Classic Burgundy. This is serious chardonnay, as good as one sees from the Maconnais. The aromatics are classic, the intensity and weight... world-class, the balance, everything is banging here.
93 points, Bob Sprentall, B-21 Proprietor (Dec 2014) (96GPS)
Olivier Giroux stands in front of the iron gate that leads to his monopole site from which he takes the name for his top wine as well as his Domaine. This is the "Clos des Rocs," a 70 year old parcel of the most profound Chardonnay grapes in the whole of the Maconnais, and Olivier is its tireless advocate. Most folks in this corner of Burgundy consider Michel Bettane – twenty years with La Revue du vin de France, now independent as co-author of Le Classement des Meilleurs Vins de France – the top connoisseur for the wines of the Maconnais. For him, Olivier's Pouilly-Loche selections have no rival. For me – plenty of years under my belt, too – I think this as good as it gets. Olivier's vines dig deep through noble clay and limestone, rendering each selection uniquely mineral, full of tension and with a power, yet precision that Olivier carefully, painstakingly coaxes from land and must. "Quatre Saisons" is particularly explosive; if there is a better Maconnais out there, I haven't tasted it.
Bob Sprentall, B-21 Proprietor (Dec 2014)