Chateau de Poncie Cuvee 949 Fleurie 2018
This blend creates a very lovely and elegant wine, perfectly balanced with notes of blueberry and violet.
Chateau de Poncié is one of the oldest and most renowned estates in Fleurie, dating back to 949 AD and producing some of the finest wines from the best terroirs in Fleurie. At the end of the 19th century, Chateau de Poncié wines were even sold at the same price as those of Clos Vougeot! Today, Joseph Bouchard oversees the viticulture and Frédéric Weber, Bouchard Père & Fils Cellar Master, the winemaking and ageing in a pure Burgundian style. All barrels used at the domain come from Bouchard Père & Fils in Beaune, seasoned by the ageing of several vintages.
Chateau de Poncié joined the Henriot family portfolio in 2008.
“Through precise vinification and careful assemblage of the multiple terroirs, we create wines with delicate balance between finesse and silkiness in a more Burgundian style - A homage to the Fleurie wines of the past.” - Frédéric Weber, Bouchard Père & Fils and Chateau de Poncié Cellar Master
The bucolic region often identified as the southern part of Burgundy, Beaujolais actually doesn’t have a whole lot in common with the rest of the region in terms of climate, soil types and grape varieties. Beaujolais achieves its own identity with variations on style of one grape, Gamay.
Gamay was actually grown throughout all of Burgundy until 1395 when the Duke of Burgundy banished it south, making room for Pinot Noir to inhabit all of the “superior” hillsides of Burgundy proper. This was good news for Gamay as it produces a much better wine in the granitic soils of Beaujolais, compared with the limestone escarpments of the Côte d’Or.
Four styles of Beaujolais wines exist. The simplest, and one that has regrettably given the region a subpar reputation, is Beaujolais Nouveau. This is the Beaujolais wine that is made using carbonic maceration (a quick fermentation that results in sweet aromas) and is released on the third Thursday of November in the same year as harvest. It's meant to drink young and is flirty, fruity and fun. The rest of Beaujolais is where the serious wines are found. Aside from the wines simply labelled, Beaujolais, there are the Beaujolais-Villages wines, which must come from the hilly northern part of the region, and offer reasonable values with some gems among them. The superior sections are the cru vineyards coming from ten distinct communes: St-Amour, Juliénas, Chénas, Moulin-à-Vent, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Morgon, Regnié, Brouilly, and Côte de Brouilly. Any cru Beajolais will have its commune name prominent on the label.
Delightfully playful, but also capable of impressive gravitas, Gamay is responsible for juicy, berry-packed wines. From Beaujolais, Gamay generally has three classes: Beaujolais Nouveau, a decidedly young, fruit-driven wine, Beaujolais Villages and Cru Beaujolais. The Villages and Crus are highly ranked grape growing communes whose wines are capable of improving with age whereas Nouveau, released two months after harvest, is intended for immediate consumption. Somm Secret—The ten different Crus have their own distinct personalities—Fleurie is delicate and floral, Côte de Brouilly is concentrated and elegant and Morgon is structured and age-worthy.