Established in 1872 by the Ponsot family in Morey-Saint-Denis, Domaine Ponsot produces red and white wines made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but is also known for making Clos des Monts Luisants, the sole Aligoté premier cru wine in all of Burgundy. The domaine’s flagship wines, however, are its white Morey-Saint-Denis Blanc 1er Cru, and reds Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes and Clos Saint-Denis Vieilles Vignes. A highly innovative domaine, Ponsot was one of the first to acknowledge the importance of clones and clonal selection. Many of the most used Pinot Noir clones originate from their vineyards. Holdings include parcels in Clos de la Roche, Clos de Vougeot and Corton, with the average age of the vines being 50+ years, giving the wines their power and rich, exotic nuances. While not technically certified organic, the domaine does not use pesticides or insecticides. When the grapes are harvested, they receive a dusting of sulphur, but no more is added upon vinification, maturation or bottling. Sadly, the domaine is also known for its involvement in what is now referred to as the Rudy Kurniawan counterfeit case, where counterfeit Ponsot wines were attempted to be auctioned. Since that experience, the domaine has taken even more proactive precautions to avoid a repeat performance, including the practice started in 2009 of fingerprinting all bottles with unique bubble codes.