2016 Marie-Pierre Manciat Pouilly-Fuisse les Petites Bruyeres

Year: 2016
Appellation: Macon
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 90+
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
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"The 2016 Pouilly Fuisse les Petites Bruyeres has quite a punchy, enticing bouquet with Golden Delicious, orange pith and slight waxy scents, though I would have liked to see a little more delineation here. The palate is fresh and vibrant with Clementine, white pepper and a tang of ginger that becomes quite pronounced with continued aeration. Give this a year or two in bottle as it has something up its sleeve." (WA)


So many Pouilly-Fuisse wines have for centuries produced pleasant, thirst-quenching and charming Chardonnay wines of limited complexity and yet well worth there more modest price. In other words they offer decent value, especially when compared to the much more costly gems of the Cote d’Beaune. Then along come that exception -- as in the case of this 2016 Les Petites Bruyeres, which breaks the generalization and exhibits a richer more intense Chardonnay character with a an exceptional acid balance and that creamy texture found in the better Chardonnay. Thought I doubt if the wine had any wood age, it still wonderfully exhibits richness and a stay on the palate intensity that amazed me. Certainly one of the finest Chardonnay now on the market selling for less then thirty dollars, let alone its bargain price of $19.95.

(Martin's Guide to Wine Bargains)

Winery Notes:
Marie-Pierre Manciat was born into a family of vignerons. After taking over the reins of her family?s estate in 2002, she became a sixth-generation winemaker. Her family has been making wine since 1871 and has instilled in her a strong sense of tradition, time- honored winemaking practices, and the value of quality over quantity. Her father, Claude Manciat, was one of the top producers in the Maconnais area. Up until the early 1980?s, his wines were sold in bulk to local negociants. He has been able to attain a stunning level of quality due to his meticulous viticulture and vinification techniques. This translates into exceptional purity and texture apparent in the wines produced. Marie-Pierre lets each terroir express itself and according to its personality, wines are aged differently, in either stainless steel tanks or oak barrels.

Immediate pressing of the grapes after the harvest. Settling after 24 hours. Malolactic fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, indigenous yeasts only, fining. Aged during 10 months on fine lees in tank and slight Kieselguhr filtration.

The well-known Pouilly-Fuissé appellation is located in the south of burgundy, in the Macon region. Les Petites Bruyères is located at an altitude of 250m on clay and limestone soil from the Jurassic. Exposition south, south-West in the Fuissé Village.

Grapes are picked at their optimal maturity and slightly pressed; the debourbage is done 24 hours after. Then, the bright juice starts the two fermentations, alcoholic and then malolactic, in stainless steel tanks at low temperature to preserve the freshness of the fruit at its maximum. The Petite Bruyères is aged during 10 months on fine lees and slightly filtered. The cuvee is bottled during the following summer.

Les Petites Bruyères offers an incredible balance of acidity and maturity. Its finesse and aromatic precision forego a long finish.

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