Pouilly-Fuissé "Les Vieux Murs" 2012

SKU/Code: 
DB0120-12
Product Line: 
White
Varietal: 
Chardonnay
Country: 
France
Region: 
Burgundy
Farming Type: 
Sustainable
Charlet

The grapes for this wine come from two sites that cover 9 hectares total. The grapes from the village of Fuissé give the wine elegance and roundness, and the fruit from Solutré give the wine minerality and acidity.  No pesticides or herbicides are used in the vineyards and the grapes are harvested by hand. The vines are on average 50 years-old.

The wine is fermented and aged 1/3 in new barrels, 1/3 in used barrels and 1/3 in stainless steel tanks. Starting the fermentation in barrel makes the flavors from the wood more delicate and discreet and adds roundness on the palette. Malolactic fermentation finishes naturally at the end of winter and the wines are aged for 9 months before the final blend is made.

 

 

91 points
"The Pouilly-Fuissé bottlings from Jacques Charlet are produced by the Barbet family, owners of the superb St. Amour estate of Domaine des Billards (amongst other properties in Beaujolais and the Mâconnais). The Charlet family is related by marriage to the Barbets and was the original owner of Domaine des Billards. The Jacques Charlet bottlings are produced from purchased grapes from several vigneron families in the region that the Barbets have known for decades, with the old vine bottling hailing from vines averaging fifty years of age and all picked by hand. The wine is fermented and raised in a combination of one-third new wood, one-third older casks and one-third stainless steel tanks. The 2012 version offers up a deep and serious nose of apple, pear, lovely nuttiness, a fine base of chalky soil tone, dried flowers and a discreet base of buttery oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and beautifully balanced, with crisp acids, lovey focus and grip and a long, poised and vibrant finish. This is a lovely bottle of Pouilly-Fuissé! 2015-2020."
John Gilman,
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