La Soufrandière Pouilly-Vinzelles Les Longeays 2017

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About This Wine

Les Longeays is a continuation of the Les Quarts hillside. La Soufrandière has 0.55-hectares of vines here and they were planted in 1971. While Les Quarts faces east, with a stunning panorama over the Saône, Longeays wraps around the contour of the Vinzelles hill as it turns east/south east. It's therefore a warmer site and can be harvested as much as a week before Les Quarts. Also there is a soil change. Unlike Les Quarts, where the limestone lies close to the surface, Longeays has metres of deep red clay before the vines hit the mother rock. Given these deeper, clay-rich soils, you might be surprised by the electric mineral intensity of this cuvée. Yes there's plenty of texture and depth of fruit but it is all balanced by wonderful minerality and juicy acidity as well a nip of phenolic bite. Expect aromas and flavours of citrus rind, ripe stone fruits and pine, as well as a smoky, iodine tone that might remind some tasters of the Jura. When it all comes together, this will be quite something.

Type White Wine
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Country France
Region Burgundy
Appellation Maconnais
Brand La Soufrandiere
Vintage 2017

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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