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The Clos is a monopole and also the only Cote de Nuits 1er cru that is 100% Aligote. Previously there was some Chardonnay and some Pinot blanc in the blend but from 2006 it is 100% Aligote, but not just any old Aligote: it is an ancient clone planted in 1911! And it is from a site that, according to Laurent Ponsot, has always made better whites from this grape rather than Chardonnay. Ironically, again according to Ponsot, this wine is often picked as a typical white Burgundy (i.e., one made from Chardonnay) in blind tastings. This, then, is a great blind wine for your next wine lunch or dinner!

A ripe, pretty and spicy green fruit nose leads to textured, sweet and seriously intense flavors underpinned by firm acidity and evident minerality, all wrapped in a linear, long and precise finish. Impressive if not overly complex at present yet this wine always requires time in bottle to deepen as well as flesh out. Drink: 2011+; Rating: 87-90 Point; Outstanding! Allen Meadows - Burghound, Issue 31 Oct 08

One of the most distinguished domaines of the Cote de Nuits. Anthony Hanson, Burgundy, Mitchell Beazley

Laurent Ponsot really hasn't missed since 1999. Allen Meadows, Burghound

The results are as distinctive as the methods, but also profoundly impressive and proven to age magnificently


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