Saturday Tasting: October 24th

The Mâconnais is very much considered Chardonnay country, second in volume only to Chablis.  Chardonnay also happens to be the name of a village about 25 km north of the city of Mâcon, and may have given the grape its name.  In comparison to Chablis Mâcon tends to be fruitier and more open, and lacks the sharp minirality of Chablis.   While Pouilly-Fuissé is considered the best-known appellation in the Mâcon, there are no Premier Cru vineyards.  Pouilly-Fuissé includes the wines of four communes-Fuissé, Solutré-Pouilly, Vergisson, and Chaintré.  Two large limestone escarpments define the landscape of the southern Mâconnais.  This appellation was one of the first white French wines to become a staple of sophistication on American tables.

Pouilly-Fuissé J.A. Ferret (Burgundy) 2003

Domaine J.A. Ferret has long been one of the top producers in Pouilly-Fuissé.  The estate was managed by the family from 1840 until 2008 when it was purchased by Louis Jadot.  Jeanne Ferret who managed the estate well in to her eighties until she died in 1993 was known to be a stickler for detail, her finger was on the pulse of every aspect of the process.  These vines sit on clay and limestone soils in Fuissé amphitheater.  The wine has loads of depth and richness, with notes of fresh hazelnuts, and an intense and very long finish.  The age on this has transformed an already great wine to something spectacular.

Pouilly-Fuissé D. de la Chapelle “Vieilles Vignes” (Burgundy) 2013

The owner of this Domaine is Pascal Rollet.  The 80 year old small parcel of vines sits on the edge of Solutre called Clos de la Chapelle.  He hand harvest all of his vineyards at low yields.  This wine is rich in ripe tropical fruits, with some round acidity, and lots of citrus.