Domaine du Roc des Boutires

Bourgogne, France

Pouilly-Fuissé — 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 of Via Agrippa, on a very small road which now leads to the village of Solutré, the hills of the Mâconnais and the plains of the Charolais.

  • 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 from Bourgogne. Thus, they provide both maturity and freshness to the wines.

      Selection of terroirs:

      1) ‘A La Roue’: deep clay soils (no-limestone), from residual clay “with chailles”

      2) ‘Barvay’: shallow soils, derived from limestone “with chailles”

      3) ‘Aux Combes’: fine soils of clay and limestone

      4) ‘Les Lites’: Soils from marl, with a dispersed amount of calcareous soil

      5) ‘Vers Cras’: Clay-limestone soils.

    • Grape Source: 100% Chardonnay
    • Vine Age: 45 to 50-year old vines
    • Density: 10,000 vines/hectare
  • Vintage Report

    • A late year with heterogeneous maturity and low yields due to spring frost and humidity. Slow but accomplished maturity.

    • Harvest Date(s): September 21, September 28-29
    • Yields: 33 hl/ha (3.6 tons/acre)
  • Vinification

    • The grapes are pressed as soon as the harvest arrives; the press is filled by gravity, whole bunch pressing. Settling at low temperature (8°C), Slow fermentation at low temperature for about 1 month. Malolactic over 6 months.

    • Aging: 70% stainless-steel tank and 30% oak aged for 11 months
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
    • Alcohol: 13.0%
    • TA: 3.5 g/L
    • p H: 3.40
  • Tasting Notes

    • Richer than the Bourgogne Blanc, the Pouilly retains a nice freshness thanks to the saline notes that appear on the finish.



  • Pouilly Fuissé — 2021 – Wine Spectator – 93 Points

    "Lush and creamy, featuring vanilla, butterscotch, peach, apple and lemon flavors. Turns more focused as this cruises to the long, spice- and mineral-tinged finish. Delivers excellent harmony and energy."

  • Pouilly-Fuissé — 2021 – Vinous – 90 Points

    '“The nose is well defined with yellow plum and light waxy aromas, a little Conference pear emerging with time. The palate is well balanced with green apple,l pear and nuanced stony notes. Light on its feet and tensile, there is fine nervosite toward the finish. The 2021 is a cool, calm, collected Pouilly-Fuisse to enjoy over the next decade.”