Pouilly Fuissé, the finest wine of the Maconnais and one of the best known names from Burgundy, comes from 2,100 acres of vines to the west of the town of Macon, covering the five communes of Fuisse, Pouilly, Solutre, Chaintre and Vergisson. Wines from the neighbouring communes of Loche and Vinzelles may not benefit from the Pouilly-Fuisse appelation. The high limestone content in the granite-based soil suits Chardonnay to perfection and the warmer climate of the Macconais, compared to the cote d'Or and especially to Chablis, allows the grapes to ripen fully, giving high degrees of natural alcohol to the wine. Laboure Roi's production averages 35,000 cases.
The grapes are harvested by hand in the vineyards of up to 40 growers and a severe selection occurs at the winery, before they are pressed, the juice being allowed to settle a few hours before fermentation. The alcoholic fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled tanks. Following the malolactic fermentation, the wine spends 8 to 10 months in tank before bottling.
Pale buttery gold
Floral and fruity, hints of honey and hazelnuts
Rich but dry, rounded white fruit flavours and ripe finish
Serve cold but not iced, at 55 Fahrenheit. Drink with all smoked fish, fish grilled or in a sauce, poultry and white meats, including turkey and pork, creamy cheeses.