Pouilly-Fuissé – 2017
Clay and limestone soils. The ‘vielles vignes’ of Chardonnay, located at the southern end of Burgundy, are planted between 250 and 500 meters in altitude, higher than the other AOC’s from Bourgogne. Thus, they provide both maturity and freshness to the wines.
Selection of terroirs; 1.3 hectares (3.2 acres):
1) ‘Barvay’: shallow soils, derived from hard limestones “with chaille”
2) La Grange Murger’: shallow soils, derived from hard limestones “with chaille”
3) ‘Les Lites’: Soils from marl, little calcareous, or more often very calcareous.
- Vine Age: 35-year old vines
- Density: 10,000 vines/hectare
- Yields: 50 Hectoliters/hectare (3.6 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 fermentations are happening naturally. Bâtonnages are scarce, while barrels and tanks are used depending on the profile of the vintage.
- Aging: 16 months on “lie fine”, 80% in stainless steel tanks and 20% in oak barrels. French oak from the Tronçais forests. Medium heated.
- Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
- Alcohol: 13.0%
- Optimum Drinking: 2019-2028
Vibrant and bright color, yellow gold hints. Aromas of peach and honey in the nose. Very nice balance in mouth of lime, orange peel and citrus notes.
Domaine du Roc des Boutires Pouilly-Fuissé – 2017 – Wine & Spirits – 94 Points
From a domaine under the Solutré hill, this selection has the classical proportions of a finely grown Pouilly-Fuissé. It benefits from the district’s complex terroir: A blend from three parcels totaling 3.2 acres, some of the vines grow in shallow soils over hard limestone rock, some of them in sedimentary, calcareous marl. The depth and detail of the wine’s earthiness and fruit flavors are impressive, with sweet notes of nectarines and yellow apples in the context of savory limestone acidity...
Domaine du Roc des Boutires Pouilly-Fuissé – 2017 – The Wine Advocate – 92 Points
The 2017 Pouilly-Fuissé opens in the glass with an attractive bouquet of confit citrus, Anjou pear and blanched almonds. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, deep and fleshy, with ripe acids, a nicely concentrated core of fruit and good tension at the core despite its expressive profile.
Domaine du Roc des Boutires Pouilly-Fuissé – 2017 – Jancis Robinson – 16 Points
Impressive intensity for a village wine, lots of bright citrus and freshness. Pure fruited and well sustained with a stony, mouth-watering aftertaste.
Domaine du Roc des Boutires Pouilly-Fuissé – 2017 – Vinous – 90 Points
The 2017 Pouilly-Fuissé is matured half in stainless steel and half in barrel. There is a strong oyster shell, marine influence on the nose that is very attractive. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, good salinity with a twist of sour lemon on the finish. This delivers everything you want from a Pouilly-Fuissé and if you can resist its charms it should give several years of drinking pleasure.