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Chambolle-Musigny Cuvée de la Violette 2019 - Laurent Ponsot
The intensity and refinement of Chambolle-Musigny wines are expressed with elegant subtlety in terms of appearance, the bright ruby colour creating brilliant and luminous reflections. Violets and small red berries make up the highly characteristic bouquet. Rich, with powerful and complex aromas, Chambolle-Musigny coats the palate with silk and lace. Delicate and full-bodied, it nonetheless maintains a solid, long-lasting structure and offers soft tannins. Bresse capon is a good match as the meat’s subtle texture will be delicately coated by the silky yet dense tannins of Chambolle-Musigny wines, especially the Premiers Crus. Chambolle comes from Campus Ebolliens, or “Champ Bouillant” (boiling field), describing the liveliness of the river that crosses the local area after thunderstorms.
Laurent Ponsot is one of Burgundy’s most internationally renowned winemakers. In 2017 he formally left his family domaine in Morey St Denis, and struck out on his own with a new winemaking facility in Gilly-lès- Cîteaux from where he now runs his solo project, started in 2015, full-time. He had been instrumental in Domaine Ponsot’s rise to fame, and had built a reputation as a maverick winemaker with his unique style that combined late harvesting, destemming, and complete aversion to new oak in the cellar. His wines are concentrated and long lived, and have won him admirers the world over. He is a passionate campaigner and prominent activist in the fight against fake wine on the secondary market. Having left his family domaine in the hands of his sisters, Laurent is joined by his son, Clément, at his new project, and together they are continuing to make their hugely exciting wines. Much of the fruit comes from his share of the family vineyards that remained with him after his departure, whilst the new project has given him the opportunity to explore new appellations.