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Château des Rontets, Pouilly-Fuissé Clos Varambon 2017

White Wine from France - Burgundy
Elegant Pouilly-Fuissé from 15 to 50-year-old vines, aged in foudres and pièces (different sized oak barrels), with a hint of richness to the palate.
Price: £26.00 Bottle
Price: £156.00 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: BU71931

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • Dry
  • Chardonnay
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • Oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Now to 2024
  • 75cl
  • Cork, diam

Château des Rontets

The young owners of this charming domaine, Claire & Fabio Gazeau-Montrasi met while working as architects in Milan. The old house amid the vines, overlooking the village of Fuissé, came to Claire from her mother and grandparents, and the maternal family name of Varambon lives on in one of the cuvées produced here. Fabio, who reckons disarmingly that Claire was always the better architect, embraced with gusto the opportunity of working with soil rather than concrete. He is a committed fan of sustainability and the estate has been certified organic since 2005.

The vines face north, on a ridge between Pouilly and Vergisson. All wines are fermented in wood, some foudres and some pièces, but not new except in case of Birbettes, using only indigenous yeasts and keeping sulphur to a minimum, as Fabio believes it can mask the subtleties in terroirs.

The Rontets style is a mouthwatering one, crisp and racy, but well-rounded too and discreetly oaked. Clos Varambon comes from 40 year old vines, and is a fine, silky, balanced style and elegant with a long, long finish. Pierrefolle comes from more granitic soils with little or no chalk, and is fuller bodied. Birbettes comes from the oldest vines and has a richness and intensity that is quite remarkable.

Burgundy Vintage 2017

Côte d’Or: excellent concentration and good
structure.

Many vines here are low yielding due to coulure (poor fruit set
which reduces quantity, but not quality) and some heat stress,
which may have conserved acidity. The summer was warm and
so the moderate crop ripened quickly and was picked early at
the end of August or early September.

Mâconnais: very good wines from the best growers.

It was warmest here and yields probably were at their highest,
yet the good producers controlled this and picked early to
preserve ripeness, making for very attractive wines.
2017 vintage reviews

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