Domaine Ponsot Cuvée Vieilles Vignes Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir 2006

$359

Sweetly ripe black fruits in the nose of the Ponsot 2006 Clos de La Roche Cuvee Vieilles Vignes prepare the way for a more succulently, generously sweet fruit, plush texture, and generally sunny disposition than that presented by the corresponding Clos St.-Denis. Ripe cherry and red currant flood the creamy, silken palate with sweetness, while some of the same notes of citrus oil, floral perfume (here iris), and peat as exhibited in the Clos St.-Denis swirl about, too. Saline, chalky suggestions help offer contrast and a sounding board to the fruit, and this finishes with exhilarating lift, riveting interplay, and phenomenal length. Here is a combination of textural allure and backbone for which velvet gloves and iron fists seem inappropriately mundane - not merely archaic - metaphors. Blind - I must confess (and did, to Ponsot) - that I would more likely have guessed this to be Musigny than Clos de la Roche. In an extreme instance of a phenomenon shared by many of the best 2006s, I find this irresistible now; find it hard to imagine its having ornery or sulking phases; yet expect it will be worth following for 20 years. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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Ratings on Delectable

Andrew Steffensmeier Delectable Pro

Cherry. Touches of red and black raspberry. Earth, spice, and a touch of tar. Nice acidity and finish. Very enjoyable, and maybe best on day 2, or at least after several hours open.

Cherry. Touches of red and black raspberry. Earth, spice, and a touch of tar. Nice acidity and finish. Very enjoyable, and maybe best on day 2, or at least after several hours open.

9.4

Filippo Calabresi Delectable Pro

Winemaker Tenimenti d'Alessandro

sleeping beautifully. but a good beginning bodes well

sleeping beautifully. but a good beginning bodes well

9.2

Sylvain Rhainds

2006. Good but not great

2006. Good but not great

9.1

Sylvain Rhainds

2006! Pas net!

2006! Pas net!

7.9

Benoit Duhamel

Off

Off

6.1

Craig Williams

First one of a few remaining in the cellar. Surprised by the lighter style of this wine, which is not what I associate with Ponsot. Red fruits- cherry, strawberry with sous bois notes; nice acid balance and modest tannins made for a lovely glass of PN. In very good shape and can go a longer distance.

First one of a few remaining in the cellar. Surprised by the lighter style of this wine, which is not what I associate with Ponsot. Red fruits- cherry, strawberry with sous bois notes; nice acid balance and modest tannins made for a lovely glass of PN. In very good shape and can go a longer distance.

9.2

Philip Dobrin

Took time in the bottle to open up. Even at peak was great not superb.

Took time in the bottle to open up. Even at peak was great not superb.

9.2

Adam Carroll

Not overdone. Will be great

Not overdone. Will be great

9.3

Jack Gyben

Really beautiful. Perfect fruit age. Loved it!

Really beautiful. Perfect fruit age. Loved it!

9.6

Lawrence Solum

Clos de la Roche 2006

Clos de la Roche 2006

8.9

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