Domaine du Roc des Boutires

Bourgogne, France

Pouilly-Fuissé – 2016

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Clay and limestone soils. The ‘vielles vignes’ of Chardonnay, located at the southern end of Burgundy, are planted between 250 and 500 meters in altitude, higher than the other AOC’s from Bourgogne. Thus, they provide both maturity and freshness to the wines.


      Selection of terroirs; 1.3 hectares (3.2 acres):
      1) ‘Barvay’: shallow soils, derived from hard limestones “with chaille”
      2) La Grange Murger’: shallow soils, derived from hard limestones “with chaille”
      3) ‘Les Lites’: Soils from marl, little calcareous, or more often very calcareous.

    • Vine Age: 35-year old vines
    • Density: 10,000 vines/hectare
  • Vintage Report

    • 2016 was an exceptional vintage for Domaine du Roc des Boutires. Yields are low due to spring hail, but there was no effect on the quality of the grapes. The wines are fresh and elegant with a long finish.

    • Harvest Date(s): September 20 to 26, 2016
    • Yields: 20 Hectoliters/hectare (1.48 tons per acre)
  • Vinification

    • The berries are driven to the pressoir by gravity, and immediately pressed with the whole bunch in order to filtrate the best and most natural way possible. Once the pressurage is done, the juices are cooled down to 46.4° F (8°C) for 2 days on average in order to make the particles fall in the tank. The cold débourbage enables to preserve the best quality and primary aromas. Malolatic fermentations are happening naturally. Bâtonnages are scarce, while barrels and tanks are used depending on the profile of the vintage.

    • Aging: 12 months on “lie fine”, 85% in stainless steel tank and 15% in new oak barrels, then 4 months in stainless-steel. French oak from the Allier forests. Medium heated.
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
    • Alcohol: 13.0%
    • Optimum Drinking: 2018-2028
  • Tasting Notes

    • Vibrant and bright color, yellow gold hints. Aromas of peach and honey in the nose. Very nice balance in mouth of lime, orange peel and citrus notes.



  • Domaine du Roc des Boutires Pouilly-Fuissé – 2016 – Wine & Spirits – 90 Points

    Clean, fragrant and creamy-rich, this wine has the juicy pineapple flavors of a New World chardonnay with a lemony savor that keeps it in the Mâcon. Generous and ripe, it’s ready to chill for roast prawns.

  • Domaine du Roc des Boutires Pouilly-Fuissé – 2016 – Jancis Robinson – 16.5/20 Points

    They have 4.8 ha (nearly 12 acres) and lots of small parcels, from 210 to 400 m, so they are blended. 80% fermented in tank and 20% in barrel. And one barrel was new. Smells more oaky and mealy than the Mâcon-Solutré 2016. More spicy. But on the palate, lots of bright pure citrus. Rich and creamy. A slight grip extends the length and heightens the freshness.

  • Domaine du Roc des Boutires Pouilly-Fuissé – 2016 – Jancis Robinson – 15.5/20

    Deep gold. A pretty 'natural' wild-yeast sort of nose – not that intense – and lots to chew on. Savoury, bone dry – not the flashy, fruity appeal of some of its peers. A very dry style.

  • Pouilly-Fuissé – 2016 – 91 Points – Wine Advocate

    "Elegant and flavorful, the 2016 Pouilly-Fuissé is a definite success from this new producer, offering up a classic bouquet of honeyed citrus fruits and spring flowers. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied."