La Soufrandière – 2019


Caroline Bouvier - Soufrandière 2020Tasted with Caroline Bouvier, 19 October 2020.

Domaine de la Soufrandière
125 Rue aux Bourgeois
71680 Vinzelles
Tel: +33 3 85 35 67 72
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Caroline on 2019:
For us a very warm vintage but still with some freshness and a little tension.

Key: Soufrandière is domaine, ‘Bret’ are maison wines, but today only Soufrandière shown:

The wines…

A mix of 2019 and 2018s. And I have to say – 4 great wines – or almost great wines. There is such a record of consistency from this producer…

2019 Soufrandiere, Aligato Zen
Name started as a joke in Japan around 2005 after tasting a wine from de Moor. Vines in Prissey – 0.3 ha on limestone. Just a small addition of sulfur at bottling time.
A nice vibration of aroma here. Hmm, beautiful clarity, a growing intensity, fabulous texture – this is not quite as other-worldly as the 2018, but it’s not far off – bravo!

2019 Soufrandière, Mâcon-Vinzelles Clos de Grandpère
Bottled. Vines between 50 and 100 years old. East-facing – 11-month elevage.
A modest nose. The palate is much less modest – it’s mouth-filling, mouth-watering, just a little rigour from the structure but always with a lovely interest from the flavour. Deliciously wide finishing – very expressive and tasty. Excellent!

2018 Soufrandière, Pouilly-Fuissé En Chatenay
Had this since 2016 all in Prissey, just below the forest and the soils still have the humous of the forest. Longer elevage here – 17 months in total – includes 6 months to finish in ss, not filtered.
Not a big nose, but one that shows an inviting clarity. Nice shape – not big but a wine that slowly grows and has a lovely fresh complexity. The finish is particularly delicious and holds so well… Excellent wine – indeed the finish is great…

2018 Soufrandiere, Pouilly-Vinzelles Climat Les Quarts
South-east-facing, horse worked elevage like the last.
A vibrant nose with some deeper fruit of low-sulfur style. Mineral – such a fine combination of clarity and energy – more mouth-filling but not too much – the potential for great here – just a little reductive impression – bravo! A burst of finishing florals – yes!

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