Last night we opened a bottle of Château des Rontets Pouilly-Fuissé Clos Varambon 2009, and it was singing a most harmonious and elegant tune. Crafted by our good friends at Château des Rontets, the Clos Varambon is organically certified by Ecocert, fermented with natural yeasts in 6 to 8 year old barrels without pigeage or remontage, and aged on fine lees for 12 months in old barrels from Chassin, Seguin Moreau and Darguad. Planted to 40-year-old vines at 350m, the Clos Varambon surrounds the Chateau and is the highest vineyard in Pouilly-Fuisse.
Owned by the Gazeau-Varambon family since 1850, the estate totals 6.5ha of vines on soil that's a mixture of clay and limestone with fairly pebbly subsoil, which offers excellent drainage. Since the '90's the Château has been overseen by the husband and wife team Fabio Montrasi and Clair Gazeau, who returned to Claire's familial home to restore the soil to its organic state, after years of working as architects in Milano.
Fabio Montrasi of Château des Rontets
In the glass, the Clos Varambon 2009 offers creamy minerality infused with yellow citrus fruits and fresh acidity that folds the wine onto the palate like sheets of silk. With a hint of celery seed, the notes of elegance linger with a light white pepper finish. A brilliant expression of Chardonnay, the Clos Varambon '09 is the perfect aperitif or accompaniment to most any meal shared at the table.