Les Birbettes

Les Birbettes

Appellation: Pouilly-Fuissé
Varietal: Chardonnay
Vineyards: Clos Varambon
Orientation: North facing hilltop exposure
Average age of vines: 70 - 90 years
Principal soil type: Silt and clay above limestone base

The very oldest vines of the Clos produce Les Birbettes and have all lived much more than sixty years. They grow on a single hectare composed of four separate plots: two of them planted in the 1920s, right after the phylloxera epidemic, and two in 1945 at the end of World War II.

The wine produced with these grapes expresses more purity and verticality, and is distinguished by a saline imprint which we consider the clearest expression of minerality. This is a cuvée which starts to express itself completely from the third year in the bottle and becomes more and more complex during the following years. The good vintages of Les Birbettes can age from 10 to 15 years or more.

Les Birbettes fact sheet (PDF)

Regions

France

Beaujolais
Burgundy
Champagne
Montagne de Reims Emmanuel Brochet Côte des Bars Domaine Marie Courtin Valleé de la Marne Flavien Nowack
Southwest
Côtes du Marmandais Élian Da Ros
Jura
Languedoc
Terrasses du Larzac Domaine du Pas de L’Escalette Saint Chinian Domaine Rimbert
Loire
Provence
Rhône

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