Tasted with Fabio Gazeau-Montrasi, 19 October 2020
Fabio on 2019:
“Not all the wines have been bottled yet. We had some hail at the end of April, that was followed by the poor flowering, together they meant that we lost a good 30% of the potential yield – so 30 hl/ha in the end. Not an early vintage due to that cool spring weather. The wines added one degree of alcohol with the 16-17 Sept weekend touching 30° – I think that the wines are maybe richer than 2018 because of that…”
A first-class result from the ‘château’ in 2019. Excellent or better – one can’t ask for more. Well-done!
This will be bottled at the end of the year – the rest will wait for the Spring. Vines next to the house includes a little ‘fin-de-presse’ from the Pouilly-Fuissé too as there was so little volume.
Fresh, a little raw from the tank with some CO2. Big energetic, much more together than the nose – a little ripeness, almost a touch of apple. Long and sweetly concentrated finishing. That’s excellent Bourgogne.
2019 Pouilly-Fuissé Clos Varambon
All the vines around the house except the VV Birbettes
A little apple suggestion to the much more ‘together’ aromas. Vibrant, sweet, tons of interesting energy. Purer and purer in the finish – love that finish. Simply excellent.
2019 Pouilly-Fuissé Pierre Folle
Here granitic soil, deeper soil, close to the house
A more compact nose, still of freshness. Lots of gas in this one, but open, fine clarity of flavour – ampler in the middle – slowly mouth-watering with a modest touch of barrel in the finish. Fine and delicious wine.
Here with the limestone of the clos but the oldest vines too – 60-70-years-old.
A width of freshness and yellow fruit. Plenty of gas again – more driving despite similar energy – again a fine clarity but here with a perceptible extra depth to the concentration – a hint calmer finishing but deliciously mouth-watering then growing an extra level in the finish – a reprise – bravo!