Domaine Thibert ~ Pouilly Vinzelles AOC Les Longeays 2011

Domaine Thibert ~ Pouilly Vinzelles AOC Les Longeays 2011
£19.50 / bottle£222.30 / case (12 bottles)
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Country: France
Grapes: Chardonnay
Region: Burgundy
Style: Rich Creamy Whites
Wine Types: White Wines
Wine Types: Limited Edition Wines
Drink: Now to 2020
Oaked
Cork
ABV: 13%

Tasting Notes

The story

A burgundy from one of my favourite white Burgundy producers, Domaine Thibert. Christophe and Sandrine Thibert practise organic viticulture and minimum intervention preferring to let the "terroir" and the oak ageing show through in its wines. Pouilly Vinzelles Les Longeays is one of the Mâconnais sites being considered for Premier Cru status, expected in 2018, so worth investing in now.

The wine

This is quite rich and intense in style having a few years under its belt. If a little closed on the nose initially let it breathe a few minutes to reveal citrus fruits, apples and pears. The fruits are less subtle on the palate and combine beautifully with marzipan and some spice. This is a very smooth and elegant wine with good structure and a very tasty finish.

Update to tasting note December 2014; this wine is developing that lovely "butteriness" of classic white Burgundy.  It is definitely opening up and no longer tightly coiled as in August 2013 when Robert Parker's team tasted it. Beautiful and very classy.

Don't serve this wine too cold as the lovely flavours may be lost.  Be careful pouring the last few drops as there may sometimes be a deposit which is harmless and a natural consequence of minimum or no filtration, ensuring in Domaine Thibert's words "full aromatic expression and richness of flavours"

This wine is at its peak now and will remain very drinkable for two or three years until c. 2020.

This lovely wine is only available now as a one-bottle gift pack. I am hoping to have a newer vintage of this wine for inclusion in 6 or 12 bottle mixed cases very soon as I have a trip planned to Domaine Thibert.

For another lovely wine from Domaine Thibert, try their sparkling rosé, Crémant de Bourgogne, which makes a great alternative to champagne.

Food Pairing

Recommended for drinking with fish, seafood including scallops, foie gras, roast chicken, ham, pork, veal, creamy sauces, parmesan cheese, mushrooms, truffle. Generally it is not so good with other cheeses, tomato-based sauces, Chinese food, Thai food and, though it has the body to stand up to many of them, curries.

Awards

89 points   Robert Parker   Aug 2013
"The 2011 Pouilly-Vinzelles Les Longeays has a crisp, stony bouquet that is tightly coiled at the moment: dewy green apples mixed with freshly sliced pear. The palate is well-balanced with a fine line of acidity. It is harmonious, probably better in the mouth than on the nose and comes with a mouth-tingling spicy finish. Very fine. Drink now-2020."

Citrus fruits, apples and pears... combine beautifully with marzipan and some spice.
From a site expected to be granted Premier Cru status, this is a very smooth and elegant wine with good structure and a very tasty finish

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