Powerful and warm wine offering quince and sweet fruit aromas. Thick and toasty. Rich and well textured.
|Vintage:||2014||Grape Varietals:||100% Chardonnay||ABV:||13%|
|Aging:||Aged 12 months in 228-liter French Oak Barrels.|
The soils for the Ronchevats is clay. it makes wines that are richer, rounder and fatter. The average age of the vines is 60 years old.
100% barrel fermented and 100% M-L fermentation.
Wine was aged during 12 months in 228-liter French Oak Barrels. Barrels are used 6 years before being changed. While the wine is aged on the fine lees, they practice batonnage once every 10 days for 9 months because it brings fat and finesse to the wine.
Bresse Chicken (blue footed chicken) cooked in a creamy sauce with porcini mushrooms (Poulet de Bresse sauce aux cèpes)
|Item Number||Unit||Units/Case||Type||UPC - bottle||SCC - case||SRP/Unit|
|F1EE168062CHS||750ml||12||Glass||7 84585 00554 3||1 07 84585 00554 0||$49.95|
"(from southwest-facing vines on soil rich in clay, with clumps of calcaire; done in fûts, including a bit of new oak): Bright medium yellow. Expressive, perfumed aromas of peachy fruit salad and spicy oak. Quite rich and thick but also vibrant and alive, with its subtle peachy high tones framed by bracing citrussy acidity. Needs time in bottle to harmonize and knit. This is not a particularly mineral site, according to Christine Saumaize. Incidentally, the family's 2016 Le Haut des Crays was scheduled to be bottled in November. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (November 2017), 91 pts
"Bright yellow. Knockout aromas of peach, apricot and crushed lime leaf are complicated by solaire notes of marzipan and honeycomb. Then very ripe and sweet on the palate but with an element of warmth (these 2015s are in the 14% alcohol range) shaving the topnotes off the wine's flavors. Finishes slightly bitter-edged and tannic, suggesting harder grape skins. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (November 2017), 90 pts
"(this wine finished its malo and had been racked on the morning of my visit): Healthy light yellow. Perfumed aromas of white peach, lemon, lime and acacia flower. Densely packed and seamless, with its lively fruit flavors framed by integrated acidity; very white fruit for the year. Tightens up on the back end, finishing a bit youthfully aggressive. This and the following 2015s were done entirely in pièces, 10% to 15% of them new. Saumaize noted that this vineyard on clay-based soil is more sensitive to drought in theory, but that he had less passerillage and a normal crop in 2015--and better than his yields on rocky soil. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Vinous (October 2016), 89-91 pts
"(from a south-facing vineyard planted on bluish-green compact clay): Precise but subdued aromas of pineapple, lemon peel, orange zest and flowers, plus a suggestion of white truffle. Very suave and fine-grained, showing superb inner-mouth energy and floral lift to the delicate lemon and orange flavors. Still youthfully imploded but already conveys terrific fruit intensity. Not an exuberant style but silky, saline and deep. The alcohol here is a natural 13.5%. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Vinous (December 2015), 90-92 pts
"Rich, with peach, apple, lemon cake and spice flavors, yet also bracing and taut. Leans toward tartness in the balance, but ends with fruit and spice notes. Best from 2017 through 2020. 250 cases made. –BS"
- Wine Spectator (June 30th 2016), 90 pts
"This was also strongly reduced and unreadable. This is even richer and more generous than the Vignes Blanches with the same fleshy character to the mouth feel though in this case there is better precision and length as well as a bit better overall depth."
Allen Meadows' Burgound.com, 89-91 pts
"The 2011 Pouilly-Fuisse Les Ronchevats has an out-going bouquet with vivacious citrus fruit lined with hints of coconut and marzipan, while maintaining fine delineation. The palate is crisp and poised on the entry with a keen citric thread, although the finish is a little stern and needs a touch more fruite. I would be inclined to leave this 12 months in bottle since there is impressive substance. - NM"
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #208, August 2013), 88 pts