Friday, August 20, 2021

Pouilly Fuisse - new 1er Cru Status

Starting in 2020 Pouilly Fuisse has been granted 1er Cru Status for some vineyards!
We have a few in stock now that will be labeled 1er starting in 2020!

Grab these now, I am sure prices will go up when 1er is attached to the label!

1er Cru!
Very small production - only 200 cases imported!
2016 Chateau Fuisse Pouilly Fuisse Les Clos Monopole...$69.99

Aromas of Meyer lemon, orange blossom, delicately musky peach, honeycomb and wheat toast introduce the 2016 Pouilly-Fuissé Le Clos, a full-bodied, multidimensional wine with terrific depth and concentration at the core, balanced by succulent acids and concluding with a long, perfumed finish. It's similar in scale to the Brûlées, but it's simultaneously more intense and more controlled; it's also the most elegant of the Château Fuissé's wines. Drink 2018-2032
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate
This historic domaine continues to make some of the best wines in Pouilly-Fuissé under the latest generation of the Vincent family. Sourced from one of the village’s great vineyards, this is a stylish, exotic, sensitively oaked wine that combines fruit concentration with underlying freshness and zip.
Rated 95/100 Tim Atkin, Master of Wine

1er Cru!
2019 Domaine Barraud Pouilly Fuisse Sur La Roche...$53.99

This too is presently carrying full-on fermentation aromas and is impossible to judge. More interesting are the exceptionally rich and imposingly dense broad-shouldered flavors that are at once caressing but powerful thanks to the copious amount of dry extract that also serves to buffer the moderately firm acid spine shaping the beautifully long finish. Note that while this should generously repay mid-term cellaring, it's not so structured that it could not be approached after only a few years.
Rated 91-93/100 Allen Meadows, Burghound

Pouilly-Fuissé granted new premier cru designations - Decanter Magazine
After a 10-year application process, the French National Institute of Origin and Quality (INAO) approved the classification making Pouilly-Fuissé the first appellation within Burgundy’s Mâconnais sub-region to benefit from premier cru vineyards.

Frédéric-Marc Burrier, president of the Pouilly-Fuissé growers association, said the result was a ‘dream come true’ and beckons ‘the beginning of a new era for Pouilly-Fuissé, and probably for Mâconnais as well’.

Burrier says the long process was necessary in order to fully integrate the idea of a Premier Cru quality hierarchy within the mindsets of the growers, and that the main key to the application’s approval was their ability to remain united.

‘We learned a lot about willpower, tenacity, and patience. We always tried to convince the growers to favour a collective success rather than individual interests. They understood it, and in order to discuss with INAO, it was very important to show a united strength’.

The 22 new premier crus represent a total of 194ha under vine, accounting for roughly 24% of Pouilly-Fuissé’s total vineyard area (800ha). The newly-classified vineyards are spread over four communes of the appellation that only produce white wine from Chardonnay: Chaintré, Fuissé, Solutré-Pouilly and Vergisson.

The new status begins with the 2020 vintage, currently being harvested, and will appear on the market after 12-18 months.

The proposal to recognise specific sites as premier crus was first initiated by Burrier in 2007 and a formal application submitted to the INAO in 2010.

Since then, the appellation worked alongside the INAO and the Organization for the Defense and Management (ODG) to determine the worthiness of these terroirs. This included years of analysis which saw the creation of a detailed map outlining the appellation’s 217 legally-registered liex-dits from which subsequent analysis was made into elevation, aspect, slope, and soils as well as the history, cultural practises and pricing models of each climat.

A number of blind tastings were also conducted by a panel of experts. The application went into its final review phase in November 2019 with the ultimate decision delayed until after the lifting of lockdown restrictions in France revealing the final decision at the beginning of September.

Burrier hopes the ruling will help achieve further critical acclaim for the region’s white wines and a renewed interest in visits to the region for Burgundy lovers to ‘discover and evaluate’ the 22 new premier crus.

It is the first time since 1943 that a premier cru level is newly recognised in a Burgundian appellation. I hope it will allow Pouilly-Fuisse to achieve recognition as part of the greatest white wine appellation in Burgundy.’

The 22 new premier crus, commune by commune:

Le Clos de Monsieur Noly
Les Chevrières
Aux Quarts
Le Clos Reyssier

Le Clos
Les Brulés
Les Ménétrières
Les Reisses
Les Vignes Blanches
Les Perrières
Vers Cras

La Frérie
Le Clos de Solutré
Au Vignerais
En Servy
Aux Bouthières
Aux Chailloux
Vers Cras

Les Crays
La Maréchaude
Sur la Roche
En France

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