The success of a small group of growers (Domaine Rousseau among them) as one of the pioneers of Domaine bottling in the 1930s, paved the way for a great surge in quality. With the future looking rosy as several young growers start to take back plots of land from négociants, we have a lot to thank them for. Staggeringly, a quarter of Charles Rousseau’s land consists of Villages and Premier Cru sites; the rest are Grand Cru. The wines are now made by Charles's son, Eric, in the traditional way: fermented in open top vat, aged for 18 months in cask and bottled without filtration.
Although Morey chose to append St-Denis (from the Clos St Denis) to its name , Clos de la Roche is probably the finest and most renowned vineyard in the commune, a large Grand Cru spanning 16.9ha. The soil is rich in marl and the micro climate warm, a combination that gives broad, ripe, rich and very opulent wines that can be particularly flattering when young, though they age very well. It is the flagship wine of Ponsot, but many other fine examples can be found from Leroy, Rousseau, Dujac and Louis Remy.