Domaine Ponsot "Clos de la Roche" Grand Cru 'Cuvee Vieilles Vignes' 2016 1.5-Liter
97 Points John Gilman
Not surprisingly, the 2016 Clos de la Roche “Vieilles Vignes” from Domaine Ponsot is utterly brilliant. The bouquet is deep, sappy and very pure, delivering scents of red and black cherries, plums, raw cocoa, gamebird, woodsmoke and a magically complex base of soil tones. On the palate the wine is pure, sappy and very transparent in profile, with a great core of fruit, impeccable focus and balance, suave, ripe tannins and a very, very long, complex and vibrant finish. This is not as massively endowed as some recent vintages of Clos de la Roche here, and I have absolutely no complaints in this regard, as this wine is showing just beautiful potential and is every bit as promising as any recent vintage of this cuvée chez Ponsot!