Domaine du Roc des Boutires

Burgundy, France

Pouilly-Fuissé En Bertilionne – 2016

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Exclusively coming from the terroir ‘En Bertilionne’, 0.57 hectares (1.4 acre), limestones with shoals of marl, a little chalky, very chalky deep. 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: 35-year old vines
    • Density: 10,000 vines/hectare
  • Vintage Report

    • 2016 was an exceptional vintage for Domaine du Roc des Boutires. Yields are low due to spring hail, but there was no effect on the quality of the grapes. The wines are fresh and elegant with a long finish.

    • Harvest Date(s): September 20 to 26, 2016
    • Yields: 20 hectoliters per hectare (1.48 tons per acre)
  • Vinification

    • 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.
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
    • Production (in cases): 1,900 bottles
    • Alcohol: 13.0%
    • Optimum Drinking: 2018-2028
  • Tasting Notes

    • Vibrant and bright color, yellow gold hints. Mineral, flint aromas with pear and peach hints. Mouth is intense, long with a great mouthwatering finish and citrus notes. Very refined.

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Reviews

  • Domaine du Roc des Boutires Pouilly-Fuissé En Bertilionne – 2016 – Vinous – 91 Points

    The 2016 Pouilly-Fuissé En Bertilionne has a wonderful, crisp, flinty bouquet with precise Granny Smith apple and freshly sliced pear aromas. A real citric drive, you can really inhale the terroir here. The palate is very well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, taut and linear but with commendable weight and persistence towards the finish, just a touch of spice lingering on the aftertaste. Superb. Tasted at Flint Wines' Value Burgundy tasting.

  • Domaine du Roc des Boutires Pouilly-Fuissé En Bertilionne – 2016 – Jancis Robinson – 17/20

    Really lively, lifted nose with sweet, very bright fruit. Racy with a certain chalkiness of texture on the end. Some persistence.

  • Domaine du Roc des Boutires Pouilly-Fuissé En Bertilionne – 2016 – Wineanorak.com – 95 Points

    This is just so precise, combining delicacy and concentration. Refined and ex pressive with fine citrus notes, some pear and white peach, and a fine, pithy, spicy bite adding interest. The oak is perfectly integrated with the nice, fine-grained fruit

  • En Bertilionne – 2016 – 91 Points – Wine Advocate

    "The 2016 Pouilly-Fuissé En Bertillonne is a bit more structured and also a bit more marked by wood than the domaine's regular Pouilly-Fuissé, but it's also very appealing, offering up notes of peaches, beeswax and honeysuckle."

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