chézeaux/ponsot 2007 clos st.denis (très) vieilles vignes

Update 5.8.2009(16.7.2009)billn
Domaine des Chézeaux, 2007 Clos St.Denis (Très) Vieilles VignesProfile: des Chézeaux
Domaine des Chézeaux, 2007 Clos St.Denis (Très) Vieilles Vignes

2007 Chézeaux/Ponsot, Clos St.Denis Vieilles Vignestry to find this wine...
These are now over 100 year-old vines, the label says ‘vieilles vignes’, but the cork, (like the label on the Ponsot botting) says très vieilles vignes’. Medium, medium-plus colour. For quite a while after opening, the aromatics are rather diffuse offering almost a little blood-orange fruit, slowly it takes on a little focus with a dark, if not black cherry-fruit, still a little ‘lifted’ though intense and eventually very pretty violet floral notes – the longer it is open the more intense it becomes, perhaps a little raisined fruit hiding in the depths. Right from the start, this is intense and fresh – reminds me of a great white wine where the intensity and acidity make it hard for you to keep it in your mouth. If you’re prepared to fight with that intensity you will find very little overt tannin yet a certain silkiness, and there’s an understated but considerable length. At a similar stage (September last year) the 2006 was also rather difficult to judge, maybe that’s why Laurent Ponsot waits longer to release his wines, likewise this impresses in so many areas without quite delivering a ‘whole performance’ – today! I’m confident enough that the balance and intensity will bestow a long life to this wine, eventually to blossom.
Rebuy – Yes

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There is one response to “chézeaux/ponsot 2007 clos st.denis (très) vieilles vignes”

  1. Paul Miserez16th July 2009 at 6:41 pmPermalinkReply

    Thanks for this review, Bill. I recently ordered a few of these 2007, so this early feedback is very helpful.

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