La Soufrandiere Pouilly Vinzelles is from the family’s much loved Les Quartz vineyard. The young fruit and declassified parcels make up this blend. 66% tank ferment. This is savoury and very much of the earth with nice weight. Bold acid and citrus. This wine is a hint simple but in a good way because everything that is there is glorious. Drink over the next three year with comte.
La Soufrandiere Pouilly Vinzelles 2019, and all wines are eligible for at least 5% off any six bottles. And 10% off any 12 bottles. Some wines will be at a more significant discount and not subject to further discounts.
La Soufrandiere is wine from the family estate that started being produced in 1999. La Soufrandiere consists of 6 hectare in Pouilly Vinzelle and Macon Vinzelle that are certified biodynamic. The wines are poised and elegant, and defined. Bret Brothers is a negoce business started in 2001 by the family. They harvest 10 hectares across Macon to make 27 cuvees. Both sides of the business are made with passion and care and after tasting no less than 11 wines made from Chardonnay I can tell you they were all discernibly different. The Bret Brothers Macon-Uzichy is great for immediate drinking and their Pouilly Fuisse Les Chevrieres is in need of a few years. In the La Soufrandiere range, it becomes harder to separate them. But having been to their Les Quarts vineyard, I am pulled to its freshness and power. La Soufrandiere Estate Pouilly Vinzelles is from the same Les Quarts vineyard and is better for younger drinking.
La Soufrandiere Pouilly Vinzelles 2019 Wine Review
“This is sufficiently reduced to push what appears to be very ripe fruit to the background. Otherwise there is lovely intensity and plenty of minerality to the well-delineated flavors that conclude in a refreshing, even zippy, finale. This is not especially dense, but I like both the texture and delivery.”
The forgotten link in Burgundy. There is a lot of wine made here almost exclusively from Chardonnay (especially when talking quality wine). What Macon does have, is a large amount of switched on winemakers who are working to improve the area’s image and overall quality.
The classic part of Burgundy, known as the Cote D’Or (the slope of gold), is essentially one vineyard that is 60km long and maybe 5km at its widest. From this limestone ridge, some of the most complex, long-lived and aromatic wines are produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Cistercian monks who owned the land codified the entire region, and so each small plot has a name.
The grape that you can plant anywhere, in any climate and do anything to, and it will still taste like an OK wine. When people hit the sweet spot of site, climate, cropping and winemaking, Chardonnay becomes a magical wine that will age gracefully but charm you at any age. Chardonnays can range from cool-climate lean and citrusy to warmer climate tropical and overt. Oak and lees can add flavouring, as can malolactic fermentation.
The land that so many New World (not European) wine producers look to emulate. To generalise about French wine, I would say it is savoury, lighter-bodied wines. They are the definition of elegant, complex. There are many styles, though. And there is a French wine for every palate. They lead the world in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Burgundy. Sparkling Wine in Champagne. Cabernet and Merlot in Bordeaux. Syrah(Shiraz) and Grenache in the Rhone Valley. Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Pinot Gris in Alsace. Sauvignon Blanc, and Chenin Blanc in the Loire Valley. Gamay in Beaujolais.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is impressive. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
It is interesting to know that you can make white wine from almost any grape. The colour comes from the skins, and if there is no contact, there is no colour. White wines tend to be delicate, perfumed, higher in acid and lower in alcohol. It seems for this and many other reasons, it is hard to make an incredibly impressive white wine. But those that have mastered the art are indeed some of the best winemakers in the world.
It is a falsehood to think that white wine does not age as well as red wine. But it is correct that white wine, as a rule, doesn’t age for as long.
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