Domaine Ponsot Cuvée du Bourdon Grand Cru, Corton
First vintaged in 2009, the Cuvée du Bourdon ('cuvée of the bumblebee') Corton is one of the four most recent Grand Crus in the Ponsot line up and routinely exceeds expectations. The fruit is sourced from small parcels on the Corton hill. In the glass, the wine presents as structured and gives a well-defined sense of the limestone terroir, the wine is wrapped in a delicate bow of finesse and purity.
Deep red-ruby colour. Complex aromas of ripe black fruits, underbrush, spices and black pepper. Densely packed, savoury wine with a tight core of fruit, spice and earth flavours. This very concentrated, energetic, soil-inflected Corton grand cru is going to need at least several years in the cellar to unwind. Tactile but very fine-grained tannins reach the front teeth and saturate the mouth on the long finish.
92+ points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, January 2018.
A blend of four parcels worked as a joint venture since 2009. Dark fruits on the nose with Pinot lift and great intensity and purity. Very ripe with no trace of jamminess, while firm tannins give grip and structure. Very assertive now but has great energy and drive. A wine of great splendour and potential.
95 points, Stephen Brook, Decanter.
Solid and opulent, Corton is a Bourgogne’s iconic - highly complex, impressively mouth-filling in a way that is at once sensual and structured.
Domaine Ponsot is rich in history. It was one of the very first domaines in Burgundy to bottle its own wines (in the 1870s) and to begin selling wines under its own label (in the 1930s).
Clonal selection of pinot noir also began here. Ponsot provided the ‘mother plants’ from ancient Clos de la Roche vines for the first approved Burgundy clones – all of the so-called Dijon clones were taken from Ponsot cuttings in the Clos de la Roche.
Ponsot has fabulous holdings including perfectly situated parcels of very old vines (100+ years) in Clos St Denis and Clos de la Roche, where Ponsot is the largest land owner with 3.4ha – some three-quarters of the original vineyard.
There are smaller holdings in Chambertin, Griotte Chambertin, Chapelle Chambertin, Clos de Bèze, Charmes Chambertin, Clos de Vougeot, Corton, Corton Bressandes, Corton Charlemagne, le Montrachet, Chambolle Musigny 1er cru Les Charmes, and Morey 1er cru Clos de la Monts Luisants (white and red). There is also some Bourgogne rouge and superb village wines from Morey, Gevrey and Chambolle.