Type: White Wine Volume: 1500ml
Winery: Domaine Ponsot
Country: France Region: Burgundy
District: Morey St Denis 1er Cru
Ratings and Tasting Notes:
(WA=92-93) Laurent Ponsot__þs five barrels of 2006 Morey-St.-Denis Mont Luisants tasted for a second time this spring after assembly for bottling represent a return to the 100% Aligote that his great grandfather had planted in 1911, an act which, Ponsot insists, followed a then long-standing tradition of planting that grape in especially chalky and/or nosebleed sectors of the Cote de Nuits. Nectarine, apricot, fresh lime, and iris inform this wine__þs effusive bouquet, and a patisserie-like overlay of yeast and vanilla offers lovely counterpoint; speaking of which, a subtly tart fruit skin and citrus zest note I associate with this unjustly maligned grape runs throughout. The interchange of mineral and bright citrus and pit fruit on display here __¡§ yet accompanied by a plush texture __¡§ is reminiscent of Riesling, and there is a depth of flavor and a richness beneath the wine__þs ripe, juicy acidity that promise at least a decade__þs worth of fascinating further evolution. The 2005 was even more strikingly __¡§ and somewhat more adamantly __¡§ mineral from barrel, and will surely be worth a search of the marketplace. Ponsot was not ready to show the bottled wine this Spring. Given this wine__þs virtues, it is small wonder that Ponsot is bullish enough on Aligote to have planted more. But he adds that it will take at least a decade for fruit from these vines to merit consideration for white Mont Luisants. (AM=87-90) A ripe, pretty and spicy green fruit nose leads to textured, sweet and seriously intense flavors underpinned by firm acidity and evident minerality, all wrapped in a linear, long and precise finish. Impressive if not overly complex at present yet this wine always requires time in bottle to deepen as well as flesh out.