1991 Ponsot Chambertin

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The 1991 Chambertin is one of the rare wines from this grand cru vineyard that justifies the price and mythical reputation. It is a great wine, with deep ruby color, and a splendid perfume of smoked meats, jammy black and red fruits, and Asian spices. Layers of supple, juicy, succulent fruit filled with glycerin, sweet tannin, and high alcohol make for a hedonistic, decadent mouthful of wine. It should drink well for at least 10-15 years. No matter how many wines I taste, or how long the days can be in damp, dingy cellars, it is hard to spit out wines such as Ponsot's Chambertin.

The perennially inconsistent Domaine Ponsot has, along with the Domaine Leroy, turned in the vintage's most extraordinary performances. This domaine made mind-boggling 1990s, but a strong case can be built that Laurent Ponsot and his father have fashioned 1991s that are as rich and profound as their 1990s. Certainly their yields were significantly lower. In fact, only Domaine Leroy had yields as low as Ponsot's average of 16 hectoliters per hectare (less than 1 ton per acre). Keep in mind that 1 ton per acre on 8,000-10,000 vines per hectare is considerably different than 1 ton per acre from new world vineyards that have 1200 vines per hectare. In the top grand crus, such as Chambertin, Clos St.-Denis, and Clos de la Roche, Ponsot's yields were between 9-13 hectoliters per hectare - and from exceptionally old vines. This domaine abhors new oak, uses no SO2, and bottles its wines with no fining or filtration, utilizing only nitrogen gas to protect the wine as it is moved from cask to bottle. Bravo to the Ponsots for making some of the greatest red burgundies I have ever tasted - and they have done it in back to back vintages!

Robert Parker | 96 RP

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Vintage 1991
Color Red
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Producer Domaine Ponsot
Rating 96 RP
Region Burgundy: Situated just west of the beautiful river Saone, the hills and valleys of Burgundy stand as they have stood since medieval times, and you can almost hear the cheerful chatter of vineyard workers from miles away. Indeed, France's identity in the world of wine would be incomplete without the inclusion of Burgundy and its many viticultural achievements. Every little sub-region of the area boasts a unique soil composition, which, when combined with the area's climate conditions, creates an incredibly diverse and appealing selection of fine wines. Every new bottle is an adventure of its own, and a snapshot of its birthplace. You could spend years sampling great Burgundian wines, and you would still have a lot to learn, which is what makes the region so compelling for veterans and novice wine lovers alike. No matter what your taste in wines may be, there is a winery in Burgundy that could mesmerize your mind and make your senses scream with joy. And what better way to spend a comfy summer afternoon with your friends and family than with a classy bottle from some of the region's most reputable wineries? From the noble slopes of Cote d'Or to the flatlands near various settlements, let us help you on your journey as we explore Burgundy's most delicious and renowned wines.
Type of Wine Burgundy Red: If you have a craving for some beautiful, mind-expanding Pinot Noir, few regions can match the talent and consistency of Burgundy. The grape almost seems like it evolved for this very region, and its essence will stimulate your senses and arouse your imagination. Drink deep and experience almost spiritual enlightenment.
Varietal Pinot Noir: Pinot Noir is possibly the most versatile red grape when it comes to the ways it's been used over the years. From red wines to sparkling wines and beyond, there aren't many places where you can avoid hearing about it, and for a good reason. It's often easy to spot a bottle of Pinot Noir simply by the pale, translucent color, which transitions into a shade reminiscent of old-timey brickwork, adding a lovely dash of country charm to an already awe-inspiring drink.
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