Domaine du Roc des Boutires

Burgundy, France

Pouilly-Fuissé Vers Cras – 2017

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Exclusively coming from the terroir ‘Vers Cras’:1.619 hectares (0.4 acres), 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 others AOC from Bourgogne. Thus, they provide both maturity and freshness to the wines.

    • Size: 1.619 hectares / .4 acres
    • Vine Age: 50-year old vines
    • Density: 10,000 vines/hectare
  • Vintage Report

    • 2017 is a good vintage. The wines are powerful, rich and balanced.

    • Yields: 50 hectoliters per hectare (3.6 tons per acre)
    • Average Yields: Harvest by hand and led to the cuvage in small 30 liters cases
  • 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 fermenta-tions are happening naturally. Bâtonnages are scarce, while barrels and tanks are used depending on the profile of the vintage.

    • Aging: 16 months on “lie fine”, 100% oak barrels.
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
    • Production (in cases): 1,500 bottles
    • Alcohol: 13.0%
    • Optimum Drinking: 2019-2029



  • Domaine du Roc des Boutires Pouilly-Fuissé Vers Cras – 2017 – The Wine Advocate – 91 Points

    The 2017 Pouilly-Fuissé Vers Cras bursts with aromas of fresh peaches, golden orchard fruits, Meyer lemon and nutmeg. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, ample and enveloping, with a textural attack, a fleshy core and an expansive finish. This is a generous, elegantly textural Vers Cras that is already drinking well.

  • Domaine du Roc des Boutires Pouilly-Fuissé Vers Cras – 2017 – Vinous – 92 Points

    The 2017 Pouilly-Fuissé Vers Cras sports a lucid pale straw hue with green tints. It has quite a rich bouquet for Vers Cras with traces of wild honey and honeysuckle infusing the vivid citrus fruit, reminiscent of a fine Chassagne-Montrachet in some ways. Very good definition. The palate is very well balanced with a fine line of acidity that counterbalances the richness locked into this Vers Cras. It is not the most mineral driven wine that I have encountered from this outstanding vineyard, yet it is vivacious and full of tension on the finish, hints of pineapple and stem gingers tingling on t