La Soufrandière Climat Les Quarts Pouilly-Vinzelles 2019
$105.60 inc GST
Biodynamic. Here we have a wine that is grown in one of Mâcon’s very best sites: Les Quarts is sectioned into four lieux-dits (or historic place names): Haut, Bas, Le Clocheton and Les Quarts Touches. This is blend of those parcels which do not make it into La Soufrandière’s Les Quarts cuvée. Planted at 230 metres altitude on classic Bajocian clay and Jurassic limestone soil, this beautiful slope has been certified biodynamic since 2006.
The 2019 was vinified mainly in tank (80%) and older barriques (20%). The Domaine uses no new oak by the way, with the barrels in the cellar having an average age of 10 to 12 years. As well as ex-Leflaive and Lafon barrels, the Bret brothers also buy used 300-litre casks from Olivier Lamy.
Handpicked on September 12 to preserve freshness, this is up there with the Domaine’s striking and precise 2010. Pure and delineated on the nose, there are notes of white stone fruits, pear skin, spring flowers and orange blossom together with a mineral, wet stone character. The palate is so refined, with palpable vigour, satin texture and great endurance. As always with this wine, there’s a beautiful, tonic freshness running throughout. A standout.
“A cuvée of declassified Les Quarts, the 2019 Pouilly-Vinzelles offers up aromas of sweet orchard fruit, meadow blossom and clear honey. Medium to full-bodied, satiny and layered, with fine concentration and bright acids, it's charming and expressive.”90 PointsThe Wine Advocate