2015 Chateau des Quarts Pouilly-Fuisse Clos de Quarts #167272598
Based on 12 reviews on Cellartracker.com
Reviews 93 points Wine Advocate "...has a very detailed and focused bouquet with subtle mineral, white flower, blackcurrant leaf and a hint of aniseed. The palate is very well defined with crisp acidity, very focused and precise with superb mineralite. (NM)" 92 points Vinous "Bright, light yellow. Strong yet delicate scents of peach, flowers, stone and menthol. Wonderfully dense but fine-grained and airy, saturating the mouth with mandarin zest, spice and mineral perfume. Not a particularly large-scaled or powerful wine in the context of 2015 but really saturates the mouth and rises on the aftertaste. Boasts an exhilarating balance of sweetness and acidity and finishes suave, long and weightless. (ST)"
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About Chateau des Quarts
Château des Quarts was established in 2012 through a collaboration between Dominique Lafon and Olivier Merlin, long-time friends who shared a passion for winemaking. Since 2003, Olivier had been procuring grapes from the Clos des Quarts vineyard, creating his finest Pouilly-Fuissé wine. When the vineyard and Château became available for acquisition, Olivier contacted Dominique, and their partnership was formed. Together, they set out to elevate this exceptional terroir to new heights within the Pouilly-Fuissé appellation. Olivier's team tends to the vineyards, and the wines are meticulously crafted in the Merlin cellars in La Roche Vineuse.
Perched atop the hill of Chaintré, the southernmost village of Pouilly-Fuissé, the estate overlooks the Saône Valley and Mâcon, facing southeast. The vineyard spans just over 2 hectares and sits on a vast limestone bedrock which sets it apart as the finest terroir in the village, predominantly characterized by clay-rich soils. These soils and vines, some of which are approaching a century in age, contribute to the wines' distinctive character and complexity.
Château des Quarts preserves its heritage by employing meticulous viticultural practices. The use of riparia rootstock and traditional training and pruning methods contribute to the longevity of the vines. The vineyard has been recognized as a Premier Cru site since the 2020 vintage.
The wines produced by Château des Quarts are truly exceptional. For example, the Pouilly-Fuissé 1er Cru Aux Quarts Clos des Quarts Monopole is a Chardonnay that showcases the terroir's early-ripening nature. The vineyard's old stone walls still border this parcel, underscoring its historical significance. The wine offers a harmonious nose with delicate aromas of white peach and subtle wood notes. It exhibits iodized characteristics on the palate, followed by a remarkable amplitude and great elegance.
Another remarkable offering is the Pouilly-Fuissé 1er Cru L'Orangerie Du Chateau Des Quarts, crafted from Chardonnay vines planted in 2015. This parcel within Aux Quarts neighbors the Orangerie du Château, built in 1875 to protect exotic plants during winter. The wine emanates intense aromas of peach and citrus, beautifully integrated with a touch of oak. It strikes a perfect balance between volume and freshness, captivating the palate.
The Pouilly-Fuissé Clos des Quarts Chardonnay is produced using direct pressing and undergoes both alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in oak barrels. After 19 months of aging, the wine is lightly filtered before bottling. It boasts a nose of white-fleshed fruits and floral notes. The palate reveals a refreshing, dynamic, and elegant profile with a pleasing saline finish, displaying remarkable persistence and balance.