2015 Pouilly-Vinzelles, Climat Les Quarts, La Soufrandière, Bret Brothers, Burgundy

2015 Pouilly-Vinzelles, Climat Les Quarts, La Soufrandière, Bret Brothers, Burgundy

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2015 Pouilly-Vinzelles, Climat Les Quarts, La Soufrandière, Bret Brothers, Burgundy

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The first vineyard to be picked, this has a beautiful, bright, pale lemon colour. This is magical with beautiful grip. It has a touch more stuffing than the 2014 showed at the same stage but is sublimely balanced with weight, concentration drive and class. Very persistent, it is just the right side of heady. Drink 2018-2024.
Jasper Morris MW - Wine Buyer

The Bret Brothers began picking in August, the grapes being sugar ripe yet still retaining some acidity. They had finished by 7th September. These days the grapes are crushed before pressing, a technique which has sadly died out at most domaines, but adds texture and enhances the stability of the wines. The three Pouilly-Vinzelles wines are part of the Brets’ own Domaine de la Soufrandière, farmed biodynamically since they returned to the property in 2000.
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Wine Advocate91/100
Wine Advocate91/100
The 2015 Pouilly-Vinzelles Les Quarts offers up notes of ripe apple skin and honeycomb. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, ample and layered, with a generous, textural attack that's underpinned by juicy acids, concluding with a pure, mouthwatering finish. This is a generous, sun-kissed but nicely balanced Pouilly-Vinzelles that should drink well for the better part of a decade. Right now, it's a bit richer and more opulent than it seemed in barrel.
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About this WINE

Bret Bros.

Bret Bros.

Grandfather Bret bought this property in Vinzelles in 1947. In 2000 Jean-Philippe and Jean-Guillaume Bret took their vineyards out of the local co-operative and established their Domaine de la Soufrandière (see here for the wine selection from la Soufrandière) with 4 hectares of vines entirely in the appellation of Pouilly Vinzelles. They have also developed a negociant activity using the name Bret Brothers.

Previous experience between them includes stages at Ridge and Newton in California and Comte Lafon in Burgundy. Most of their vines are in a perfectly situated east facing slope of Vinzelles called Les Quarts, on Bajocian limestone with a high silica/quartz content.

The vineyards have been farmed organically since 2000, with biodynamic principles being progressively introduced. The grapes, both their own and those purchased, are picked in small containers, then whole bunch pressed in the tinailler (local Maconnais and Beaujolais word for cuverie) before descending by gravity to the barrel cellar. They are currently all taken out of barrel for bottling after 11 months.

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Pouilly Vinzelles

Pouilly Vinzelles


Pouilly-Vinzelles is a small appellation in the Mâconnais region of Burgundy, situated next to the famous Pouilly-Fuissé appellation, and the Pouilly-Loché area, which is often regarded as a sub-region of Pouilly-Vinzelles itself.
 
As with Pouilly-Loché, Pouilly-Vinzelles shares the name with the famous town of Pouilly, and as such the two appellations benefit from the association with the established name of Pouilly-Fuissé. Pouilly-Vinzelles concerns itself entirely with the production of white wine from Chardonnay, resulting in a very typical but high-quality Burgundian white, with notes of fruit and slight minerality, much like the whites of its immediate neighbours.

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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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