Andrew Guard

2013 Pouilly-Loché '1er Réserve', Céline & Laurent Tripoz

This wine radiates bright, light platinum and has very sleek and attractive aromas of orange and lime zest, spices and stone. In the mouth there are intense flavours of white peach and soft citrus fruits, all kept in check by a strong line of acidity. This is a very precise and pure wine showing texture, sap, concentration and plenty of texture. I love this vintage for Chardonnay in the Maconnais and this is a beauty.  

Domaine Tripoz is certified Biodynamic and in addition to that the vineyard work is much what one would expect from a quality-conscious estate: severe pruning, de-budding and leaf-plucking (exclusively on the side facing the rising sun). Green harvesting is only employed however when deemed absolutely necessary. The harvest date is timed to ensure that the grapes are brought in at optimum maturity, thus avoiding the need for any “additions” later on in the winemaking process. The bunches are collected in cases which are taken directly to the cellar to encourage as little damage to the grapes as possible - and by extension as little oxidation - prior to pressing. It should also be noted that in keeping with their non-interventionist philosophy, additions of sulphur are kept to a strict minimum in the cellar.