June 9, 2011

Ropiteau Pouilly Fuisse Les Villages (2006)

Bottle of Pouilly Fuisse from 2006
Burgundy, a name that needs no introduction for wine lovers. One of my favorite lines about wine is in the TV show Chuck, when Chuck says the wine is a "beautiful Burgundy from Bordeaux," leading to all the Frenchmen present to correct him rudely saying "that is not possible, they are both regions!"
Ropiteau Wines was founded by Jean Ropiteau in 1848 and has been making incredible wines since then. The winery works closely with local growers so they have a major influence in the growing process and select only the best grapes from vineyards throughout Burgundy. The winery pays close attention to details in every process of the making and it shows with their wines. This wine is 100% Chardonnay and comes from grapes harvested in 2006. 

Holding the glass to my nose the wine has wonderful aromas of Anjou pears and lemon peels. The color is a very light almost clear yellow and is beautiful in the glass. With the first sip I immediately pick up flavors of vanilla bean and lemon with a finish of honey, grass and pear. The finish is very smooth and semi-long with the taste of honey on the back of my palate. It is a very dry Chardonnay that is incredibly balanced and not too oaky.

I would give this wine a 91 rating and it definitely has been one of the better wines I have had lately. It is definitely an upper class Chardonnay and really shows great flavors. I feel that Chardonnay's are one wine that can be incredibly butchered but not this one. Goes great with fish and vegetables but more importantly is great on its own.  A must try Chardonnay. Looking back on the wine, I am not sure why my wife and I used some it in the sauce for our seafood pasta dish, but oh well.
Glass of Ropiteau - Pouilly Fuisse
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