La Soufrandière Pouilly-Vinzelles 2016

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About This Wine

If you're wondering why you may not have heard much about Pouilly-Vinzelles, consider this - while the neighbouring Pouilly-Fuissé has 750-hectares under vine, the tiny Pouilly-Vinzelles AOC has a meagre 50-hectares! This is why we see so little of it and why there is so little noise around it. Nonetheless it is a wonderful terroir. The rocky slopes and cooler microclimate here result in wines with more structural definition than you typically find in the wines of Fuissé. But we are generalising as always. Here we have a wine that is grown in one of the Mâcon's very best sites, Les Quarts is sectioned up into four lieux-dits (or historic place names): Haut, Bas, Clocheton and Les Quarts Touches. Although it varies, in 2016, this cuvée mostly comes from the younger vines of the Clocheton parcel. It was picked on 28th and 29th August, was vinified in both steel tank (70%) and the balance in old barrels. The Domaine uses only used oak by the way, with an average age of 10-12 years. As well as ex-Laflaive and Lafon barrels, they are also buying used 300-litre casks from Olivier Lamy. This is a pretty, juicy, tangy, again beautifully fresh white Burg, with vivid purity of jasmine, apple and nectarine fruit and some subtle spice as well. There's a fabulous, mouth-watering balance between texture and tension, and the finish is crystalline and super refreshing. A truly pretty and mineral Vinzelles.

Type White Wine
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Country France
Region Burgundy
Appellation Maconnais
Brand La Soufrandiere
Vintage 2016

Wines from Burgundy

A legendary wine region setting the benchmark for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay worldwide. In the Jurassic time period, the area was part of a vast, tropical sea. Over hundreds of millions of years, the seabed transformed into various layers of limestone, sandstone and clay soils that have entrapped the fossils of ancient sea creatures. These soils are the secret behind the zesty minerality that Burgundy wines are famous for.

Burgundy is probably the most terroir-centric wine region in France. Huge emphasis is placed on the specific vineyard, soil type, elevation, and angle of slope where the wines were made. This is reflected on the wine's labels where appellations are more prominently displayed compared to the producers’ names.

The most prestigious wines of the region come from a long and narrow escarpment called the Côte d'Or split into the Côte de Nuits to the north and the Côte de Beaune to the south. Côte de Nuits produces many of the world’s finest Pinot Noir’s, all but one of Burgundy’s red Grand Crus are made in this area. Whilst interestingly, the opposite is true for the Côte de Beaune where all but one of the Chardonnay Grand Crus are made. From this information it may seem you should be buying a Pinot from the North and Chardonnay from the south, that is only true for the pinnacle of Burgundian wines. Both outstanding reds and whites are produced throughout the Côte d'Or.

In Burgundy, they use a wine quality tier system that goes:
Grand Crus 1.4% of total production
Premier (1er) Crus 10.2% of total production
Appellations Villages 37.3% of total production
Appellations Regionales 51.1% of total production

When one refers to “Burgundy wines” they are usually talking about those produced in and around the Côte d'Or. While the Chardonnay’s from Chablis and the Gamay’s from Beaujolais are formally apart of the Burgundy wine region, those subregions are generally referred to by their own names rather than being considered “Burgundy wines”.

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