Burgundy is known for its charming villages, its Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes—and for Laurent Ponsot. Laurent is known for following his own muse and making outstanding wines. Two couples will enjoy extraordinary up-close-and-personal time with this maverick vintner in the vineyard, the winery and the cellar.
Led by Laurent, Domaine Ponsot, based in Morey-Saint-Denis, produced wines of depth, purity and great beauty that were highly coveted and quite expensive. After 36 years at Domaine Ponsot, Laurent left the family domaine in February of 2017 to pursue a new wine adventure. He is joined in this new endeavor by his son, Clément, whose attachment to winemaking is as strong as his own. “I was born above a cellar in Morey-Saint-Denis and grew up among barrels and vats, working with my father,” he once said. “I think I have some blood in my wine, not wine in my blood.”
Laurent’s new label is simply “Laurent Ponsot,” representing not an estate or a house, but simply an “entity.” He has said that the name was selected not out of vanity, but as an assumption of responsibility for what is in the bottle—and to remain humble in relation to nature and to be able to concurrently assume the pleasure of being able to give through the wines and the perils often induced by work “without safety net.” Always inspired by nature, Laurent has bestowed all of his new wines with an evocative name inspired by flora.
The one-of-a-kind Laurent Ponsot and his chauffer will pick you up at your hotel and Laurent will be your attentive personal guide throughout a private tour of his Grand Cru vineyards, winery and cellar. Then, in a beautiful and relaxing environment, you will enjoy an exclusive picnic lunch, paired with his Grand Cru wines.
The conversation is sure to be fascinating and enlightening as the legendary vintner is in the midst of navigating his way through this period of transition and new beginnings—creating a new winery, new brand and whole new future along with his son Clément. You will have the opportunity to hear what is going through the mind of this man driven by ideas and ideals, and you are sure to learn much about his expertise, heritage and leadership at Domaine Ponsot, as well as the vision and inspiration behind this monumental endeavor.
Laurent’s passionate love for Burgundy and its defining notion of terroir will become clear as you traverse this glorious region. He may share with you how the very nature of Burgundy reflects on his philosophy of winemaking: “Burgundy is the only place on earth that has 1,250 appellations on a small surface, 75 kilometers long, 1 kilometer wide on average. If you try to produce a Pinot [from one single plot], it’s not the right way, you have to extract from each appellation, the essence of the terroir,” he insists.
Next, Laurent will take you on a private tour of the 12th-century Château Clos de Vougeot, headquarters of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, the exclusive bacchanalian fraternity of Burgundy wine enthusiasts of which he is the Grand Écuyer. Standing in the very heart of Burgundy’s vineyards, the Château was originally a wine farm, built in the 12th-century by monks from the nearby Abbey of Cîteaux. In the 16th-century, a Renaissance style château was added to the existing buildings. With its medieval vat-house and presses, Cistercian cellar and original kitchens, it attracts history lovers, architecture lovers and wine lovers. The Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin acquired the Château in 1945 and began restoration, turning it into the seat of the Order.
You will have much to think about on your biking excursion through the vineyards in Burgundy. Discover the landscape of the Bourgogne vineyards, whose individual and unique areas of vineyard, known as Climats, were listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites in 2015.
How about an extraordinary bid to experience Burgundy with this extraordinary guy?
Airfare to France is not included. Ground transportation for the day in Burgundy with Laurent Ponsot is included. Visit to Laurent Ponsot is to be scheduled for a mutually agreeable date. The Methuselah (6 Liter) bottle of Griotte Chambertin is one (1) of only two (2) produced and will be the only bottle released from the cellar. The Jeroboam (3 Liter) bottle of Clos de Vougeot is one (1) of only three (3) produced. The Jeroboam (3 Liter) bottle of Corton Charlemagne is one (1) of only five (5) produced.
Claude & Laurent Ponsot of Laurent Ponsot SAS