Sunday, September 18, 2022

LeDomduVin: Ponsot on top of the world

Ponsot on top of the world 

Serving Domaine Ponsot Clos de Vougeot 2010 for a private lunch in one of the tallest buildings in Hong Kong...  What else? 

And, of course, I could not help myself from taking a few pictures of the bottle and the magnificent views of Victoria Harbour and TST (Kowloon). Mesmerizing view as you can see in this picture below (better not be afraid of height).  

I also took a portrait of myself too. And, believe me, or not, the first picture was not intentional, it was just a trial (as I took these pictures alone), and I did not position the phone correctly and cut my head off. 

Yet, I really liked the result, as it kind of looked like a picture you could see in a wine magazine (*), as an advertisement for @domaineponsot for example...  ... just saying...😉

NB: don't thank me, just send me the money, I take cash and bank transfers 😉😎😁🤣🤣🤣👍🍷🍷🍷(just kidding)

Let's get back to the wine. 

Domaine Ponsot Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru Cuvée Vieilles Vignes Bourgogne 

Average Market Price HKD 4,340 (Euro 553  / USD 553)

Tight and muted at first (**), the wine opened up and tasted beautifully after about 45 minutes of opening, and was even better after 2 hours. Loved it. Showing a discreet yet charming scent of fresh red cherry mingling with floral and mineral notes and earthy nuances, in both the nose and the palate. Offers a very nice balance, structure, and texture in a delicate and refined mouthfeel from the subtle attack, expanding gracefully to the lingering finish. What a charming wine!  

Given the vintage 2010 was a difficult vintage that ended up being extremely good for those who adopted proper vineyard management and, more especially, careful sorting during the harvest, I was not too sure what to expect. Yet, Domaine Ponsot being one of the top producers, I was not taking much risk there. 

The wine does not have the body and opulence of the 2009 vintage, a much warmer and easier vintage compared to 2010, which experienced heavy frost in December 2009, poor conditions during the flowering in June, then a damp summer, yet fortunately some sun in September in until the end of the harvest in October, which allowed for the grapes to mature nicely and reach full phenolic ripeness, which ended up saving the vintage that was otherwise heading to be a disaster.            

After posting these pictures and a short version of this post on my Facebook and Instagram accounts, I had a few people asking about the plastique cork. Some were asking when Domaine Ponsot does not use real corks to seal their bottles? 

So, for those of you who may not know it yet, Domaine Ponsot has adopted ARDEASEAL thermoplastic/bioplastic stoppers since the 2010 vintage and does not use the real cork anymore.   

If interested, there is an article from, written in August 2010, that talks about it, with a PDF to download on Laurent Ponsot's point of view on his choice to change his corks for ARDEA. 

Thank you for reading my post. Remember to drink responsibly, and take good care of yourself and your loved ones.  

Santé! Cheers! 


(*) maybe I should change career and become a model for wine, as long as my face is not in the picture, that's ok, isn't it? I love this first picture. 😁😎👍🤘🍷

(**) Some people asked me if I should have decanted it, to which I answered that I did not decant it, and I do not think that I should have either, even if the wine was tight and muted, as Burgundy reds usually just need a bit of air within the bottle and a bit of time to open up, but decanting them might shock them and they may not react well to decantation. Moreover, I usually do not decant Burgundy reds (Burgundy whites yes, very often, especially the Premier Cru and Grand Cru, but Burgundy Reds never, unless really needed, but that does not happen very often).  

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