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Pouilly-Fuissé Grand Beauregard, Château de Beauregard 2011

White Wine from France - Burgundy
Le Grand Beauregard is a selection of the best four barrels from the property. It usually includes three or four of the following vineyards: ‘Vers Cras’, ‘La Maréchaude’, ‘Aux Charmes’, ‘Les Insarts’, ‘Vignes Blanches’, ‘Vers Pouilly’, ‘Les Chardonnets’ and ‘Les Châtaigniers’. The Grand Beauregard ages for 20 months in 228 litre oak pièces and is bottled without fining or filtration. The extra time in barrel produces a wine of greater maturity and concentration which is rich yet balanced. Vibrant, with a lemony freshness and increasing bottle-aged complexity.
Price: £39.00 Bottle
Price: £234.00 Case of 6
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Code: BU54221

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • Dry
  • Chardonnay
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • Oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Now to 2022
  • 75cl
  • Cork, natural

Maison Joseph Burrier

The Burrier family, who have lived in Burgundy for 500 years, own both Château de Beauregard in Pouilly-Fuissé and the négociant Maison Joseph Burrier, and have done so for six generations. The current generation in charge is Frédéric Burrier, who returned to the family business in 1999 after many years at Jadot. The charismatic, passionate and industrious Frédéric has done much to raise the quality bar in this tiny enclave of the southern Mâconnais. The family holds 22 hectares of Pouilly-Fuissé, 7 hectares in Saint-Véran and 12 hectares in Beaujolais.

Half of the Beaujolais vines are in Fleurie, but there are also small plots in Morgon, Moulin-à-Vent, Saint-Amour and Chiroubles. The vines range from 35 to 45 years old on average, and are located at some of the most prestigious plots in their respective appellations. In Fleurie, for instance, the vines are mostly at the highly respected Poncié site which borders Moulin-à-Vent, whereas in Moulin-à-Vent itself the family owns a superb vineyard called Les Petits Bois.

All of the family’s Beaujolais is made at a winery in Fleurie. The various crus are all vinified in a traditional style, and most spend some time in oak – for Saint-Amour and Morgon this is seven to ten months, Moulin-à-Vent spends around nine months in oak, and in the case of the Fleurie, just half of the blend is aged in oak, usually for around six to eight months.

The Burriers’ 22 hectares of Pouilly-Fuissé vines are split between the three villages of Fuissé, ...
The Burrier family, who have lived in Burgundy for 500 years, own both Château de Beauregard in Pouilly-Fuissé and the négociant Maison Joseph Burrier, and have done so for six generations. The current generation in charge is Frédéric Burrier, who returned to the family business in 1999 after many years at Jadot. The charismatic, passionate and industrious Frédéric has done much to raise the quality bar in this tiny enclave of the southern Mâconnais. The family holds 22 hectares of Pouilly-Fuissé, 7 hectares in Saint-Véran and 12 hectares in Beaujolais.

Half of the Beaujolais vines are in Fleurie, but there are also small plots in Morgon, Moulin-à-Vent, Saint-Amour and Chiroubles. The vines range from 35 to 45 years old on average, and are located at some of the most prestigious plots in their respective appellations. In Fleurie, for instance, the vines are mostly at the highly respected Poncié site which borders Moulin-à-Vent, whereas in Moulin-à-Vent itself the family owns a superb vineyard called Les Petits Bois.

All of the family’s Beaujolais is made at a winery in Fleurie. The various crus are all vinified in a traditional style, and most spend some time in oak – for Saint-Amour and Morgon this is seven to ten months, Moulin-à-Vent spends around nine months in oak, and in the case of the Fleurie, just half of the blend is aged in oak, usually for around six to eight months.

The Burriers’ 22 hectares of Pouilly-Fuissé vines are split between the three villages of Fuissé, Solutré-Pouilly and Vergisson, with Château de Beauregard itself set on a rolling plateau in Pouilly-Fuissé, with one of the best views of the rocks of Vergisson and Solutré.

As sometime president of the local comité interprofessionel, Frédéric works tirelessly to achieve the kind of respect for Pouilly-Fuissé that is enjoyed by the Côte d’Or, and certainly the fine, complex chardonnays produced in the high, cool village of Vergisson have a lovely tension between freshness ad richness, not unlike the balance of a Meursault or a Puligny-Montrachet. The other point of interest here is the bewildering (though not to Frédéric) number of different barrels, with which he likes to experiment. What interests him, he points out, is ‘the élévage, not the wood’, which never dominates his wines.

