White, Ready, but will improve

2016 Pouilly-Vinzelles, Les Quarts, Dom. de la Soufrandière, Bret Bros

2016 Pouilly-Vinzelles, Les Quarts, Dom. de la Soufrandière, Bret Bros

White | Ready, but will improve | Code:  46741 | 2016 | France > Burgundy > The Maconnais > Pouilly Vinzelles | Chardonnay | Medium Bodied, Dry | 12.5 % alcohol

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The Wine Advocate

92/100

The Wine Advocate - Tasted from bottle, the 2016 Pouilly-Vinzelles Les Quarts is more expressive than when I encountered it during its maturation, offering up a projected bouquet of peach, honeysuckle and verbena that's beautifully pure and fragrant. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, with delicate textural gloss and a bright line of succulent acidity, concluding with a sapid, mouthwatering finish. Even though the nose is wide open, in the mouth this is still a little wound up after its bottling, and another six months of bottle age should reveal more texture and dimension. The Bret family own fully four hectares in the upper part of the climat Les Quarts, their vines averaging 70 years of age, and this is the domaines emblematic cuve.
William Kelley - 31/08/2018

The Grape

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.

The Region

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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