Terroir: The Le Brulé vineyard sits directly behind the Château Fuissé and is adjacent to Le Clos. The vineyard is true to it’s name (burned) as it’s fruit enjoys a full southern exposure to the full days sunlight throughout the growing season. The vineyard is steep and very well drained.
Vinification: Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation take place entirely in barrel. The wine is aged for 12 months in new oak in the cellars of Château Fuissé.
Yellow golden color, the Les Brûlés shows aromas of ripe fruit, jam, melted sugar, hints of smoke and some delicate vanilla on the nose. On the palate, the attack is fresh and aromatic, round and dense, with a good fatness and a nice volume. Acacia honey, toasted bread some oak and hazelnut delicately smoked towards the finish. A full-bodied wine, rich and powerful. Technical Details
Winemaker: Antoine Vincent
Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
Soil: Clay, Calcareous pebbles
Sizes Available: 750ml
Pack Size: 12/750ml
Varietals: 100% Chardonnay
Score: 93 Points
Wine EnthusiastAuthor: Roger Voss Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
"With its full southern exposure, this vineyard has enough summer heat to merit its nickname of “the burning vineyard.” Of course, the wine that comes from here is impressively rich, full of ripe yellow fruits with a textured character. It is dense and will certainly age. Drink from 2021."
Grade: Best Buy
Score: 92 Points
The Wine AdvocateAuthor: William Kelley Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
"The 2016 Pouilly-Fuissé Les Brûlés is a richer, ampler wine than the Combottes, wafting from the glass with notes of musky peach, citrus blossom and a spicy framing of new oak. On the palate, it's full-bodied, deep and foursquare, with good tangy acids and a saline finish despite its scale and power. It's matured in 100% new wood, but it has digested it remarkably well."
Score: 88 Points
Wine SpectatorAuthor: Bruce Sanderson Date: Sunday, September 30, 2018
"Lush and spicy, displaying clove, nutmeg and cinnamon flavors. Feels a tad soft, despite some apple-accented acidity, with moderate length. Drink now."
VinousAuthor: Stephen Tanzer Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
"(13.6% alcohol; this full south-facing vineyard was picked first in 2016, on September 15; the estate made just six barrels of wine, or 12 hectoliters per hectare, as the hailstorm cut yields by 70%; aged in 100% new oak): Bright yellow with green highlights. Aromas of yellow peach, brown spices and vanillin oak. Quite oaky on the palate but leavened by a limestone pungency. ("We like to catch the limestone component of marl, which is very saline," noted Vincent.) Best today on the tactile, salty, surprisingly long finish. This is less extreme than I would have expected, considering the tiny yield and very early harvest date."
Grade: 90-91 points
BurghoundDate: Sunday, October 1, 2017
"(from vines that face due south and aged in 100% new oak). More evident wood fights somewhat with the riper aromas of pear and apple compote that exhibit a pretty floral element. As is usually the case there is more volume and richness to the intense and relatively powerful medium-bodied flavors that culminate in a lingering and firm finish. This is notably more austere and restrained than usual and will definitely benefit from some bottle age. "