Outstanding Grand Crus from Domaine des Chezeaux. Made by Laurent Ponsot

Outstanding Grand Crus from Domaine des Chezeaux. Made by Laurent Ponsot

Super reviews from Jasper Morris MW
Domaine des Chezeaux was formed in 1982 from the holdings of the Mercier family. The name Chézeaux refers to the original Mercier family home close the Chateau of Gevrey within the walls of which are about half a hectare of vines – Clos de Chézeaux. The basis of the holdings date from 1928, but today there are no winemakers in the family, hence, their holdings are all ‘en metayage’.
Whilst Domaine des Chézeaux sells wine under its own label, it does not work the vines or make the wines. The Griotte-Chambertin, Clos St-Denis, Chambertin and Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Charmes are all made by Laurent Ponsot under the metayage arrangement. Laurent Ponsot leases the vines and one third of the finished wine is given to Chezeaux as payment.
 
The Domaine des Chezeaux 2018 wines are identical to those bottled under the Laurent Ponsot label (simply one third of the bottled wines are returned to Chezeaux). Only the label design is different! (Oh, and the price - the Domaine des Chezeaux labeled wines are around half the price of those with a Ponsot label!).
The Domaine des Chezeaux labelled wines are vastly more affordable which always begs the question about how much is a label worth?
Today we present a range of Grand Crus from Domaine des Chezeaux. The 2016 and 2017's are in stock. 2018's will be shipped from France next month. Quantities available are small.
The wines have outstanding reviews from Jasper Morris MW.
Domaine des Chezeaux (Ponsot) Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru 2016
Normal Price $650.00
Special Price $552.50
Only 4 bottles available
Jasper Morris MW
In Laurent’s time at Domaine Ponsot this could be a veritable hit or a slight miss. The 2016 looks like the former. It has a gorgeous purple black centre, then a marvellous richness of red and black fruit through the middle, a very valuable bite of acidity, and all sorts of detailed little red fruits dancing across the palate, offering amazing detail. Very promising! 95-97 Points
John Gilman "View from the Cellar"
Very much in its customary style, offering up a ripe and sappy nose of black cherries, plums, chocolate, roasted meats, a fine base of soil, a touch of mustard seed and plenty of upper register smokiness. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, powerful and opulent in personality, with a sappy core, fine-grained tannins and excellent length and grip on the long, tangy and beautifully balanced finish. A classic Griotte in the making. 2031-2080. 95+ Points
Domaine des Chezeaux (Ponsot) Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru 2017
Normal Price $675.00
Special Price $573.50
Jasper Morris MW
Glowing fresh mid purple. Superb grace to the nose, magically juicy, then a firmer backbone behind. Some crunch here, only medium intensity, a wine to judge by its class more than its size. The fruit is ripe but not untidy, more in the fresh little red fruits register. Tasted: November 2018. 93-96 Points
John Gilman "View from the Cellar"
The 2017 Griotte-Chambertin from the Ponsots is excellent and very much cut from the same stylistic cloth as it was back during Laurent's time at the helm of Domaine Ponsot in Morey. The ripe and very expressive nose wafts from the glass in a mix of sappy black cherries, black plums, dark chocolate, chalky soil tones, grilled meats, mustard seed and a bit of beetroot in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, precise and impressively mineral in personality, with a sappy core, ripe tannins and fine balance and grip on the long, tangy and complex finish. A superb Ponsot Griotte! 2027-2075. 95 Points
Domaine des Chezeaux (Ponsot) Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru 2018
Landed Price $695.00
Pre Arrival Price $590.00
Jasper Morris MW
Red to crimson in colour and a fresher bouquet, raspberry with a hint of something more acidulated. But ripe enough on the palate, is there a hint of volatile, if so doesn’t matter. Very exciting potential! Tasted: November 2019. 93-97 Points
Domaine des Chezeaux (Ponsot) Clos St-Denis Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru 2017
Normal Price $995.00
Special Price $845.50
Only 4 bottles available
Jasper Morris MW
The vines were planted in 1905. The colour is an attractive rich mid purple. The nose is truly magisterial. Heady ripe red fruit, too well bred to count as an explosion of fruit. Too intense to be described as floral. Lovely balancing acidity and exceptional length. Hedonism in its optimal rather than maximal form. Tasted: November 2018. 5 Star Wine! 95-98 Points
Domaine des Chezeaux (Ponsot) Clos St-Denis Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru 2018
Landed Price $1095.00
Pre Arrival Price $930.00
Only 12 bottles available
Jasper Morris MW
The vines were planted in 1905. Glowing purple, a vastly seductive bouquet of immensely rich ripe but balanced fruit. How many different types of raspberry. Ultra succulent, glorious and balanced. Doesn’t show much acidity but there is enough, and the tannins are totally enrobed. Tasted: November 2019. 96-99 Points
Domaine des Chezeaux (Ponsot) Chambertin Grand Cru 2017
Normal Price $1095.00
Special Price $930.50
Only 1 bottle available
Jasper Morris MW
 From vines planted in 1961. No great density of colour but there is a heavenly nose nonetheless, roses, strawberry, pretty good weight behind, softer finish, fairly good length. Does this quite kick on? Tasted: November 2018. 92-96 Points
Domaine des Chezeaux (Ponsot) Chambertin Grand Cru 2018
Landed Price $1195.00
Pre Arrival Price $1015.00
Only 6 bottles available
Jasper Morris MW
Glowing purple, super ripe fruit, some chocolate notes and that bit of wrinkled grapeskin dryness, but a total explosion of fruit on the palate, around 13.5 he thinks. Certainly a massively long aftertaste. I shall be conservative here until we see how the balance of fruit intensity and possibly over-ripe flavours works out. Tasted: November 2019. 93-96 Points
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