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Domaine Robert-Denogent Saint-Veran les Pommards Vieilles Vignes 2014

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All grapes are harvested by hand. Grapes pressed gently by pneumatic press and natural fermentation with indigenous yeasts. Wines complete malolactic fermentation. Wines are aged for 18 to 30 months in the same barrels (20% new, 50% two passages, 30% more than two passages). Wines are racked 3 to 4 weeks before bottling. Two bottlings are produced of the following wines: Saint Véran Les Pommards “Vieilles Vignes,” Pouilly-Fuissé La Croix “Vieilles Vignes,” Pouilly-Fuissé Les Reisses “Monopole.” The bottlings of these wines are identical in every way except the first bottlings are aged for 18 months while the second, more limited releases are aged in barrel longer. The Saint Véran is aged for 24 months, and the Pouilly-Fuissé La Croix and Les Reisses are aged for 30 months.

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  • 2014

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Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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Domaine Robert-Denogent:
When first tasting the wines of Domaine Robert-Denogent, it is essential to put aside any preconceived notions about the young, over-cropped whites of southern Burgundy. These are wines of a much different class, whose reflection of terroir is one more likely found farther north in the prestigious Côte d’Or. Jean-Jacques Robert took over five hectares of his grandfather's vine... Read more
When first tasting the wines of Domaine Robert-Denogent, it is essential to put aside any preconceived notions about the young, over-cropped whites of southern Burgundy. These are wines of a much different class, whose reflection of terroir is one more likely found farther north in the prestigious Côte d’Or. Jean-Jacques Robert took over five hectares of his grandfather's vines in the Mâconnais just outside the village of Fuissé after finishing law school in 1988. Though most of the harvest had always been sold off to the cooperatives, the small parcels that made up the domaine were already understood to enjoy unique microclimates, producing Pouilly-Fuissés of great pedigree. Jean-Jacques soon came under the influence of two ardent defenders of terroir, the great master of Morgon, Marcel Lapierre, and American importer, Kermit Lynch. Little by little, Jean-Jacques has introduced radical changes to the domaine (while staying faithful to his grandfather's wisdom about the complexity of the land), finally realizing its full potential. He is now joined by his son, Nicolas. The Roberts’ individual vineyard parcels are planted with old vines (remarkably so!) on varied soils of granite, schist, limestone, clay, and gravel. Naturally reduced yields imbue the grapes with terrific concentration. The wines undergo a long, slow élévage in barrel that lasts anywhere from fifteen to eighteen months. They are bottled after two winters in barrel, a treatment more common (yet still far from the norm) in the Côte d’Or, and something that really sets them apart in the Mâconnais. At a fraction of the price of the appellations of Meursault and Puligny Montrachet, to which they are often compared by aficionados and critics alike, the wines of Robert-Denogent offer tremendous value, wonderful richness, and impressive complexity. An added attraction for some—they age sooner than their counterparts to the north. Growing on the villages of Fuissé and Solutré-Pouilly, the vines of Domaine Robert-Denogent draws sap in a clay, limestone - sometimes schistose-clay - soil. Most of the parcels are between 50 and 70 years old, some of them being hundred-year-old stocks. The Domaine Robert-Denogent is working under the following appellations : Mâcon-Villages, Mâcon-Solutré, Mâcon-Fuissé, Saint-Véran, Pouilly-Fuissé and Beaujolais-Villages. The estate is dealing with the whole making process, from the work in the vines to the bottle-filling. The estate has always been looking for genuine and personal wines, close to the terroir, the climate and the vintage... For these matters, the Domaine Robert-Denogent embraces a simple and traditional approach, while applying a minimum of intervention. Read less

All grapes are harvested by hand. Grapes pressed gently by pneumatic press and natural fermentation with indigenous yeasts. Wines complete malolactic fermentation. Wines are aged for 18 to 30 months in the same barrels (20% new, 50% two passages, 30% more than two passages). Wines are racked 3 to 4 weeks before bottling. Two bottlings are produced of the following wines: Saint Véran Les Pommards “Vieilles Vignes,” Pouilly-Fuissé La Croix “Vieilles Vignes,” Pouilly-Fuissé Les Reisses “Monopole.” The bottlings of these wines are identical in every way except the first bottlings are aged for 18 months while the second, more limited releases are aged in barrel longer. The Saint Véran is aged for 24 months, and the Pouilly-Fuissé La Croix and Les Reisses are aged for 30 months.

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