Pouilly-Fuissé Aux Bouthières – 2017
Exclusively coming from the terroir ‘Aux Bouthières’, 0.66 hectares (1.6 acre) deep, with clay, non calcareous, derived from residual clays “with chaille.” The ‘vielles vignes’ of Chardonnay, located at the southern end of Burgundy, are planted between 250 and 500 meters in altitude, higher than the others AOC from Bourgogne. Thus, they provide both maturity and freshness to the wines.
- Vine Age: 55-year old vines
- Density: 10,000 vines/hectare
- Yields: 20 hectoliters per hectare (1.48 tons per acre)
- Average Yields: Harvest by hand and led to the cuvage in small 30 liters cases
The berries are driven to the pressoir by gravity, and immediately pressed with the whole bunch in order to filtrate the best and most natural way possible. Once the pressurage is done, the juices are cooled down to 46.4° F (8°C) for 2 days on average in order to make the particles fall in the tank. The cold débourbage enables to preserve the best quality and primary aromas. Malolatic fermenta-tions are happening naturally. Bâtonnages are scarce, while barrels and tanks are used depending on the profile of the vintage.
- Aging: 12 months on “lie fine”, 100% oak aged with 30% new barrels, then 4 months in stainless-steel. French oak from the Allier forests. Medium heated.
- Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
- Production (in cases): 1,700 bottles and 100 wax-top magnums
- Alcohol: 13.0%
- Optimum Drinking: 2018-2028
Vibrant straw, green-gold hints. Aromas of true complexity: citrus and orchard fruit, lemon, greengage, pear, peach and honey all mineral wrapped with a subtle oak. Linear yet rich. Classic and elegant.
Domaine du Roc des Boutires Pouilly-Fuissé Aux Bouthières – 2017 – Jancis Robinson – 17/20
A little more creamy/mealy than the En Bertilionne, a little less spice in the aroma. Fuller in the mouth, more power and intensity to the fruit but no loss of freshness. This is very classy Pouilly-Fuissé with a long finish and good ageing potential...