Domaine du Roc des Boutires

Bourgogne, France

Pouilly-Fuissé Aux Bouthières — 2020

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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

    • Exclusively coming from the terroir ‘Aux Bouthières’, 0.66 hectares (1.6 acre). Soils are deep, with clay, and interlaced with pieces of shale. The vineyard was officially classified as Premier Cru in 2020. Planted at an elevation of 275m (902 ft.) Vineyard orientation is East/South-East.

    • Vine Age: 75-year old vines
    • Density: 10,000 vines/hectare
  • Vintage Report

    • Early budburst at the end of March follow by little rain in May before flowering on the 20th. 12 days earlier than last 30 years average. The summer was an alternation of hot and cold temperature with little rain deficit, compensated by our clay-limesone vineyard. The harvest was early (reflecting the vegetative development) but also shorter than the previous years, due to an impressive homogeneity of maturity between the terroirs. The cool nights led to high levels of acidity at the beginning of maturation, for a very good final result. Finally, 2020, which was a solar vintage with an outstanding sanitary quality, has shown an excellent harvesting potential, for both quality and quantity.

    • Harvest Date(s): August 31 to September 8
    • Yields: 50 hl/ha (3.6 tons/acre)
  • Vinification

    • The berries are driven to the press by gravity, and immediately pressed as whole bunches. Once the juice is extracted, the juices are cooled down to 8°C (46.4° F) for 2 days on average in order to make the particles fall in the tank. The cold débourbage preserves the best quality and primary aromas. Malolactic fermentation happens naturally. Aging on fine lees.

    • Aging: 16 months on fine lees, 70% stainless-steel tanks and 30% aged oak. French oak from the Tronçais forests. Medium toasted.
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
    • Alcohol: 13.0%
    • Optimum Drinking: 2022-2032
  • Tasting Notes

    • Color can be described as vibrant straw with green-gold reflections. Complex aromas of citrus and orchard fruit, lemon, pear, peach and honey with layers of minerality and subtle oak. Classic and elegant.



  • Pouilly-Fuissé Aux Bouthières — 2020 – Wine Enthusiast – 92 Points

    “Aromas of tangerine skin interlaced with delicate white flowers are beautifully framed by vanilla pod and almond. The mirroring palate carries precise layers of citrus zest, orange oil, warm baking spices, raw almonds, and vanilla extract. The oak spice frames the fruit beautifully and yields to a light tangerine skin finish.”