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Date Printed: 12/27/2014
Chateau Fuisse Tete de Cru Pouilly-Fuisse 2008
Chateau Fuisse Tete de Cru Pouilly-Fuisse 2008
(search item no. 106197)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 12/27/2014: $39.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Burghound.com rating: 90 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2011 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2009 Burghound.com rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Terroir: Chateau Fuissé's Téte de Cru is a blend of over 20 prime vineyard sites throughout the appellation of Pouilly-Fuissé. Plots in Pouilly, with a high limestone proportion, contribute intense perfume yet more delicacy in the mouth. Those in Fuisse, where clay is more prominent, are less aromatic but fuller, more solid and structured. Vines are an average of 30 years old

This is a great example of the true potential of the wines of Pouilly-Fuissé and a great introduction to the wines of Chateau Fuissé. The wine is rich and robust in the mouth, but retains it's lean acidity and freshness throughout.

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About Chateau Fuisse:

A 15th Century tower flanks Chateau Fuisse, a family home whose history is evidenced by a number of 300 year old artifacts and adornment. The estate of Chateau Fuisse includes vines exceeding 60 years of age that are vinified and bottled separately as Vieilles Vignes -a remarkably powerful, intense Chardonnay with aging capability of up to 15 years or more in bottle. The "normal" Chateau Fuisse is also a selection from older vines at least 25 years of age, and as a rule is focused and concentrated, rich yet very firmly held together. From the estate, three further bottlings come from individual plots or climates: Le Clos, a profound, powerful Chardonnay from the dense clay enclosure behind the chateau; Les Combettes, a superbly aromatic wine of great finesse from a very stony calcareous clay slope; and Les Brules, a south facing slope "burnt" by the sun. All the wines bearing the chateau label are barrel fermented in various oaks. The current owner and winemaker is Jean-Jacques Vincent, great-grandson of the founder, now assisted by his daughter Benedicte. A professor of enology, Jean-Jacques is as alert to modern innovations as he is loyal to proven traditional methods.