“The wines were very impressive - Laurent and his son run a very professional and sophisticated operation.” Peter Maude.
We are now offering wines fromLaurentPonsot'snewdomaine-that,asheexplains,ismoreofan “entity” than a traditionaldomaine. Following his departure in February 2017 from his family estate Domaine Ponsot, Laurent Ponsot has redefined his role as an “haute couture négociant” as he launches the wines made from his new venture. “Iliketochallenge,toinventandtrynewthings.Maybethere’snorealexplanation,”heconfessed.“Iwantedtofly.Iama pilot,”alludingtohispastlifebeforeturningtowinemaking. ButPonsothasnotcompletelysevered histieswithDomainePonsot.Hestillhasa25%stakeinthefamilyvineyards, namelythegrandcrusiteClosStDenisinMoreyStDenis.
Describing his new wine project with his son Clément in Gilly-les-Cîteaux, he says he now wears more than one hat. “My new job is to be not only avine grower, a winemaker but to be a négociant as well. There are several phases, the phase of producing, the phase of harvesting, the phase of winemaking and the phase of ageing. But the main element is to get the raw material, be it grape, must or barrels. The role of the négociant is to findout where are the best sources, and then age it.”
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