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2015 Domaine Saumaize-Michelin Pouilly Fuisse "Clos Sue La Roche"

SKU #1324867 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Pouilly Fuisse Clos Sur la Roche has a clean and precise, stony, mineral-driven bouquet that is supremely well focused and seems full of energy and promise. The palate is very well balanced with fine acidity, plenty of concentration here, but it feels so controlled and precise, gently fanning out toward the finish with gorgeous orange zest and white peach notes lingering long on the aftertaste. What a fabulous Pouilly-Fuissé from Saumaize-Michelin. Roger and Christine Saumaize took over the domaine back in 1978 and, in my opinion, are one of the top producers in the Mâconnais. Still, that does not mean they don't suffer the same challenges as others: before commencing our tasting, they lamented how their workers can go AWOL. Trust me, that affects even the most prestigious properties. They have been biodynamic since 2005, although they are not certified. "We had exceptional conditions in 2015, but we were worried about the heat in the summer," Roger explained. (NM)  (8/2017)

93 points Vinous

 Bright yellow. Lemon, pèche de vigne and a note of spicy oak on the nose, plus a sexy whiff of greenness; the most subtle of these 2015s on the nose. Vibrant mineral-driven acidity gives terrific definition to this very densely packed wine, with notes of spices, herbs and pepper contributing to the impression of cut. This is also quite phenolic but it boasts outstanding energy and freshness for the vintage. Finishes firm and long, with palate-dusting white calcaire. The most penetrating and backward of these 2015s and in need of patience. This really transcends its vintage..(ST)  (12/2017)


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Chardonnay

- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.