Originally from St Romain in Côte d'Or, William Ponsot purchased a wine estate in Morey-St-Denis and set up home there. His major parcels of land at that time were:
- Clos des Monts-Luisants
- Clos de la Roche
He also cultivated fruit from other appellations, such as:
- Gevrey-Chambertin Les Combottes
- Charmes Chambertin.
He started bottling his entire harvest at the Domaine. This was very rare at the time and only a dozen or so Burgundy wine estates did so before the Second World War.
The 1934 vintage was the first to be sold in France, with sales in the United States and numerous other European countries.
Hippolyte retired in 1957.
Jean-Marie Ponsot, using the plant selections started by his father, was a pioneer of clonal selection in Burgundy in the early 1960s.Many of the most respected clones of Pinot Noir (113, 114, 115, 667, etc.) came from the mother-stock planted in 1954 (and still in production) in our Clos de la Roche vineyards.
Jean-Marie Ponsot started to farm the following parcels under a métayage agreement (returning a share of the bottled harvest to the owners of the vineyard as payment):
Jacqueline Ponsot Livera, his wife, added to the estate through her inheritance of the following parcels:
- Gevrey Chambertin Cuvée de l’Abeille,
- Chapelle Chambertin.
Laurent Ponsot started working with his father Jean-Marie on the family estate and became its manager together with his sister Rose-Marie Ponsot.
He set up a new sales system, diversifying the sale of all bottled production to 44 countries. He farms the vineyards and makes wine with an emphasis on total authenticity.
Addition of several parcels from the Domaine des Chezeaux under a métayage agreement:
- Griotte Chambertin, grand cru AOC, red.
- Chambertin, grand cru AOC, red.
- Clos St Denis Cuvée Vieilles Vignes, grand cru AOC, red.
- Chambolle-Musigny Les Charmes, premier cru AOC, red.
Jean-Marie Ponsot died in April 2017.
Today, the estate continues to be an entirely family-run business, its various entities being owned by Laurent, Rose-Marie, Catherine and Stéphanie Ponsot.