Autour de la Roche is a blend of only the best terroirs surrounding the Roche de Vergisson. With an excellent south-southeast exposure, 10-35 year old vines are planted in calcareous (limestone) clay soil which imparts finesse, complexity and volume to the wine. For the classic Pouilly-Fuisse, fermentation takes place half in enameled tanks and half in oak barrels, which adds oxygen and complexity. No new oak is used and the barrels are 2-5 years old to ensure as pure an expressions of the terroir as possible.

90 Points
Wine Advocate
2016 vintage
90 Points
Wine Spectator
2016 vintage
Harvest Note
The 2016 harvest started out with warmer than average temperatures, followed by a short cooling off period. Harvesting took place from early to late September, the grapes were a lovely golden color and the musts were magnificent and structured.
Tasting Note
This was has a nose that is both racy and complex. The mouth is luscious and fleshy with a persistent finish.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Chardonnay
APPELLATION: Pouilly-Fuissé
PH: 3.27
ACIDITY: 4.33 g/l
ABV: 13%
AGING: 50% is vinified in French oak, 50% in steel tank.
Unique Selling Points
  • Moderate aging potential
  • Provides an expressive contrast to the more opulent Tête de Cru and Cuvee Hors-Classe wines
  • The cuvee Autour de la Roche celebrates the two geologic landmarks of the appellation, Vergisson and Solutre.

About the Grape

Though it has a distinctive profile, Chardonnay reflects other factors such as soil composition and vinification technique. Chardonnay is a reliable, hardy and prolific vine whose only real vulnerabilities are frost and uneven development of fruit.
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