Clos St. Denis "VV" 1983 Dom. Ponsot
12/95. Bought in auction Oct-95 for $96 (imported from Chicago for $107 net).
Tonight with the cheese plate for the Friday night dinner. This bottle is one
of only 900 bottles made by Ponsot in 1983 from his Clos St. Denis Grand Cru
vineyard in the commune of Morey-St. Denis.
COLOR: Quite deep and full brick red. No gradual paling except for very near
NOSE: Superb cherries and strawberries aroma, engulfed by the most delicate
and enticing 'Bourgogne Nose'.
TASTE: A bit of a let-down after the nose. Fresh and vigorous taste that have
more punch than complexity or delicacy. A 'heavy-handed' taste that misses
(IMHO) the point of a truly great (B).
LENGTH: Reasonably long and pleasant finish, but again - one dimensional.
TEXTURE & BALANCE: Great structure with plenty of acidity, alcohol, soft
tannins and even some fruit. What this wine lacks is 'flesh' or 'wininess'.
Either dried out already, or not yet there, or (as I suspect) never been there
and never will be.
OVERALL: An excellent wine if compared to the majority of 1983 (B). Still, not
as concentrated as Ponsot '83 Clos de la Roche or as wholesome as Roumier's
'83 Bonnes Mares or Mongeard-Mugneret '83 Grands Echezeaux.
MARK: 17/20.aaaaaaaaBUY MORE? No.
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