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Domaine Jean-Baptiste PONSOT

Great Wines of Burgundy

Rully | Côte Chalonnaise

 

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The Ponsot Estate

was created in 1954 by my grandfather Lucien Ponsot, for whom the vine was a passion among his many activities within a polyculture farm.

Vintage after vintage

His son Bernard – my father – was then committed to developing the wine business of the estate, so that it eventually become our exclusive business.

Bernard has been a “living encyclopedia” of Rully’s history ! He knows plenty of anecdotes about villagers and vineyards: the date of planting each parcel, the rootstock, the succession of properties…

Jean-Baptiste Ponsot

I'm the grandson of the founder. I took over the estate in the year 2000. I was 20 years old.

It is with the pride but also the great responsibility of having to perpetuate what 2 generations of my family built, that as soon as I arrived,
I focused on planting vineyards belonging to the Estate, but still unexploited until 'so.

I also gradually invested to modernize our working tool: in 2005, I built
a new winery and a cellar for the reception of our customers.

Today

I am in charge of the 8.5 hectares of vines that our Domaine Jean-Baptiste PONSOT has in the best slopes of the Rully appellation, in the heart of the Côte Chalonnaise, Burgundy. Two thirds of our vineyard is in the Rully Premier Cru appellation raw and a third in the Rully Village appellation.

We produce two thirds of white wines, and one third of red wines.

In the vine

I work in sustainable agriculture and I do not use herbicides. To be able to keep this strong environmental commitment, I apply myself to a rigorous, continuous and meticulous work of the grounds of each parcel. In my opinion, the quality of my wines is the result of this meticulous work in the vineyards: control of the yields, aeration of the grapes, choice of the pruning techniques adapted to the each plant (Guyot, Cordon), increase of the height of the leaf surface, leaf stripping... All this commitments are necessary to achieve my major goal: to produce beautiful grapes.

In the cellar

I raise all my wines for 12 months in oak barrels (one third of new oak barrels), then I assemble in vats for a period of 3 to 6 months depending on the vintage.

My challenge

Today, my goal is to continually increase the quality performance of the Estate, vintage after vintage, in order to offer you the highest quality wines, while remaining in an environmental and responsible approach.

Proud of my roots

I am very proud of my Burgundy roots, of the work that my grandfather and my father did to build the family estate, of the beauty of the hilly landscape of my village of Rully, in the heart of the Côte Chalonnaise !

 

 


But all this beauty, the prestige of this history, the heritage and the terroir of Rully are also a responsibility for me as for all the winemakers of the appellation. It’s our commitment to preserve them, to continue to produce great wines, but also to allow future generations to be amazed as we are!

 


That’s why I put the work of the vineyard at the heart of my winemaker philosophy: each vineyard in the estate has its own history, its own typology of soil, its own characteristics. Here is a detailed overview, plot by plot, to help you understand where the wines you like come from!

 


This 2 hectares and 13 ares vine plot is located in the Rully Premier Cru appellation area and belongs to our family since 1954. This parcel was planted in Pinot Noir by my father and my grandfather from 1978 to 1988 for a part, then by my father and me thereafter, when it was enlarged. In 2011, I also bought an additional 1 hectare of Chardonnay on this parcel: these Chardonnay vine had been planted since 1975.

Molesme is a very generous ground plot, which does not fear drought. It is exposed East - Southeast, with a flatter topography of Piedmont. Its subsoil is composed of an oxfordian substratum of lithographic and oolitic limestone. Its soil is reddish brown calcareous, partly colluvial, with satisfactory hydric regime but with a possibility of seasonal karstic resurgence very localized in this plot.

Our wines from this plot

Rully Premier Cru « Molesme » White

Beautiful marriage between the fat of the wine and the mineral tension. Round, precise and greedy. Aging 12 months in barrels (25% of new oak barrels) and 3 months of assembly in mass.

Rully Premier Cru « Molesme » Red

Juicy, elegant and velvety wine with very fair woody. A voluminous mouth, a noble juice and coated tannins. Aging 12 months in barrels (40% of new oak barrels) and 3 months of assembly in mass.

Rully Premier Cru « Cuvée 24 » Red

This wine has a great aging potential and is made of the best grapes of the “Molesme” plot. I wanted to get the maximum of this terroir on a great vintage by pushing the breeding at 24 months.

This beautiful plot of Rully Premier Cru belongs to our family since 1952, on a surface of 1 hectare and 71 ares. Montpalais was planted in Chardonnay by my father and my grandfather in 1954. It is therefore a vine that I prune in simple guyot. This plot never freezes, but is very prone to erosion because its slope is strong: it therefore requires special vigilance.

This vine plot is exposed East - Southeast on a regular slope but rather pronounced. Its subsoil is composed of an oxfordian substratum of white marls and marly limestones dominated by oolitic and lithographic so-called "de Nantoux" limestones, whose colluvial screes participate in the coarse fraction of soils. Its soil is brown, limestone, very stony, with a fine fine marly fraction.

Our wines from this plot

Rully Premier Cru « Montpalais » White

This wine has a great complexity, with a good length in the mouth. Aromas of flint. Aging 12 months in barrels (20% of new oak barrels) and 3 months of assembly in mass.

