Domaine du Roc des Boutires

Bourgogne, France

Pouilly-Fuissé En Bertilionne — 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

    • Exclusively coming from the terroir ‘En Bertilionne’, 0.57 hectares (1.4 acre), limestone interlaced with marl and chalk. 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. Vineyards face East/South-East.

    • Vine Age: 45-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, 28 and 29
    • Yields: 16 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: 30% stainless-steel tank and 70% oak aged for 15 months
  • Technical Information

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

    • Very complete and rich wine, with good tension.



  • Pouilly-Fuissé En Bertilionne — 2021 – Vinous – 92 Points

    “It has a discrete bouquet, reluctantly offering yellow fruit and oily aromas. A faint touch of menthol might become accentuated with bottle age. The palate is crisp, fresh, and well-balanced. A pleasant bitter lemon note counterbalances what feels like a slightly richer style of Pouilly-Fuisse. Perhaps it doesn’t fully possess the same complexity on the finish as other vintages I have tasted. Nevertheless, it will age well in bottle.”