2016 Laurent Ponsot Bourgogne Rouge Cuvee des Peupliers$39.99
As many of you know Laurent Ponsot left the family domaine a few years ago after being involved for 36 years. He is now fashioning his own wines with his son Clement as a micro négociant. This seems to be the trend as of late especially since purchasing vineyards in France is out of the question unless you are a billionaire. Laurent Ponsot has lived in Burgundy all their life thus has tons of connections, so it makes sense he would have access to some of the top vineyards and fruit. Laurent’s son Clement has become an impressive wine-maker himself and between the two of them they will be a force to be reckoned with. Laurent Ponsot’s wines under this new entity are really great, but not cheap dates so when we received this deal on the Bourgogne Rouge Cuvee des Peupliers we had to jump on it.
It’s an impressive Bourgogne Rouge that drinks way above its level!
John Gilman 90+ Laurent Ponsot’s vineyard sources for his Bourgogne rouge bottling are mostly in the Côte de Beaune, with a small parcel in the village of Chambolle included. This was bottled two weeks before my visit and was really singing still, offering up a very red fruity and sappy nose of cherries, strawberries, woodsmoke, a complex base of soil and a touch of Chambolle mustard seed in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and quite succulent out of the blocks, with a good core, fine focus and grip and a long, tangy finish. This is really, really good Bourgogne rouge! (Drink between 2020-2040)