Domaine Ponsot, based in Morey-St.-Denis, produces wine from 12 grand cru vineyards. It is the largest single owner in the grand cru Clos de la Roche. Laurent built a successful travel agency in Paris before returning to the domaine in 1981 to work with his father, Jean-Marie Ponsot, now 90.
Ownership of the domaine is shared by Laurent and his sisters Rose-Marie, Catherine and Stéphanie Ponsot. "I am still owner of 25 percent of the domaine,” Laurent said. He said he does not know who will make the wines now.
The domaine and Laurent grabbed international attention in 2008 when he stopped the sale of 22 lots of wine labeled as iconic vintages of Domaine Ponsot at an Acker Merrall & Condit auction in New York, declaring the wines counterfeit. All the wine had been consigned by Rudy Kurniawan. Ponsot testified at Kurniawan’s 2013 trial.
In March 2017 Laurent Ponsot has unexpectedly walked away from the family business. “This is not what I expected in this period of my life,” said Ponsot, 60. “I am old enough to retire, but I did not retire. I am starting a new winery with my oldest son, Clément.”