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: 20 Hectoliters/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 fermentations 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”, 85% in stainless steel tank and 15% in new oak barrels, then 4 months in stainless-steel. French oak from the Allier 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.