2012 Pouilly-Fuissé, Clos des Quarts, Château des Quarts, Burgundy

2012 Pouilly-Fuissé, Clos des Quarts, Château des Quarts, Burgundy

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2012 Pouilly-Fuissé, Clos des Quarts, Château des Quarts, Burgundy

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A new joint venture from two of the top names in the White Burgundy business – Olivier Merlin and Dominique Lafon – this is benchmark Pouilly-Fuisse. Concentrated yellow fruit on the nose, with a saline minerality and fresh streak at the heart of the wine. A very fine effort for this debut vintage.
Fergus Stewart, Private Account Manager

This debut vintage – a small crop, but not ridiculously so – is exceptionally promising. There is a superb wealth of flavour, very graceful, yet also with muscle. Behind there is a steely backbone with superb length and real style. This will become a reference point for Pouilly-Fuissé.
Jasper Morris MW, Burgundy Wine Director

This domaine was created in 2012 by two of our favourite vignerons, Dominique Lafon and Olivier Merlin, who are old friends. The vineyard is being managed by Olivier Merlin and the wine made in his facility at La Roche Vineuse. The Château des Quarts itself is in semi-ruined condition but, along with the vineyard, has a marvellous position at the top of the slope looking across the valley of the Saône towards the Alps. The vineyard of 2.25ha is enclosed by high stone walls and mostly planted with old vines. This is a very exciting addition to the Mâconnais scene.

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Chateau des Quarts

Chateau des Quarts

Château des Quarts was created in 2012 by old friends Dominique Lafon and Olivier Merlin. Olivier manages the vineyard, and the wine is made at his facility in La Roche Vineuse.

This monopole vineyard of 2.23 hectares in Chaintré is surrounded by a high stone wall, facing east and overlooking the Saône Valley. The oldest parcel of vines in the Clos des Quarts was planted in 1917.

They key to their longevity is the riparia rootstock and an old-school training and pruning regime. From the ’20 vintage, the vineyard has been elevated to Premier Cru status.

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Pouilly-Fuissé is the most distinguished wine appellation in the Mâconnais, making rich, full-bodied white Burgundy from Chardonnay in four communes: Chaintré, Fuissé, Solutré-Pouilly and Vergisson. There is a move afoot to consider classifying individual vineyard sites.

Since arriving in the Mâconnais in 1987, Olivier and Corinne Merlin have become among the region’s most respected producers. After 10 years, they began buying Pouilly-Fuissé grapes, and now make three different cuvées each vintage.

Pouilly-Fuissé should not be confused with Pouilly-Fumé or Pouilly-sur-Loire in the Loire Valley that produce wines from Sauvignon Blanc.

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Chardonnay is often seen as the king of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.

Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.

It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.

Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.

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