An Affordable Pouilly Fuisse that Drinks Like a Meursault!

An Affordable Pouilly Fuisse that Drinks Like a Meursault!

Posted on May, 05. 2011 by

Categories: Wine

We really had a solid lineup at last night’s tasting, across the board, but this wine…this is something that deserves your undivided attention. I’m speaking of the 2009 Petite Chapelle Pouilly Fuisse, from Mathilde Lafleur, and please believe me when I say that I was not being hyperbolic in my subject line.

Pouilly Fuisse is the best known appellation in the little sister of Burgundy proper, the Macon. With limestone and clay abound, the terroir here is perfect for growing Chardonnay, and while it does get plenty of attention in Maconnaise terms, there’s often a very conspicuous ceiling in terms of depth and that otherworldly character that the vineyards north of Chagny in Beaune are more capable of. What I personally love about Maconnaise wine, though, is that it’s by and large so unabashed and unpretentious. The top half of the crop hardly ever over-oak their wine, some welcome natural oxidation, and they all, with very few exceptions, put the grapes and the terroir on display with no masks. But, again, the flip side is that so often the quality of that fruit has a bit of a ceiling compared to Beaune fruit.

So when you find a wine with the best of both worlds, you don’t mince words or waste any time. I’ll be frank: this is every bit as good as the $30+ wines that we tasted at Chateau Meursault. It far outpaces its modest price tag, with an energetic raciness and plush, ripe fruit surrounded by an absolutely lovely shell of rich vanilla and praline (which is what really reminds me of Meursault). The composure of this wine, the quality level, will astound you, astound your dinner guests, and astound your wine geek friends when you pour it to them blind. With the price of merely acceptable Cote d’Or Bourgogne Blanc creeping into the upper teens and lower $20’s, there’s simply no better deal in everyday White Burg (and few comparable deals in the white wine world as a whole) than the Petite Chapelle.

2009 Petite Chapelle Pouilly Fuisse
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $15.48 • Premier Cru: $16.19 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $21.00
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