White, Ready, but will keep

2015 Pouilly-Fuissé, Domaine Camille Paquet

2015 Pouilly-Fuissé, Domaine Camille Paquet

White | Ready, but will keep | Domaine Camille Paquet | Code:  45669 | 2015 | France > Burgundy > The Maconnais > Pouilly Fuisse | Chardonnay | Medium Bodied, Dry | 13.5 % alcohol

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92/100

WA - The 2015 Pouilly-Fuiss was matured ten months in wood (10% new) plus another nine months in stainless steel. I tasted the wine twice, once in Burgundy, where it felt muted; however, another bottle tasting at my home was far superior. Fresh and crisp on the nose with apple blossom, lemon curd and a touch of slate, the oak here is discrete but lends weight. The palate is well balanced with a fine line of acidity, crisp and fresh with wonderful focus and just the right amount of tension towards the finish. This is just superb.
Neal Martin - 31/08/2017

The Producer

Domaine Camille Paquet

Domaine Camille Paquet

The Grape

Chardonnay

Chardonnay

Chardonnay is the "Big Daddy" of white wine grapes and one of the most widely planted in the world. It is suited to a wide variety of soils, though it excels in soils with a high limestone content as found in Champagne, Chablis, and the Côte D`Or.

Burgundy is Chardonnay's spiritual home and the best White Burgundies are dry, rich, honeyed wines with marvellous poise, elegance and balance. They are unquestionably the finest dry white wines in the world. Chardonnay plays a crucial role in the Champagne blend, providing structure and finesse, and is the sole grape in Blanc de Blancs.

It is quantitatively important in California and Australia, is widely planted in Chile and South Africa, and is the second most widely planted grape in New Zealand. In warm climates Chardonnay has a tendency to develop very high sugar levels during the final stages of ripening and this can occur at the expense of acidity. Late picking is a common problem and can result in blowsy and flabby wines that lack structure and definition.

Recently in the New World, we have seen a move towards more elegant, better- balanced and less oak-driven Chardonnays, and this is to be welcomed.

The Region

Pouilly Fuisse

Pouilly-Fuissé is the most distinguished wine appellation in the Mâconnais, making rich, full-bodied white Burgundy from Chardonnay in four communes: Chaintré, Fuissé, Solutré-Pouilly and Vergisson. There is a move afoot to consider classifying individual vineyard sites.

Since arriving in the Mâconnais in 1987, Olivier and Corinne Merlin have become among the region’s most respected producers. After 10 years, they began buying Pouilly-Fuissé grapes, and now make three different cuvées each vintage.

Pouilly-Fuissé should not be confused with Pouilly-Fumé or Pouilly-sur-Loire in the Loire Valley that produce wines from Sauvignon Blanc.

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