2009 Domaine Renaud Pouilly-Fuissé "Vieilles Vignes"

SKU #1071892

89 points Wine Enthusiast: "There is a good mineral character here, a steely edge to the ripe apricot and yellow plum flavors. The wine has enough acidity to maintain its fresh side, and a fine lift on the finish." (5/1/2011) Winner of the Burgondia d'Or Medal. Nice acidity accompanied by pretty fruit notes, lots of mid-palate weight, but also drive and acidity. I liked this on release, but was really impressed by the weight it had put on with another year in bottle. This is terrific Chardonnay, partially done in stainless and partially in wood foudres. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 03/11)

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By: Scott Beckerley |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/4/2011  | Send Email
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This delicious Chardonnay has a great balance between fruit, weight and acidity. A fine nose of apples, citrus and white flowers. It really fleshes out in the mid-palate with golden apple fruit, apricot, and a hint of toasty oak. The real surprise here is the clean finish that lingers with tart acidity and length.

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Varietal:

Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

France

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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
Alcohol Content (%): 13