2017 Pouilly-Fuissé, Clos Varambon, Château des Rontets, Burgundy

2017 Pouilly-Fuissé, Clos Varambon, Château des Rontets, Burgundy

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2017 Pouilly-Fuissé, Clos Varambon, Château des Rontets, Burgundy

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This outstanding Pouilly-Fuissé comes from a bijou, certified-organic domaine on the ridge between Fuissé and Vinzelles. Although walled, the Clos Varambon is a relatively cool site – a proportion of it faces north – resulting in a tense, mineral which, which winemaker/proprietors Claire and Fabio choose to age in a combination of used barrels and large oak vats. Expect bright citrus and flinty aromas, bracing acidity and a fine, saline finish. Drink now to 2022.

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Chateau Rontets

Chateau Rontets

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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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