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Domaine Ferret Pouilly-Fuisse Les Menetrieres Cuvee Hors Classes 2015

Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
  • RP94
  • BH91
  • W&S91
13.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Superbly rich and generous, the wine has aromas of subtle cream blended with rich Chardonnay fruit, with honey notes. On the palate, ripe fruit, toast and quince paste punctuate a full-bodied, generous rich wine that is powerful, intense and vivid, with a long, haunting finish. The wine will benefit from further maturing in bottle.

Pair with foie gras, grilled lobster, sea bass or rich cheeses.

Critical Acclaim

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RP 94
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

The 2015 Pouilly-Fuissé Hors-Classe Les Ménétrières is a fabulous wine that ranks among the vintage's highlights in the Mâconnais. Unfurling in the glass with notes of crisp Anjou pear, ripe citrus oil, subtle frangipane and crushed rocks, it's full-bodied, ample and incisive, with a satiny, textural attack underpinned by a strikingly racy, tangy line of acidity that cuts like a knife. While it has all the concentration and depth that one would expect from a top vintage of Les Ménétrières, it's the wine's vivacity that really stands out, especially in this balmy vintage. While it's quite thrilling to drink today, count on it enjoying two decades of longevity. Bravo to Audrey Braccini and her team!

Rating: 94+

BH 91
Burghound.com
This is aromatically quite similar to the Perrières though the fruit appears to be just a bit riper. Once again there is a relatively fine mouth feel to the detailed, elegant and pure medium weight flavors that possess very good richness on the citrus-inflected and impressively persistent finish. This is an unusually dry 2015 and is a lovely combination of finesse and focused power. Worth a look.
W&S 91
Wine & Spirits
This comes from a small vineyard at the edge of the village of Fuissé, a southeast-facing slope where one-third of the vines are 40 years old. It’s a warm and powerful, barrel-fermented wine, combining the richness of the vintage with the briskness of limestone acidity. The baked orange notes show some alcohol, while soft chalkiness takes it in an ornate direction.
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Domaine Ferret

Domaine Ferret

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Domaine Ferret, Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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Domaine Ferret has played a key role in defining the quality of the region. It was the first domaine in Pouilly-Fuissé to begin bottling on the estate, shortly after the Second World War. Further, its long-standing focus on vinifying each parcel of vines separately has allowed for the identification of the top terroirs. The Domaine Ferret portfolio falls into three tiers: Classic, Têtes de Cru and Cuvée Hors-Classe. The Tête de Cru and Hors-Classe parcels that have been identified are a precursor to the stratification of the appellation system (which is currently under consideration by the Institut National des Appellations d’Origine). As in the Côte d’Or, the wines in each range reflect their particular terroir, and these top cuvées are produced only in great vintages.

Domaine Ferret’s estate vineyards are comprised of 18 hectares throughout the Pouilly-Fuissé appellation; 14 of these are located in the amphitheater of hills surrounding the town of Fuissé and 4 are near the Roche de Vergisson, in the north of the appellation. These terroirs and the relatively low yields, allow the production of exceptional cuvées. The vineyards are managed sustainably with an aim toward an even more rigorous respect for environmental concerns.

Pouilly-Fuisse

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The source of some of the most sought-after white wines of the Mâconnais, Pouilly-Fuissé is produced exclusively from the Chardonnay grape and tends to be slightly richer in style than wines from its northern neighbor, the Côte de Beaune—mainly due to warmer weather. Wines from Pouilly-Fuissé have some versatility; they can be enjoyed young and can also often improve with a little time in the cellar. Pouilly-Fuissé wines are considered some of the best values for white Burgundy.

Similar to the Côte de Beaune, the soils of Pouilly-Fuissé are mainly limestone and clay. The appellation includes the communes of Fuissé, Solutré (which includes Pouilly), Vergisson and Chaintré. The richest Chardonnay comes from Fuissé and Solutré-Pouilly, whereas the Chardonnay at higher elevation, from Vergisson, expresses more minerality and finesse. Pairing Pouilly-Fuissé with lobster or King Crab will bring great joy not only to your palate—but also your pocketbook!

Chardonnay

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While practically every country in the wine producing world grows it, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. As far as cellar potential, white Burgundy rivals the world’s other age-worthy whites like Riesling or botrytized Semillon. California is Chardonnay’s second most important home, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia and South America are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

In the Glass

When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay flavors tend towards grapefruit, lemon zest, green apple, celery leaf and wet flint, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of melon, peach and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut and spice, while malolactic fermentation imparts a soft and creamy texture.

Perfect Pairings

Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with flaky white fish with herbs, scallops, turkey breast and soft cheeses. Richer Chardonnays marry well with lobster, crab, salmon, roasted chicken and creamy sauces.

Sommelier Secret

Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. In Burgundy, the subregion of Chablis, while typically employing the use of older oak barrels, produces a similar bright and acid-driven style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy its lighter style.

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