2014 Domaine Ponsot Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1271012 95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru has a more approachable bouquet than the 2014 Chambertin; it is more forward and expressive with red cherries, raspberry preserve and orange blossom aromas, which gain intensity and volume with virtually each swirl of the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, ripe tannin. I adore the purity here, the sensuality of this Clos-de-Bèze that (whisper it) you might mistake for Armand Rousseau. This might well be Laurent Ponsot's finest contribution to the vintage. Laurent Ponsot was unfortunately away when I visited the domaine, but fortunately chef de cave Arnaud was on hand to guide me through the 2014s. He told me that they picked from 23 September until the beginning of October, as is customary here, later than many growers. He told me that there was some affect of the drosophila suzukii but that it was spread over the vineyards rather than specific locations. In any case, it was remedied by vigorous sorting in the vines. The malolactic was smooth and quick and finished by the end of the year. The wines will be bottled May/June 2016. It was an excellent, occasionally spellbinding set of 2014s from Ponsot, the seemingly never-ending array of Grand Crus achieving great heights, the highlights being the Clos de la Roche Très Vieilles Vignes and a wonderful Chapelle-Chambertin.  (12/2015)

93-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 The exuberantly spicy if notably restrained nose grudgingly reveals wisps of mostly various red berries along with hints of underbrush, humus, earth and sandalwood. There is fine density and plenty of punch to the larger-scaled flavors that exhibit outstanding delineation on the relatively refined if quite firmly structured finale. This is tannic and serious yet not hard and the natural elegance of a classic Clos de Bèze is in evidence.  (1/2016)

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