Clos des Rocs Pouilly-Loche En Chantonne

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From a small 0.65ha site found just 100 meters from the Clos des Rocs Monopole, this parcel yields a surprisingly different wine. A poor top layer of soil means the vines suffer more than neighboring plots, resulting in small, concentrated grapes. The ancient 90 year-old vines also contribute to the low yields. Elevage is all in demi-muid (500L barrels), and the wine shows the rich concentration with generous fruit on the palate, yet the freshness and focus are unwavering. We note a lovely hint of beeswax to the nose and touch of bitterness to the finish – a remarkable wine of depth and character that testifies to the worthiness of this rarely seen appellation.

The estate counts 8.6 hectares of vines across seven parcels, principally in Pouilly-Loché, with plots in Macon-Loché and Pouilly-Fuissé rounding out the holdings. No chemical products are used in the vineyard and Olivier is committed to organic processes from start to finish, though he has chosen not to pursue certification. All grapes are manually harvested before a long pressing, followed by alcoholic fermentation using only indigenous yeasts; the élévage varies by cuvée and is detailed in the specific descriptions of each of the wines. The resulting wines are leaner than their counterparts in neighboring Pouilly Fuisse and carry a hint of earth, yet they are quite rich in mineral, with enough fruit density to properly support the robust structural elements. 

ABV: 12.5%

Residual Sugar: <5 g/L