2016 Laurent Ponsot Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Charmes Cuvee du Tilleul$189.99
EFW!-Here we have a wine from Laurent Ponsot's new venture after leaving Domaine Ponsot. This is a family endeavor and while it isn’t a domaine or a maison the wines here see the same quality and attention to detail that Domaine Ponsot would have. Laurent is using his artistic freedom, something that wasn't able to be expressed as fully under the tradition of the previous Domaine and you can tell from his new label that he doesn't want it to be confused. Laurent has given a special name to all of his cuvees based upon nature and the Charmes 'Cuvee du Tilleul' is named after a lime tree. These are great wines and they have only just started to come to the US right now with currently only a few vintages under their belt and are the ultimate expression of the wine genius of Laurent Ponsot.
John Gilman 93 points! "Long-time fans of this bottling from Domaine Ponsot are going to be very happy with the 2016 version from Laurent, as this wine has not changed its stripes at all with the relocation from Morey to Gilly for its elevage. The wine is deep, pure and sappy, offering up scents of black cherries, plums, gamebird, chocolate, a fine base of soil tones and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and nascently complex, with a plush core of fruit, fine focus and grip and a long, well-balanced and seamlessly tannic finish. Fine juice.
Allen Mewdows 90-93 points! "Here too there is a note of menthol along with evident wood, something that is highly unusual for a classic Ponsot wine. To be fair, neither is enough to overshadow the ripe nose of red berry fruit liqueur-like aromas that are cut with hints of plum and violet. The sleek, delicious and energetic flavors are at once muscular yet refined while offering excellent length on the relatively powerful and firmly structured finish. Good potential here."