What Are You Tasting: 2011 Chateau-Fuissé, Pouilly-Fuissé, Tête de Cru



2011 Chateau Fuissé, Pouilly-Fuissé, Tête-de-Cru. There are few Burgundy producers that can say their namesake derives from the very region in which it originated. That must be a perk of having a vine-growing history dating back to 1604. The historic Chateau-Fuissé’s Tête-de-Cru is a blend of each of the Domaine’s single vineyard plots resulting in an elegant ensemble showcasing the best qualities of each vineyard site.


Pouilly-Fuissé (“Pwee-Fwee-say”) is an appellation within the sub region of Mâconnais in Burgundy France. Pouilly-Fuissé is known for very delicate Chardonnay with a soft touch of oak influence. This region has limestone and alkaline clay soils that Chardonnay vines are considered best matched with. The Tête-de-Cru is a blend of over 20 different vineyard sites in Pouilly-Fuissé.


The nose reminds me of fresh grapefruit, the palate of grilled pineapple. It is a very balanced wine, having a lush mouth-feel without being overly dense. We would enjoy this wine with scallops in a white wine cream sauce. The crisp finish on this wine leads us to recommend a squeeze of lemon atop the completed dish.


Chateau Fuissé is considered the true benchmark producer of Pouilly-Fuissé, paving the way for the now many acclaimed producers of its region. Basically... this wine is legendary.



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