Pouilly Fuisse Bouchard Aine & Fils 2015
The Chardonnay grapes for this appellation can only be grown in four villages: Fuissé, Solutré-Pouilly, Vergisson and Chaintré. Vinification takes place in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks, followed by partial maturation in oak barrels for ten months, 20% new oak. Gold with green tints, the elegant, restrained nose shows mineral and floral notes with vegetal undertones enlivened with a touch of honey. A fine, luscious wine, with nuances of hazelnuts and grilled almonds.
ABOUT THE WINE MAKER
Michel Bouchard settled in Burgundy in 1731 initially to set up an enterprise in the fabric trade; however, branching out to become a wine broker, he laid down the family’s Burgundian wine roots. In 1750, his eldest son, Joseph, joined the family business and the dynasty was founded.
Vincent Bottreau is the house’s ‘Viticulteur’, succeeding Antoine Dupré in 2014; the title denotes the separate but inextricably linked parts of his winemaking role. A primary element of his role is managing the crucial growing partner relationships and overseeing the quality of the grapes they grow; this is then followed by vinification, ageing and the blending of these elements to create the finished wines. Vincent is the conductor of this orchestra, the house’s resident maestro, creating the cuvées and guaranteeing a consistent style and quality.
Vincent is a former research and development telecommunications engineer, who filed 15 patents in his previous life, and through his overwhelming passion for wine, moved from the digital world to the universe of vine and wine. Acquiring plenty of knowledge and experience during this conversion, he aims to produce elegant wines that are true to their Burgundian terroir.