Terroir: The Le Brulé vineyard sits directly behind the Chateau Fuissé and is adjacent to Le Clos. The vineyard is true to it's name (burned) as it's fruit enjoys a full southern exposure to the full days sunlight throughout the growing season. The vineyard is steep and very well drained.
Vinification: Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation take place entirely in barrel. The wine is aged for 12 months in new oak in the cellars of Chateau Fuisse.
Score: 90 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Neal Martin
The 2015 Pouilly-Fuisse Les Brules comes from the south-facing vines, and it was the first to be harvested this vintage. "It is a challenging parcel because when it is a cold season you have to harvest late because of the clay soils, but when it is warm you have to harvest earlier than other [parcels]," Antoine Vincent explained. It is matured in 100% new oak with batonnage twice per month. It has a powerful bouquet, with orange rind, grilled almond and a touch of lemongrass that burst from the glass. The palate is slightly viscous on the entry, a slight honeyed texture, powerful and generous with notes of mango, citrus lemon, a light tang of Seville orange marmalade and just a slight bitter tang on the finish. Not a shy or retiring number, it deserves a couple of years in bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2029.
Score: 92 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
This is intense, with a creamy texture enveloping butterscotch, peach and apple pie flavors. Gains freshness and tension as the lemon- and spice-tinged aftertaste unfolds. Best from 2018 through 2024. 100 cases imported.
A very generously wooded nose includes plenty of toast and vanilla characters and it frankly fights somewhat with the ripe essence of pear and floral scents. The wood extends to the opulent, even lush and viscous flavors that coat the palate with dry extract before concluding in an impressively complex and long finale. This is not at all my style but it is well done in its super rich, unctuous and lavishly oaked manner. That said, I would not be inclined to age this for more than 2 to 3 years as it risks becoming heavy if held for the longer-term.
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