2015 Château des Rontets, Pouilly-Fuissé, Clos Varambon, White Burgundy, Maconnais, France.
This gorgeous Chardonnay is one of the great examples of this once lesser thought off region, where as old vine Maconnais Chardonnay is now some of the most sought after white Burgundy, and Château des Rontets is one of the best offering amazing wines that show wonderful detail, depth and stylish elegance, with even their base Clos Varambon bottling giving a performance worthy of a Chassagne or Puligny! Beautifully fresh and vital the 2015 Château des Rontets Pouilly-Fuissé Clos Varambon shows delightful apple/pear, citrus and white peach fruits, white flowers, clear mineralite and wet stones along with a light golden hue in the glass as well as a fine textured mouth feel with a sexy leesy and chalky character. Look for this to gain with age too, but it certainly won’t need it, it offers lots of quality and grace right now, this is what a good Chardonnay tastes like, pure and simple, this beauty imported by Floraison Selections, is worth searching out. Château des Rontets uses tiny Clos(s) each vineyard is walled and set on limestone soils, they are all organic, with winemakers/owners Claire Gazeau and Fabio Montrasi (husband and wife) focused on making terroir driven and transparent with gentile touch and non-interventionist methods in the cellar. This is glorious Pouilly-Fuissé and even in a warmer year it shows freshness and vibrancy, if you want a slightly more intense version their 2014’s are stunning wines though they might be harder to find now. If you are looking for a great bottle of white Burgundy and at a fair price this Pouilly-Fuissé by Château des Rontets is hard to beat! I love this stuff.
($33 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive

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