We introduced the rising star duo of Antoine and Clément Bouret in last year’s Christmas list by featuring their beguiling Brut "L' Extreverte." This year we are showcasing “Le Fond Bateau,” the first of Pertois.Lebrun’s mono-parcel “Les Fideles” expressions where the identity and terroir of the family’s most exalted plots are to be revealed. Located in the Grand Cru of Chouilly (right on the border with Cramant) the three-and-a.half-acre Le Fond Bateau vineyard was planted by the brother’s grandfather Paul Pertois in 1955. Not surprisingly, the brothers see themselves as stewards of their vinous inheritance and practice eco-responsible viticulture to promote plant vitality and the microbiological life of their soils. This cuvée was matured primarily (75%) in stainless steel tanks and 25% in oak barrels for ten months. After blending, bottling took place in July of 2013 and then the cuvée was aged on yeast 81 months and finished with a minimal dosage of 1.5 g/l. The result is a remarkable juxtaposition of old.vine power with the finesse that accrues from long-term bottle aging on the yeast. The fresh bouquet exudes citrus blossoms, lychee and pineapple along with hints of wet stones and anise. On the palate the attack is energetic with laser-focused peach and tangerine impressions permeated with a bracing minerality that emerges in the long, juicy finish. A “rock-licker’s” delight that will soar with all manner of shellfish.