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Barton & Guestier Pouilly-Fuisse 2000

Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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    Situated at the southern end of Burgundy, the Pouilly-Fuissé region is the most renowned of those in the Mâcon region. The vines grow in five villages: Pouilly, Fuissé, Chaintré, Vergisson and Solutré. The soil is composed of chalk and marl, typical of the five localities. The wines are made from the Chardonnay grape as are all the great white Burgundies. VINTAGE In Burgundy 1998 is truly "the year of the winegrower," a difficult and irregular vintage. From the beginning of the year a series of climatic challenges followed each other: spring frosts and hailstorms reduced the volume of the crop in some zones of the Mâcon region; a long lasting flowering was the cause of irregular ripening and a rainy month of July provoked mildew. August, on the other hand, was extremely hot, which allowed rapid color change and a promising start to the ripening process. The rain fell at the beginning and the end of September, with sun-filled days in between. Harvest took place during this time under excellent conditions. In Pouilly Fuissé harvest began on September 19th and the quality of the grapes, which had been exceptional at the start of the month, was good in spite of a slight dilution due to rain the previous week. WINEMAKING The grapes were pressed immediately on reaching the cellar. The must was allowed to settle for a few hours at cellar temperature in order to obtain very clear juice. Alcoholic fermentation took place in concrete and wooden vats. The malolactic fermentation occurred in the spring, following the harvest. The wines were then racked, fined and filtered before bottling. WINEMAKER NOTES Brilliant, pale straw yellow color. Fine and elegant aromas dominated by flower and fruit (white peaches) aromas, with mint flavors appearing if the glass is swirled. The wine has a relatively light structure, but is well balanced with a strong floral finish.

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    The company's founder, Thomas Barton, left his native Ireland and emigrated to Bordeaux when he was just 30 years old. He was a true adventurer, looking to make his fortune, and founded a shipping company in 1725. The first barrels of wine were naturally exported to Ireland, which, along with Holland, was the biggest market for Bordeaux in the early 18th century. Very quickly, his efforts brought an unbelievable level of prosperity. He was the first shipper to have his own wine estates. By 1747, Thomas Barton was considered Bordeaux’s number one shipper. His loyal clients nicknamed him "French Tom".

    His family, his associates and his successors followed his example. In 1802, his grandson, Hugh Barton, teamed up with his friend Daniel Guestier, a French shipowner, to create Barton & Guestier. Both men's children and grandchildren went into the business, until the mid-20th century. Today, a dedicated team and over a hundred distributors continue to develop the Barton & Guestier brand worldwide. Barton & Guestier wines are widely recognized throughout the world as wines of excellent quality and tremendous value. The list of wines has also grown to include a broad range of classics from the greatest wine regions of France.

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