One of the top cuvées of the domain made from old vines of Chardonnay - over 50 years old - planted on the hill of Solutré. It had the same winemaking and ageing as "Les Crays" but the old vines bring an extra layer of richness while keeping it fresh in the end. It's probably one of the best Pouilly-Fuissé we've had, competing easily with great whites from the Côtes de Beaune for about half the price!
"Ronchevat" is probably a variant of Roncevaux (Davayé), in other words a valley full of brambles before being cleared. That word usually characterizes poor soils, favorable to wine--growing. > Vines Commune: Vergisson Type of wine: Chardonnay Parcel area: 0.9ha Average age of the vines: from 30 to 60 years Soil: thick clay Exposure and slope: south, height from 310 to 320 metres, slope from10 to 15% Cultivation method: shallow plowing, well thought-out protection > Vinification Grape harvesting: manual Pressing: pneumatic Racking: 36 hours, static, cold to obtain very clear juices Alcoholic fermentation: in 228 litres oak casks (10% made with new wood). Local yeast Malolactic fermentation: full and spontaneous Aging: in casks and oak tuns, on full lees, stirring the casks when fermentation has ended Bottling: in August the following year (i.e. 11 months aging) > Tasting A complex, opulent, rich wine Storage time: may be drunk young (from 2-3 years), but has a storage time of 20 years, often more Drink with: Foie gras, grilled bread with morel mushroom and cheese, white fish in sauce, Bresse poultry à la crème, blanquette of veal > Awards and press reports 2015 vintage - 15.75+/20: Vert de Vin Magazine, June 2017 - Gold medal: World Chardonnay Competition 2017 - Gold medal: Lyon’s Competition 2017 - 86/100 (Bronze medal) Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 2014 vintage - 16/20: Bourgogne Aujourd’hui Magazine N°133 (January-february 2017) - 16/20: Bettane & Desseauve 2017 Guide "Coup de Cœur" - Silver medal: Lyon’s international Competition 2016 - 15.5/20: Vert de Vin Magazine