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Laurent Ponsot Griotte Chambertin Grand Cru Cuvee du Saule 2017

Griotte Chambertin
Red Wine

The "En Griotte" climat lies on the slopes below the famous Clos de Bèze and Chambertin vineyards. The smallest grand cru of the commune, it covers just 2.7 hectares (6.7 acres) of land, on a slope that faces slightly northeast, instead of east or southeast, like the other grand cru vineyards. This aspect means that the vines have less exposure to the morning sunshine, and ripen more slowly than other climats.


While Gevrey-Chambertin is known for its strong, muscular styles of wine, Griotte-Chambertin wines tend to be aromatic and balanced. Indeed, its wines are some of Gevrey-Chambertin's most collectable, not only because the site produces a smaller, more exclusive quantity of wine, but also because its quality and style are more consistent as a result of its limited size.


As a thin-skinned grape variety, Pinot Noir generally has a moderate to high acidity, a low level of phenolic compounds, low to moderate levels of soft tannins and is generally paler in color than most other red wines.


Red wines range from a pale pinkish red through to the darker tones which an interior designer might recognize as Burgundy. Color and body do not necessarily intensify as price and/or quality rises, and even the deepest examples tend to have an appealing translucence and minimal opacity in the wine's core. See below for rosé.


Wine novices can often find it hard to reconcile these aspects of "lightness" with the prices at which Pinot Noir wines are usually sold. Lovers of the grape focus on its aromatic, flavor and textural qualities.


The essence of Pinot Noir wine is its aroma of red berries and cherry (fresh red cherries in lighter wines and stewed black cherries in weightier examples). Many of the more complex examples show hints of forest floor. Well-built Pinot Noirs, particularly from warmer harvests, suggest leather and violets, sometimes recalling Syrah.

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