He makes several estate Pouillys from different plots, including the exotic Vignes Blanches, the generous and charming Insarts both from the warm Fuissé amphitheatre, aristocratic Maréchaude and restrained Charmes both from the cool climate of Vergisson, which could pass for Puligny, elegant Vers Cras from the limestone plateau that surrounds the château, mineral, waxy Chataigners, and rich, Meursault-like Vers Pouilly which lies on the border with Pouilly.

Each wine is fermented in a combination of tank and barrels of different ages, from various coopers, using different woods. Grand Beauregard is an assemblage of the best barrels, parcels and crus, blended when Frédéric has tasted and digested every one of them and given 24 months in barrel, though like all Burrier wines, it has the knack of absorbing wood. Only 12 barrels of this nectar are produced in each vintage.

The family’s 43-hectare portfolio includes 7 hectares in Saint-Véran. Towards the bottom of the slope at Chasselas they have the cool Vernay vineyard, which produces a fresh, brisk wine which is bottled without oak, as well as (in increasing order of richness) La Roche and then En Faux which are both usually fermented 50% in tank and 50% in barrel. These are close to the quality of much basic Pouilly-Fuissé but can be had for around two-thirds of the price.

Frédéric also produces three Mâcons and is developing a newish plot of pinot noir, planted in 2002 from which he produces around a thousand bottles a year, snapped up by local restaurants. In 2015 Frédéric bought an interest in Domaine de la Rochette in the nearby commune of Bussières having noted it as a property capable of making excellent Mâcon.

From his négociant arm, Maison Joseph Burrier, we buy The Society’s Exhibition Pouilly-Fuissé, a Mâcon-Fuissé and a lovely Viré-Clesé from vines planted in 1947 at Quintaine, all made from bought in grapes.

For a man with so much going on, he seems remarkably relaxed. ‘Je suis passionné, non stressé’ he says. And it shows in his wines.
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Burgundy Vintage 2011

The 2011 vintage produced an array of attractive, ripe yet fresh, white and red wines in a classic style, by which we mean that at harvest the grapes were picked with ripe tannins and flavours but at low to moderate levels of potential alcohol. As a consequence, the wines are aromatic and fine boned. Pinot noir and chardonnay have evolved to perform well in cool conditions, and, like many fruits, they succeed when grown at the northern limit of their ripening ability, like a vibrant Tay raspberry or a crunchy and aromatic English Cox’s Orange Pippin apple. This vintage allowed pinot and chardonnay to succeed in just such a way.

Yields were moderate, and berry sizes small. Qualitatively the wines are a step up from the 2007 and 2009 whites, and the 2007 reds. Stylistically, the vintage is in the same mould as 2010, but lighter. The wines are succulent and approachable, and delicious from quite early on, but have the structure for mid-term keeping.

The reds are ripe yet fresh, with...
The 2011 vintage produced an array of attractive, ripe yet fresh, white and red wines in a classic style, by which we mean that at harvest the grapes were picked with ripe tannins and flavours but at low to moderate levels of potential alcohol. As a consequence, the wines are aromatic and fine boned. Pinot noir and chardonnay have evolved to perform well in cool conditions, and, like many fruits, they succeed when grown at the northern limit of their ripening ability, like a vibrant Tay raspberry or a crunchy and aromatic English Cox’s Orange Pippin apple. This vintage allowed pinot and chardonnay to succeed in just such a way.

Yields were moderate, and berry sizes small. Qualitatively the wines are a step up from the 2007 and 2009 whites, and the 2007 reds. Stylistically, the vintage is in the same mould as 2010, but lighter. The wines are succulent and approachable, and delicious from quite early on, but have the structure for mid-term keeping.

The reds are ripe yet fresh, with appealing, juicy pinot fruit with sweet tannins. They will give great pleasure. As ever, low yield were necessary for success. When Pernand and Aloxe’s wines have ripe tannins you know the red wines achieved full phenolic maturity. It is worth trading up with the négociants as quality rises faster than prices as one moves up.

The whites are fresh, balanced and delicious, spanning the apple to white peach spectrum of aromas. After an initial lovely burst of fruit there is a good mid-palate and fresh finish. The Måconnais have performed particularly well in this vintage.
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