Most Elegant White Wines of Southerly Burgundy
Pouilly-Fuissé appellation produces one of the great wines of Burgundy in central France. The vineyards cover 7.60 square kilometers of steep slopes, forming a circus around four villages: Solutré, Vergisson, Chaintré, and Fuissé. The clay and limestone soils, sometimes shale, are well exposed and have a very fragmented distribution that hosts the vineyards at an altitude between 250 to 350 meters above the sea level.
This terroir allows the production of 4,200,000 liters on average for each year of white wines, made only from the Chardonnay grape variety, but which present a great diversity that reflects the climates’ variability hosting the vines. The grape harvests are also practiced in offset. On the north-facing slopes of Vergisson, they take place two weeks later than on the slopes of Chaintré (south). The earliest grapes then give fatter juices, and later, more mineral and generally more nervous juices. The wines produced in this area would then deserve a hierarchy, with classifications Premiers Crus, but failing, the producers appear on the labels the name of the best places-said cadastral.
Wines with Unmatched Aromas
Generally, this AOC’s wines are light and dry wines, round and fleshy, with a gorgeous gold robe with emerald highlights. Raised in oak barrels, wines can be enriched with distinctive aromas of grilled almonds. But in any case, they need at least six months of rest in the bottle to reach their fullness.
There are no Premier Cru vineyards within the AOC Pouilly-Fuissé. The AOC was born on 11 September 1936.
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A part of the important features of Pouilly-Fuissé appellation for dry white wines are as follows:
- Soil: Clay or clay-limestone, sometimes shale.
- Taste: Light.
- Wine color: White.
- Aromas: Broom nose, white flowers, verbena, fern, and citrus.
- Aging potential: 1 – 2 years.
- Serving temperature: 7 to 9° C
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