2010 Domaine des Nembrets Denis Barraud Pouilly-Fuissé "Clos de la Combe Poncét"

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This lovely vineyard is a monopole for Denis Barraud. It is in a slight bowl, with a favorable exposure and old vines. Every year, the enterprising Denis Barraud finds some new parcels he can get, generally in metayage (share-cropping). This is a single vineyard, and that rarity in Burgundy, a monopole, which Denis has direct control over. It is just over one acre in size (.45Ha). This wine has more drive and energy than the Les Folles or Chataigniers, and also more evident minerality. It is vinified entirely in small oak barrels, from 5-10 years in age. The leesiness of the wine seems to be almost oaky in its richness, but the old barrels are certainly neutral. There is a terrific amount of wine here for the money! Don't miss this fabulous, domaine grown, hand-harvested monopole, available for a great price thanks to our direct relationship with the producer. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer)

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By: Jim Boyce |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/26/2012  | Send Email
As mentioned, this is an interesting wine from an interesting property Denis Barraud has direct control over. Old oak lends more than enough spice and richness to the wine, balancing nicely with the mineral vein persistent throughout. This bottle will last quite a few years and is a serious deal!
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By: Kirk Walker |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/31/2012  | Send Email
We have recently received our drop of the 2010 Domaine des Nembrets Pouilly-Fuisses. The "Clos de la Combe Poncét" has shown itself to be the most serious, and most unique, of all three. It is unique, in that it is a monopole site, that is barely an acre in size, and Denis Barraud has direct control over it. Unlike any of his other wines, this is vinified completely in oak, in old used Barriques. What is fascinating about this wine is when you first smell and taste it you think that he was using new oak, not old. There is a spiciness and richness to this wine that makes you jump to that assumption. The fruit is bright and pure with lots of yellow fruits on the palate with a more complex aromatic profile with orchard and citrus fruits. This is also has the most mineral drive of his entire lineup. This is the perfect vintage for this wine, it is rich powerful, but balanced, with no one component dominating and a very long finish. You can and should drink this now, just give it a chance to breath, but hold onto a bottle, if you can for a couple of years, I have a feeling this still has places to go.

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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 (%): 13.5