Rully Premier Cru « Cuvée 24 » White

This wine has a great aging potential and is made of the best grapes of the “Montpalais” plot. I wanted to get the maximum of this terroir on a great vintage by pushing the breeding at 24 months.

This plot of 2 hectares and 83 acres in the Rully Village appellation was acquired by my great-grandfather in 1910. Formerly in the meadow, vineyard plantations only started in 2000, ending in 2009. My father and I planted these vines in white and red: 2 hectares and 33 acres in Chardonnay, 50 acres in Pinot Noir. « En Bas de Vauvry" is one of the few Rully appellation plots to be located in the heart of the historic Premiers Cru hillside of the appellation: it is therefore a promise of quality!

This vine plot is exposed East - Southeast, on average slope. Its subsoil is composed of an oxfordian substratum of white marls and marly limestones dominated by so-called oolitic limestones of "Nantoux", whose colluvial scree participate in the coarse fraction of soils. Its soil is brown, limestone, very stony, with a fine fine marly fraction.

Our wines from this plot

Rully « En Bas de Vauvry » White

Dry and slightly woody, sublimated by a very elegant and creamy toasted aging. Aging 12 months in barrels and 3 months of assembly in mass (15% of tank, 20% of new barrels and the rest in barrels of 1 to 4 wines).

Rully  Red

Intense, ripe wine with coated tannins and a good aging potential. Aging 12 months in barrels (30% of new oak barrels) and 3 months of assembly in mass.

This small plot of 33 ares belongs to our family since 1950. It was planted in Pinot Noir by my father and my grandfather in 1958. This parcel is very frosty in the spring, then very early in the harvest. Here, I prune the vine in “guyot simple”, and it allows me to get a very robust, tannic and colorful wine.

This vine plot is exposed South-East, with a slight slope near the road downstream. Its subsoil is composed of oxfordian substratum of lithographic and oolitic limestones. Its soil is calcareous brown, very stony, with cryoclastic debris and a fine clay-loam soil. In its upstream part, its soil is calcareous brown more reddish, stony and a fine clay-silty earth.

Our wines from this plot

Rully Red

Intense, ripe wine with coated tannins and a good aging potential. Aging 12 months in barrels (30% of new oak barrels) and 3 months of assembly in mass.

This small plot of 25 acres in Appellation Rully Premier Cru was planted in Pinot Noir in 1969. I have been renting it since 2006. I made the choice to prune this Cordon vine, and leave it in grass: these technical choices allowed me to reduce the size of the bunches and to promote their maturity, in order to finally obtain a wine of better quality.

This plot is exposed Southeast, with a slight slope near the road downstream. Its subsoil is composed of oxfordian substratum of lithographic and oolitic limestones. Its soil is calcareous brown, very stony, with cryoclastic debris and a fine clay-loam soil. In its upstream part, its soil is calcareous brown more reddish, stony and a fine clay-silty earth.

Our wines from this plot

Rully Premier Cru « La Fosse» Red

This wine has a great complexity: fruity without heaviness, fresh and tasty. Floral aroma. It has a comfortable aging potential. Aging 12 months in casks (40% of new oak barrels) and 3 months of assembly in mass.

Our commitments in vineyard and cellar

My main commitment has always been to make every effort to produce high quality wines. I always look for elegance, finesse and freshness in a wine. It’s a continuous improvement process, an everyday challenge and responsibility. It is already a massive change for our family estate: I have thus gone from a harvest sold wholly in bulk to the trading in the 2000s, to vintages wholly sold in bottle from 2013.

To reach this goal, it was first necessary to take care of the vineyard: no good wine without beautiful grapes!

  • In 2007, I decided to ban all use of weed killers, anti-rot and insecticides: a strong environmental commitment for the estate.
  • Instead of these treatments, I have to practice all the year a meticulous and continuous work of the grounds on all the exploitation: ridging, debutting, intercep, scratching…
  • I also decided to increase the leaf area of ​​the vines from 1.20m to 1.40m.
  • All the vines are leafless on the north side to facilitate maturity and prevent the development of rot (botrytis).
  • I also adapt to the specificities of each parcel in order to better control the yields: Guyot or Cordon pruning, grassed soil or total plowing…

Elaboration of red wines

Before the harvest, I anticipate the sorting of clusters directly on the vine by counting the grapes, sorting rotten and clusters that have matured poorly.
A second sorting is then done on the table during the harvest, before entering the cellar.
After sorting, the reds are inoculated and macerated cold between 4 and 6 days, then the maceration is done at 27 °C to finish a few days at 30 °C.
I alternate between pigeage and reassembly according to the vintages.
The vatting lasts a total of 21 days.
After pressing, the wine is barreled for 12 months where malolactic fermentation takes place.
My red wines are then put in mass during 3 months before the bottling which is carried out in general at the beginning of December.

Elaboration of white wines

After pressing, the white must is decanted for 24 hours, then it is put directly into barrels to perform the alcoholic fermentation at a temperature of 20 °C.
The batonnage is done according to the vintages.
The wine is then aged for 12 months in oak barrels.
As for the reds, my white wines are then put in mass for 3 months before the bottling which is done generally at the beginning of December.

Domaine Jean-Baptiste PONSOT

Great Wines of Burgundy

Rully | Côte Chalonnaise

26 Grande Rue,
71150 Rully

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