Domaine du Roc des Boutires

Burgundy, burgundy France

Domaine du Roc des Boutires has been owned by the Parinet family of Château du Moulin-à-Vent since 2016. They have injected energy and dynamism into this domaine and are now making outstanding wines. Situated in the heart of the Pouilly-Fuissé appellation, the domaine takes its name both from its proximity to the excellent ‘Aux Bouthières’ vineyard and the famous ‘Roche de Solutré’, a limestone escarpment which overlooks the commune of Solutré-Pouilly. ‘La Roche de Solutré’ is testament to the extraordinary geological richness of the surrounding vineyards and has become an emblem of the region. So impressive is its stature, the locals have nicknamed it the ‘Sphinx of the Mâconnais’.

The domaine has 4.2 hectares of Chardonnay planted across Pouilly and the surrounding villages. Mâcon-Solutré is a very small appellation, measuring just 50 hectares in total. The grapes for this wine come from 0.6 hectares planted across three, east-facing vineyards in Solutré-Pouilly. The vines are 45 years old and are planted on predominantly clay soils at altitudes ranging between 210 - 430 metres above sea level, a position which lends great freshness to the finished wines.

Harvest typically takes place over four days, with all of the grapes picked by hand and transferred to the winery in small, six kilogram crates. Each plot is vinified separately, an approach championed by winemaker Brice Laffond, who also makes the wines of Château du Moulin-à-Vent. Whole bunches are pressed immediately upon arriving at the winery, after which the must is chilled to 8°C and left to settle for two days. The Mâcon-Solutré is fermented 60% in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks and 40% in three-year-old, French oak barrels. The wine is aged for 11 months before blending and bottling. This Mâcon-Solutré is expressive on the nose with notes of tropical fruits, lemon zest and buttered toast. It is richly textured on the palate with lifted acidity, which brings great balance and freshness to the finished wine.

 

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