2018 Saumaize-Michelin Pouilly-Fuisse Vignes Blanches

Year: 2018
Appellation: Maconnais
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 91
Burghound: 89-92
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :
$29.95

"Aromas of pear, citrus oil, white flowers and blanched almonds introduce the 2018 Pouilly-Fuissé Vignes Blanches, a medium to full-bodied, satiny but incisive wine that's one of the more tightly wound, structured bottlings in the range this year. This has turned out nicely and should reward some bottle age.

As I've written before, Christine and Roger Saumaize preside over this fine 9.5-hectare domaine in Vergisson. Biodynamic farming, limited yields and manual harvesting are the fundamentals of their approach in the vineyards, followed by fermentation in barrel. The various parcels have been vinified separately since 1985. The wines are concentrated and structured, exemplifying the artisanal excellence that seems to proliferate in Vergisson, and the 2018 vintage has turned out nicely." (WA)

"A cool, pretty and equally airy nose offers up notes of green apple, acacia blossom and a plenitude of citrus influences. There is fine density and evident minerality suffusing the delicious and well-detailed flavors that culminate in a very dry finish that hints of bitter lemon and warmth appear." (BH)

Winery Notes:
In the past, the red vineyards far outnumbered the white in the Maconnais. However, this old plot has always been planted to Chardonnay, as land is better suited to a white grape - hence its name, Vignes Blanches. The nose shows elegant aromas of white flowers (honeysuckle, acacia) and yellow fruits with mineral notes and brioche nuances. The wine is expressive and balanced with a silky texture, mineral and rich flavors finishing on a saline refreshing finish.