2013 Pouilly-Fuissé, Clos des Quarts, Château des Quarts, Burgundy

2013 Pouilly-Fuissé, Clos des Quarts, Château des Quarts, Burgundy

Product: 20131448722
2013 Pouilly-Fuissé, Clos des Quarts, Château des Quarts, Burgundy

Description

Château des Quarts in Pouilly-Fuissé is a monopole site, with a large percentage of old vines going back to 1917, regarded as the appellation’s best terroir. Since 2012, the property has been in the hands of Olivier Merlin (“the wizard of the Mâconnais”) and Dominique Lafon (perhaps one of the best white winemakers in the world).

Very graceful on the nose, this has a sense of real class with some luxurious, opulent notes pushing through. It has the typically sunny feeling of wines from Chaintré and there is huge weight through the middle, backed up by some classy and well integrated oak. This is seriously delicious wine with exceptional weight behind.
 
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Burghound91/100
Burghound91/100
There is a noticeable touch of exoticism to the airy but ripe nose of citrus, white peach and essence of pear aromas. The beautifully delineated medium-bodied flavors ooze minerality before culminating in an overtly, agreeably dry and saline finish that is so stony that it is almost Chablis-like. I very much like the sense of harmony here and this beautiful effort should age well over the medium-term. Drink: 2019+.
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About this WINE

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 Fuisse

Pouilly Fuisse

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

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the "Big Daddy" 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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