Peter Maude Fine Wines

2017, Domaine Ponsot, CORTON Grand Cru, "Cuvée du Bourdon"


"Past vintages of this wine that I've tasted have been very stylish with lots of finesse and elegance. A particular favourite and a superb wine to buy." Peter Maude

An exuberantly fresh nose is comprised by the essence of red cherry, pomegranate, earth and a suggestion of the sauvage. There is fine concentration, focus and obvious power to the larger-scaled flavours that culminate in a long, mineral-driven and balanced finish though the markedly firm and grippy tannins flash a touch of rusticity. This is clearly built to age and is going to need it. 91-93 Allen Meadows, Burghound.

This is a négociant cuvee, first made in 2009. The new team has tweaked the vinification in search of elegance: slightly lower fermentation temperature, and a bit less punching down. It has a bright purple colour of medium depth. Then comes a lively deep red fruit nose, with good structure through the middle, and tighter acidity behind. A positive result. Tasted: November 2018. ****91-94 Jasper Morris MW.

The 2017 Corton Grand Cru Cuvée du Bourdon unfurls to reveal a classy bouquet of ripe cherries, licorice, spices and candied violets, with little hint of the savory complexity to come. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, tangy and youthfully firm, with a lovely line of acidity underpinning its concentrated core of fruit. Abel observes that efforts have been made to render this cuvée in a more elegant register, all the while retaining the distinctive profile and aging potential of these vineyards. This year's blend is composed of some 60% Les Paulands, 20% Les Perrières and 20% Clos du Roi. 91-93+ William Kelley, Wine Advocate.

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