Domaine du Roc des Boutires

Bourgogne, France

Bourgogne Blanc — 2021

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  • Introduction

    • In the village of Pouilly, in the middle of the Pouilly-Fuissé AOC lies Domaine du Roc des Boutires. The winery’s name draws on both terroir and tradition: its proximity with the Roche de Solutré, an emblem of the appellation and a testament to the extraordinary geologic richness of this vineyard; as well as the Domaine’s settlement in the very heart of one of the best terroirs of the appellation – “Aux Bouthières.” In the ancient French vocabulary, a “boutière” was a secondary road that mule skinners used for the transportation of oils and wines in remote parts of the country. The vineyard of Domaine du Roc des Boutires is only 5 kilometers (3.12 miles) west of the ancient Roman track, on a very small road that now leads to the village of Solutré, the hills of the Mâconnais and the plains of the Charolais. 

  • Vineyard Profile

    •  The Chardonnay grapes are sourced from the commune of Leynes, from the terroirs on the northern slope of the commune of Solutré, on the Bourgogne Blanc appellation. 

    • Vine Age: 30 year old vines
    • Density: 10,000 vines per hectare
  • Vintage Report

    • The harvest was late, due to a heterogeneous maturity and low yields due to spring frost and humidity. The vintage was slow but accomplished full maturity. 

  • Vinification

    • The berries are driven to the press by gravity and immediately whole-bunch-pressed. Once the press is complete, the juices are cooled down to 46.4° F (8°C) for about a month in order to make the particles fall into the tank. The cold soak preserves the best quality and primary aromas. Malolactic fermentation happens naturally. 

    • Aging: 95% in stainless steel tanks and 5% in oak barrels.
  • Technical Information

    • Alcohol: 13%
  • Tasting Notes

    • On the nose, the wine expresses fresh aromas of citrus fruits and white flowers. On the palate, the wine showcases intensity with refreshing acidity and a lively and persistent finish.