet brimming with ripe cherries and blackcurrant is laced with nuanced earthy tones and a subtle hint of rose petal – it is as if one experiences the climatic idiosyncrasies and rich tapestry of 2009 in each olfactory embrace.

The palate confirms what the nose promises – here lies a succulent core of fruit draped over a frame of skilled winemaking and terroir expression. Tannins are present yet exquisitely supple, and there is an underlying minerality that threads through a long and satisfying finish. Indeed, there's an unmistakable marriage between power and elegance in this bottle – a signature characteristic that discerning investors associate with Ponsot's old vines expression.

The depth and concentration here are laudable; while already showing exceptional finesse and balance, one can envision further unfurling layers over time. As such, it holds great promise for both immediate pleasure and longevity in the cellar – attributes that resonate strongly with connoisseurs seeking out investment-grade bottles.


A Culmination for Connoisseurs

To partake in the 2009 Clos St Denis Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru from Ponsot is to journey through Burgundian history and excellence. It encapsulates not only a superlative year but also the craft of a vintner who has masterfully harnessed nature's gifts. For investors, this wine presents an attractive proposition, promising to mature gracefully whilst bolstering the diversity and prestige within an astute collection. Each swirling glass reflects back to that harmonious 2009 vintage that remains etched in vinous lore – and on our expectant palates.

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The 2012 Nuits-Saint-Georges Aux Lavières from Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair reveals a perfumed and rich bouquet of red-black fruit, dried rose petal, espresso roast and rich soil. On the palate, the wine is sapid, generous and medium-full, its tannins already melting away, its finish perfumed but a little ephemeral.

William Kelley - The Wine Advocate, 31 January 2018

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