Pierre Ponnelle is one of the great figures of Burgundy in the 19th century. Born in 1847 near Arnay-le-Duc, he spent the first moments of his youth in Beaune and later did his studies in Germany and the Scandinavian countries. Pierre Ponnelle, however, was above all passionate about oenology. It was upon his return to Beaune in 1875, that Pierre Ponnelle founded his house as wine merchant. Pierre Ponnelle is considered a pioneer in oenology and a great entrepreneur for his great contributions to the development of Burgundy wines. He was constantly searching for a way to showcase and bring out the finesse and elegance of the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir of Burgundy.
Burgundy is a historical region in east-central France. It’s famous for its Burgundy wines as well as Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, Puligny-Montrachet, and Chablis. The area is crisscrossed by a network of canals and studded with grand châteaux. The capital, Dijon, of mustard fame, is home to the imposing Palace of the Dukes.
Chardonnay is originally from France’s Burgundy region, where the best white Burgundies are powerful and rich, with complex fruit flavors and notes of earth and minerals. More affordable Pierre Ponnelle Chardonnay from Burgundy—for instance, is crisp and lively, with apple and lemon flavors.
Pinot Noir -the name is derived from the French words for pine and black; the pine alluding to the grape variety having tightly clustered, pine cone-shaped bunches of fruit and the deep rich color of the outer skin of the grapes. Pinot Noir grapes are grown around the world, mostly in the cooler regions, but the grape is chiefly associated with the Burgundy France wine region.
Chablis – The village of Chablis gives its name to one of the most famous white wine in France. Chablis is located at the north of the Burgundy region. Chablis wine is made of Chardonnay grape. Over there people called it Beaunois, taking the name from the close-by wine region of Beaune. Chardonnay grape vines grow on a limestone soil rich with fossils and specially oysters. A long time ago, a sea covered Burgundy and Chablis. Chablis wine is brisk and fruity, very dry and with a refreshing acidity. In the nose, there are flavors of green apple and lemon. In the mouth Chablis delivers aromas of vanilla, and lemon.
Pierre Ponnelle Puligny-Montrachet is probably the most perfect expression of the Chardonnay grape. The appellation was created in 1937 on soils separated by only a few metres from the Grands Crus. The white wines have well-defined personalities and an established reputation. Puligny- Montrachet is balanced, many aromatic complexities, and purified style, demand delicate but rich food. Pierre Ponnelle Puligny-Montrachet is equally at home with poultry in sauce or veal with mushrooms. Their great distinction elicits a grateful response from foie gras, lobster, crawfish, and grilled or fried sea-fish. A very special Chardonnay!!