2018 Pouilly-Vinzelles, Climat Les Quarts, La Soufrandière, Bret Brothers, Burgundy

2018 Pouilly-Vinzelles, Climat Les Quarts, La Soufrandière, Bret Brothers, Burgundy

Product: 20181080519
2018 Pouilly-Vinzelles, Climat Les Quarts, La Soufrandière, Bret Brothers, Burgundy

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From vines aged over 80 years old and located in the mid-slope sweet spot of this vineyard, this is beautifully balanced. The nose is a cocktail of apple, citrus and a touch of peach, while the palate is intensely fresh with spine-tingling acidity that emerges from the mid-palate and stretches the wine to a long, tangy, mentholated finish. Drink 2021-2028.

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A cool, pure and elegant nose reflects notes of petrol, white orchard fruit, floral and pretty citrus wisps. The medium-bodied flavors possess a lovely sense of energy and particularly so in the context of the 2018 vintage, all wrapped in an overtly stony, clean, markedly dry and precise finish. This too is lovely and the mouthfeel is akin to rolling rocks around in the mouth.

Drink 2024+

Burghound (Oct 2020) Read more
Jancis Robinson MW17/20
Very chewy. Very rich, very tense and very young. Reminds me a little of Thévenet’s botrytised Mâconnais Chardonnay but there was no botrytis element here.

Drink 2024-2036

Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com (Jan 2020) Read more
Tim Atkin MW93/100
Les Quarts is a 4ha parcel from which the Bret brothers make a quartet of different wines, including this one. Fermented in older oak, it's all about fruit focus, intensity and concentration, with subtle thatch and lanolin aromas, a hint of stony reduction and lovely palate length. Another wine from the Domaine de la Soufrandière that will age convincingly.

Drink 2023-2028

Tim Atkin, Decanter (Oct 2018) Read more

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 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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