With the 1992 vintage Chateau Fuissé produced their single vineyard bottling from their Le Clos vineyard. This cuvée has become one of Pouilly-Fuissé's top selection with age-ability of the famous wines of the Cote de Beaune.
Terroir: This walled parcel directly behind the chateau contains soil of dense clay and has a perfect south/ southeast exposure. The vineyard is planted entirely to Chardonnay vines that average over 45 years of age.
Vinification: Chateau Fuissé Le Clos is barrel fermented and aged in the cool cellars below the chateau for 12 months. 80% of the barrels are new. The wine is is then moved to the state-of-the-art winemaking facility for clarification and bottling. Quantities are limited to under 500 cases a year.
Le Clos is extraordinarily rich with layer upon layer of ripe apple, pair, and spice. The finish is driven by mineral with a firm gripping acidity.
(fermented and aged in barrels, 80% new): Palish bright yellow. Very rich, full-blown aromas of yellow peach, fresh apricot, spices, roasted nuts and minerals; this has the weight and salty minerality of a top Puligny wine. Plush, ripe and very concentrated, conveying an almost exotic orange oil and quince aspect to its yellow fruit and spicy oak flavors leavened by saline minerality. The most intense of these 2015s, with penetrating mineral-driven acidity carrying the finish. My favorite of the estate's '15s for its energy and concentration--and it may yet improve further with time in the cellar.
Score: 92 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Neal Martin
The 2015 Pouilly-Fuisse le Clos is the only bona fide walled vineayrd (2.69 hectares) in Fuisse that contains a variety of soils ranging from deep clay at the bottom, marne in the mid-slope and limestone at the top. The cines range from 40 to 87 years old and have been blended together since the 2014 vintage. Le Clos is matured in around 75% new oak; one-year-old barrels are employed for the limestone soils. It has a very fine bouquet, with hints of wild honey, quince, marmalade and a touch of apricot conserve that gains intensity with continued aeration. The palate is well balanced with a brisk, lightly spiced entry, just a tang originating from a seam of orange rind, with a potent nutmeg and hazelnut-driven finish that is very harmonious. Clearly the standout cuvee from Chateau Fuisse this year. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2030.
Score: 93 PointsWine Spectator Author: Bruce Sanderson
This is opulent, with a smoky, toasty cast to the peach, lemon and stone flavors. Tightens up midpalate, where the vibrant structure takes over. Builds to a lingering aftertaste of lemon, spice and mineral. Drink now through 2025.
Score: 94 PointsDecanter World Wine Awards 2017 Date: Thursday, June 1, 2017
Salted pineapple and ripe Sicilian lemon fruit nose. The palate is crisp and multi-layered with evident oak, tension and long length.
A difficult nose displays plenty of lactic character along with menthol and wood toast nuances. As is usually the case this is the biggest and most powerful wine in the range with its rich and full-bodied flavors that exhibit a lovely minerality on the succulent yet chiseled finish. This manages to carry its considerable weight and dry extract with grace and while it's no ballerina, it remains well-balanced.
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