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2011 Thibert Les Cras Pouilly Fuisse

Retail: $34.99

$29.99

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Rating
95 Pts Neal Martin - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Color
White

Size
750 mL

ABV
13.0%

Closure Type
Cork

Vintage
2011

Varietal(s)
Chardonnay


Organic

BioDynamic

Collectable

Kosher

Sparkling

Dessert


Taste

apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream and vanilla

Nose

apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream and vanilla

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Neal Martin - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:

"The outstanding 2011 Pouilly-Fuisse Les Cras comes from three small plots that Christophe lamented possess exceptionally hard limestone soils. But the effort is worth it. The Les Cras has a very pretty, understated bouquet that opens beautifully in the glass with delicate lemon curd and apple-blossom scents. The palate shows entrancing balance, a silky smooth texture, effortless harmony. The wine builds in the mouth toward a succinct, lightly honeyed finish that will leave you wondering why you wasted all your money on Corton-Charlemagne all those years. Sell that and load up on this."

"The silver lining of having precisely zero wines ready to taste at the BIVB upon my arrival was an impromptu visit to the village of Fuisse and Domaine Thibert Pere & Fils. As luck would have it, my first visit to a Maconnais winery on this trip provided a treasure trove of often outstanding wines overseen by brother and sister, Christophe and Sandrine Thibert. Christophe was brimming over with ideas, cautiously optimistic for his beloved region with the prospect of Macon’s Premier Cru denomination that would surely benefit growers like him. Upon the first introductory shake of hands, I experienced that “vibe,” a subliminal message that assures you are in the presence of conscientious vignerons. And so it was proven through the two-hour comprehensive tasting. Domaine Thibert Pere & Fils is one of the few Maconnais producers to really nail the idea of “selection parcellaire”: honing in on plots with common geological characteristics and bottling them separately. Out in the vineyard they practice organic viticulture and a lutte raisonnee approach and it was clear that the terroirs were clearly translated into the wine with the clarity of anything in the Cote d’Or thanks to Christophe’s minimalist intervention and judicious use of oak, often utilizing no more than around 10% new wood. This domaine has only really taken off in recent years since its modest beginnings back in the late 1960s. Most of their holdings are within the ambit of Fuisse, although it has expanded in recent years so that there are now 26 hectares scattered across Macon. Christophe cited 2007 as the key turning point, when his ideas really began to coalesce in terms of viticulture and focusing upon the mosaic of terroirs. While the entry level wines represent good value (and do not ignore their rip-roaring fruit packed sparkling Cremant rose), those seeking more intellect should head straight for the Pouilly-Fuisse bottlings that are often imbued with immense complexity and nuance. The only obstacle at the moment is the lack of space and their current facility is not so much cramped, but certainly “cozy.” Fortunately, there are plans to expand the winery so that Christophe will be more at liberty to extend elevage when necessary. Readers disowning white Burgundy because of prices or premox or both, should really stock up on these wines." (08/13)

Allen Meadows - Burghound:

"Discreet if not invisible wood serve as an unobtrusive backdrop for the pretty aromas of apple, pear and white peach. There is superb intensity and detail to the almost pungently mineral-driven middle weight flavors that possess plenty of punch on the markedly precise, bone dry and strikingly persistent finish. Like the Vignes Blanches this is really very stylish. Worth considering." (09/12)

Product Description:

Producer:
"From families of winemakers for more than seven generations, and Andree Rene. Thibert created their own domain in 1967 (2.50 ha), in a house dating from the nineteenth century."

"Their two children, Sandrine and Christophe, today only co-managers have built respectively in 1999 and 1991 Domaine."

"Over the years, the vineyard is growing and marketing of bottles developed.

- 2005, all production of field is centralized in a new building in which the work begins from the receipt of the harvest to shipping bottles.

- 2009, creating a tasting room can accommodate groups up to 60 people (possibility of conferences, seminars, etc ...). Thibert The Father & son is now 23 hectares area including all titles are represented South Macon ." - Winery

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