Domaine Carrette Pouilly-Fuisse 2014
By Jonathan H. Newman*
Domaine Carrette 2014 Pouilly-Fuisse
UNIT SIZE: 750.00 ml
ALCOHOL CONTENT: 13.00%
I enjoyed meeting the Carette family this spring and sampling their fine portfolio - this wine was the star of the group. They are based in Vergisson, directly under the quite famous prehistoric rock of Solutre. This delicious 100% Chardonnay, from the nice 2014 vintage, is from 35 year-old limestone infused vines. A particularly floral nose of fresh cut white flowers, pear, lemon zest and a kiss of minerality. A suave palate of nicely intertwined citrus fruits and vanilla oak with a touch of tropical fruit including pear, white peach and key lime with touches of mint, spice and pineapple. Generous and ripe fruit with good acidity, refreshing and well balanced with a pleasing finish. Only a few hundred cases are imported into the United States. This is the perfect wine to enjoy for summer food pairings like raw oysters, grilled scallops with lemon zest, shrimp scampi, mussels in white sauce, soft shell crabs, lobster, striped bass or goats’ cheeses. Enjoy now and through the next 6 years.
By Domaine Carrette
Harvested from their limestone rich 35-year-old well exposed south/ Southeast hillside vineyards in Solutre- Pouilly and Vergisson. Shallow plowing and sustainable viticulture is employed throughout the Estate and careful canopy management used to ensure balance and phenolic ripeness. Handpicked, lightly pressed, 36 hour settling, 1 year ageing in Burgundy oak barrels ( Radoux, Damy, Jaegle,) enabling light micro oxygenation and lees contact. Natural yeasts, no racking until bottling in spring 2015.
Aromatically, this light green and gold Pouilly-Fuisse reveals floral, hawthorn blossom and hints of vanilla and oak. Structured mid palate layers of fresh white fruits segue into an elegant chiseled and persistent finish.
[Information provided by J.H.N.]
*Jonathan Newman was Wine Enthusiasts’ Man of the Year. He also was Chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, and received national recognition in Marvin Shanken’s Market Watch Magazine and many other international wine publications. He was also awarded the Guild of Sommeliers highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. Mr. Newman's reviews have been published and quoted extensively online and in print. He travels extensively to many of the major wine growing regions and evaluates many of the wines we source from smaller and boutique wineries. We interact closely with him and the result is his rejection rate of over 96% of the wines evaluated.