Domaine Ponsot Morey Saint Denis Cuvée des Alouettes 2014
Usually very richly coloured, with vibrant reds (bright ruby, carmine, intense garnet) and hints of purple. The bouquet is shared between black fruit (blackcurrants, blueberries) and red stone fruit (cherries). There are some variants with sloes, brambles, violets, carnations, liquorice, and fruit brandies. With age, it often evokes hunting aromas (leather, moss, game) or reveals some hidden truffles! Sustained and structured, this wine waits for you on the palate with just the right balance between strength and expression of fruit. The equivalent of a tenor in the Burgundy choir, it offers well-rounded tannins and generous substance.
Food Pairing: True to its "Côte de Nuits" origins, i.e. masculine, powerful and full- bodied on the palate, red Morey-Saint-Denis is a fine accompaniment to flavourful meat dishes. Its tannins will engage better with wild fowl than with young veal. Furred game, braised or roasted, will be complemented by the wine's rich texture and the long tannins will persist until the juices of the fragrant meat are fully extracted. These same tannins will also bring out the flavour of a good entrecote steak or a thick rib of beef. Washed rind cheeses also make a very acceptable partner.
Wine AdvocateThe 2014 Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru Allouettes has an introspective bouquet. There is something "steely" about this: cold metal, copper piping underneath the transparent red berry fruit. The palate is quite harmonious on the entry. There is a taut line of acidity here, clean and crisp, very linear with touches of bitter cherry towards the finish. There is something "moody" about this Morey-Saint-Denis, which may well be its way of saying that it needs to be cellared for 3-5 years.