Situated at the southern end of Burgundy, the Pouilly-Fuissé region is the most renowned of those in the Mâcon region. The vines grow in five villages: Pouilly, Fuissé, Chaintré, Vergisson and Solutré. The soil is composed of chalk and marl, typical of the five localities. The wines are made from the Chardonnay grape as are all the great white Burgundies.
In Burgundy 1998 is truly "the year of the winegrower," a difficult and irregular vintage. From the beginning of the year a series of climatic challenges followed each other: spring frosts and hailstorms reduced the volume of the crop in some zones of the Mâcon region; a long lasting flowering was the cause of irregular ripening and a rainy month of July provoked mildew. August, on the other hand, was extremely hot, which allowed rapid color change and a promising start to the ripening process. The rain fell at the beginning and the end of September, with sun-filled days in between. Harvest took place during this time under excellent conditions. In Pouilly Fuissé harvest began on September 19th and the quality of the grapes, which had been exceptional at the start of the month, was good in spite of a slight dilution due to rain the previous week.
The grapes were pressed immediately on reaching the cellar. The must was allowed to settle for a few hours at cellar temperature in order to obtain very clear juice. Alcoholic fermentation took place in concrete and wooden vats. The malolactic fermentation occurred in the spring, following the harvest. The wines were then racked, fined and filtered before bottling.
Brilliant, pale straw yellow color. Fine and elegant aromas dominated by flower and fruit (white peaches) aromas, with mint flavors appearing if the glass is swirled. The wine has a relatively light structure, but is well balanced with a strong floral finish.