Saint-Amour "La Poulette"


Domaine de la Pirolette makes two single-vineyard wines, each showcasing a different terroir found within Saint-Amour. The "Poulette" comes from pink granite and is vinified entirely in cement eggs. The shape allows the lees to be contantly moving. The "Poulette" has a great attack, with gorgeous, lifted rasperry and black cherry fruit with a mineral back bone. Total production is 200 cases. 

94 points
"The lieu à dit of la Poulette is founded on a soil of red granite, which Grégory Barbet notes “is quite similar to much of Fleurie” in its soil signature. As noted above, this was completely barrel-fermented in 2016 and the wine was showing excellent, youthful potential at the time of my visit. The superb bouquet jumps from the glass in a blend of sappy red and black cherries, a lovely vein of granite, gamebird, a bit of bonfire and a fine topnote of fresh thyme. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and beautifully structured out of the blocks, with a lovely core, excellent focus and grip and a long, complex and suavely tannic finish. This will need four or five years for the tannins to start to fall away convincingly, but it is going to be excellent wine once it blossoms. "
John Gilman,
View From the Cellar
, July 2018

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