2015 Domaine Renaud Pouilly-Fuissé "Cuvée Vieilles Vignes"

SKU #1265973 90 points Wine Enthusiast

 A rich, ripe while still mineral wine, this is concentrated and dense with fruit. It has a good texture as well as a layer of toast that gives extra depth. The wine has spice and a stylish, crisp aftertaste. Drink from 2017.  (8/2016)

K&L Notes

Once in a great while you find wines from the Mâcon so good that tasting them blind you are forced to apply some much higher (and more expensive) appellation to it. Often, such a wine comes from hillside vineyards, with better drainage and cooler nights. This is such a wine, from the slopes below the giant monolith of rock that is Solutré. Domaine Renaud is a small operation, making Mâcon, Pouilly-Fuissé and St. Veran from 12 hectares of estate vineyards. Their cellar is modern, and they use upright ovals for many of the wines, and stainless for others. This value is a great alternative to California Chardonnay and an entry into white Burgundy.

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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/18/2016 | Send Email
Easily the best version of this wine in the last 10 years and a great value. This is more forward than past vintages yet also shows greater depth with plenty of crushed citrus and spiced apple fruit and a stony finish. The overt ripeness here is held in check by persistent mineral drive and wonderful vibrancy.

By: Keith Palace | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/21/2016 | Send Email
The award-winning, family team of Pascal and Mireille Renaud produced this wonderful wine from their 25 acres in the village of Pouilly. Yellow-gold in color, the nose reveals evident concentration along with a distinctive expression of ripe fresh, dried yellow peach and honey with toasted highlights. The finish is long with creamy undertones. An absolute classic, drink this wine now.

By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/14/2016 | Send Email
Of the Domaine Renaud wines, this is the richest of the bunch and a total standout. The Pouilly Fuisse is an opulent drinker that shows a judicious use of oak that displays a velvety, soothing texture. On the mid-palate, ripe, honeyed fruit notes of stonefruit and apple shine through while still maintaining it's distinct minerality. Super recommended!

By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/14/2016 | Send Email
If you are looking for a good, richer Pouilly Fuisse to stand up against Chassagne-Montrachet or Meursault for texture and depth, this is the wine to try! One of the first 2015's we've seen yet in white Burgundy, Domaine Renaud's Pouilly Fuisse old vine is both intense and layered. From the honeyed, fruit laden aromas through the creamy texture and pleasant weight on the palate, this wine over-delivers at every juncture.

By: Trey Beffa | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/13/2016 | Send Email
The Renaud wines have been my “go-to” picks for many years now when I am looking for inexpensive refreshing Chardonnay. The Pouilly-Fuisse is made from 50-80 year old vines. This is by far the richest of the line-up. Thanks to the very ripe 2015 vintage, this wine shows tons of concentrated lush fruit along with a creamy texture that coats the mouth. Hints of white peach, green apple and a long mouthwatering finish top it off!

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/10/2016 | Send Email
Every year the sales staff gets extremely excited about all of the new Domaine Renaud releases. These wines always offer exceptional cost to quality value. We each pick our favorite and covet them because they all sell out so quickly. I love them this year in this case the Pouilly Fuisse may be the best wine I've tasted from them. Ever! Lush apple and pear flavors surrounding by wet stones with a nose of candied ginger and dried lemon peel. Subtle white lilies round out the aromas. The Macons and St. Veran are always top value picks but for a few dollars more, this Pouilly Fuisse competes with some of the biggest names in Burgundy but for a fraction of the price.

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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 (%): 14