Sitting between Gevrey-Chambertin and Chambolle-Musigny, this little appellation can sometimes get a little lost in between. Although, not because of their quality - the wines are a perfect bridge between Gevrey-Chambertin (for structure and tannins) and Chambolle-Musigny (with elegance and velvetiness).
The appellation contains 4 main Grand Crus (5 if you include a small portion of Bonnes Mares which it shares with Chambolle-Musigny) including the Clos de la Roche.
The wines of Morey-Saint-Denis join the soft delicacy of Chambolle, its neighbor to the south, with the power and structure of Gevrey Chambertin, to the north. They are rather deeply coloured, with a powerful bouquet of small red and black fruits (pin cherry, blackcurrant). The crus of Morey-Saint-Denis are more complex, with woodsy, spicy, and animal aromas. They are full bodied and fleshy, often with a very long finish.
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.