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. 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. It 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.

New to our list this year is the Pouilly-Fuissé ‘En Bertilionne’, a lieu-dit located right in the heart of Pouilly Fuissé. The vines grow just in front of the famous ‘Roche de Solutré’ at 270 metres altitude and border ‘Aux Bouthières’, a lieu-dit destined for Premier Cru status from the 2020 harvest. Unusually for Pouilly-Fuissé, where much of the soil is clay dominant, ‘En Bertilionne’ is rich in limestone, resulting in a wine of great structure and finesse. It is aged two thirds in stainless steel and one third in used oak, allowing the purity of the fruit to shine through. Concentrated flavours of citrus fruit, apricots and white flowers are perfectly balanced on the palate with bright acidity, this is an elegant and refined Pouilly-Fuissé.

 

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