Chapelle Chambertin, Domaine Ponsot 2009
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This is exceptionally ripe with dense aromas of cassis, plum and earth. There is excellent phenolic maturity to the equally ripe and very concentrated, even opulent flavors that hint at an underlying minerality on the long but slightly flat finish. To be sure, this is very impressive in it sheer size and weight yet it is borderline too ripe for my taste and lacks a bit of energy. In fairness, it's entirely possible that this is suffering a bit from the recent bottling as some wines do become fatigued. If so my score will seem unduly conservative in time.
|Score: 92||Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (45), January 2012|
Somewhat surprisingly, here the nose is even more elegant than that of the Griotte with its cool, airy and pure red cherry-liqueur, spice and essence of liquid minerality suffused nose that leads to dense, intense and equally mineral-driven big-bodied but refined flavors, all wrapped in a beautifully detailed, explosively long and youthfully austere finish. This is a serious and quite restrained effort that will require the better part of two decades to reach its full apogee.
|Score: 93/95||Allen Meadows, Burghound.com (41), January 2011|
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