2011 Domaine Robert-Denogent "Les Reisses" Pouilly-Fuissé Vieilles Vignes

SKU #1140947 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The dazzling 2011 Pouilly-Fuisse Les Reisses, a monopole for the family, has a bashful but again, mineral-rich bouquet that is beautifully defined and focused. The palate is effervescent on the entry with a crisp citric line of acidity that segues into a focused, understated but very pretty nectarine and Clementine-driven finish. Lovely. Just down the road from Chateau de Fuisse is another of the village’s finest exponents: Domaine Robert-Denogent. Here I met Jean-Jacques Robert. In 1988 he quit a career inlaw to take charge of his family’s vineyards in Fuisse and Solutre-Pouilly and commenced bottling the wines himself rather than selling it to local co-operatives. Father and son farm a total of 8.5 hectares, with 5.5 hectares in Pouilly-Fuisse including single vineyard bottling. There is minimal intervention out in the vineyard with complete eschewing of inorganic treatments, the harvest always by hand and fermentation natural. In the winery, which an estate agent might euphemistically describe as 'cosy,' the wines are all treated more or less equally, matured in 228-liter oak barrels with only one racking just prior to bottling. What makes this domaine different is the length of elevage, often up to 18 to 24 months depending on the vintage, an unusually long duration for Macon. Let me cut to the chase... These are some of the finest you will find in the region: exemplary, terroir-driven, soulful expressions of Chardonnay that were mostly an absolute pleasure to taste. (NM)  (8/2013)

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