Tuesday, December 13, 2022

1er Cru Pouilly Fuisse

Starting in 2020 Pouilly Fuisse has been granted 1er Cru Status for some vineyards!
Our first 1er Cru Pouilly Fuisse wines are in stock! Very limited!

2020 Chateau Fuisse Pouilly Fuisse Clos de Jeanne 1er Cru...$64.99
There is more toasty ripe apple to the nose than citrus; the wine is perhaps a bit heavily wooded, but holding it well. On the palate, there is substantial extract and length, but enough freshness to balance everything out. Formerly called Le Clos and located in the premier cru lieu-dit Les Perrières, this 0.64ha site in the village of Fuissé was baptised Le Clos de Jeanne in 2020. It has always been among Ferret's top sites, yielding a powerful and concentrated wine
Rated 93/100 Decanter Magazine
The 2020 Pouilly-Fuissé Tête de Cru Clos de Jeanne is how Ferret's "Le Clos" bottling has been rechristened, the conundrum being that this parcel falls within the new premier cru Les Perrières. While the label may have changed, the wine behind the label is as excellent as ever, exhibiting aromas of citrus oil, pear and crisp stone fruit mingled with notions of blanched almonds and vanilla pod. Medium to full-bodied, ample and satiny, with a fleshy core, lively acids and a precise, nutmeg-inflected finish, it's one of the most charming bottlings in the range.
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

2020 Chateau Fuisse Pouilly Fuisse Les Menetrieres 1er Cru...$79.99
The king of the cellar is the 2020 Pouilly-Fuissé Hors-Classe Les Ménétrières, a brilliant wine in the making that unfurls in the glass with notes of peach, pear, confit citrus, hazelnuts, nutmeg, vanilla pod and light reduction. Full-bodied, ample and satiny, with a textural attack that segues into a layered and enveloping core, this concentrated, vibrant wine concludes with a long, resonant finish.
Rated 94+/100 The Wine Advocate

2020 Chateau Fuisse Pouilly Fuisse Les Perrieres 1er Cru...$64.99

Here too the wood treatment is more prominent on the ripe aromas of dried apricot, poached pear and anise. There is impressive size, weight and power to the bigger and equally generously proportioned flavors that brim with both dry extract and minerality before culminating in an elegant but powerful and chalky finish. Patience advised here too as this excellent effort brims with upside development potential
Rated 93/100 Burghound
Exhibiting aromas of pear, crisp melon, freshly baked bread, waxy citrus rind and iodine, Ferret's 2020 Pouilly-Fuissé Tête de Cru Les Perrières is medium to full-bodied, textural but chiseled, with a racy spine of acidity and a taut, mineral profile. As ever, it will demand a bit of patience.
Rated 92+/100 The Wine Advocate

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.....‘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
  • Pouilly
  • Vers Cras

  • Les Crays
  • La Maréchaude
  • Sur la Roche
  • En France

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