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Château du Clos, Pouilly-Fuissé Pouilly 2016

White Wine from France - Burgundy
Big and powerful to start then the mineral structure from the marnes soil imposes a firm and fresh framework of structure to support the ripe fruit. Excellent balance. 2019–2023.
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Code: BU66301

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • Dry
  • Chardonnay
  • 14% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • Now to 2023
  • 75cl
  • Cork, diam

Château du Clos

This is a new producer suggested to us by Frédéric Burrier, who has signed a 20-year agreement to manage the vines, make and distribute the wine.

It was bought by Louis Montpir in 1782, and now the eighth generation, in the form of Jean-François Combier, runs the property. One of the famous names of the family was Léonard Chandon, whose brother married Adélaïde Moët forming the champagne house Moët et Chandon.

The vineyard is a true Clos, a walled vineyard, of 2.95 ha of which 2.70ha is classified Pouilly-Fuissé, with the name of the parcel 'Pouilly'. The remaining 0.25 ha is classified Mâcon Solutré-Pouilly. The sloping vineyard faces east and north-east. Since 2013 the vineyards have been certified organic.

The soil is an interesting limestone-clay mix of a type called marnes, very high in limestone. The oldest vines date from 1936, and the average age is about 40 years old. The wines are aged for about a year in 228-litre barrels, and 3-6 months in tank thereafter. The wines seem to unite the usually contradictory forces of freshness and power in an original and remarkable fashion. 

Two cuvées are normally made. One from the younger vines, labelled Pouilly and one from the oldest vines in the Clos called Hommage a Léonard Chandon. This latter usually only about 3,000 bottles.

Burgundy Vintage 2016

It is difficult to compare this special vintage with previous ones: the wines have the aromas of a cool year and the palates of a ripe one. Normally, wines with ripe palates will have less intense aromas, while aromatic wines can have excessive acidity or scratchy tannins. In 2016, we have all the benefits and none of the disadvantages. The only big problem is quantity: 2016 produced roughly half a normal crop due to a severe frost. What has been made, however, is exceptional.

Reds are pure, intense and exquisite, especially in the Côte d’Or, which had the best weather. Combine this with deep colour, ripe fruit, sweet tannins and a fresh finish, and one has something very rare. The ripe character and the quality of the tannins are remarkable.

There is some inconsistency in style – the frost damage is very variable, so that leads to great differences in yield and therefore ripeness – but quality is uniformly high, with medium to long-term ageing potential. An exceptional year.

The...
It is difficult to compare this special vintage with previous ones: the wines have the aromas of a cool year and the palates of a ripe one. Normally, wines with ripe palates will have less intense aromas, while aromatic wines can have excessive acidity or scratchy tannins. In 2016, we have all the benefits and none of the disadvantages. The only big problem is quantity: 2016 produced roughly half a normal crop due to a severe frost. What has been made, however, is exceptional.

Reds are pure, intense and exquisite, especially in the Côte d’Or, which had the best weather. Combine this with deep colour, ripe fruit, sweet tannins and a fresh finish, and one has something very rare. The ripe character and the quality of the tannins are remarkable.

There is some inconsistency in style – the frost damage is very variable, so that leads to great differences in yield and therefore ripeness – but quality is uniformly high, with medium to long-term ageing potential. An exceptional year.

The whites have a similar blend of freshness and ripeness – traits that are usually diametrically opposed. To find them in the same wines is very unusual.

There is a little more variation in style and quality than for the reds. The Côte d’Or was the warmest region, while Chablis was distinctly cooler, with a rainy September, making bright, tense and classic wines. The Mâconnais, spared the frost, was successful too, but 1,500ha were damaged by hail in the south of the region.
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