Perched upon a steep, east-facing scarp, which it shares with the sup-appellation of Chaintré, Pouilly-Vinzelles borders Pouilly-Fuissé on its eastern side. Vineyards here overlie the same Jurassic rocks that form the upper slopes of the Monts du Mâconnais with soils, predominantly clay and limestone, varying from the upper to lower slopes.
A fine Pouilly-Vinzelles (always made of Chardonnay) will have a bouquet of honey, acacia, stone and citrus; its power and fresh mineral character will carry it into age, with the possibility of developing qualities of green almond, hazelnut, quince, cinnamon and toast.
When young, pair a Pouilly-Vinzelles with fresh water fish, escargots de Bourgogne or choucroute with sausages and potatoes. After some age, these natural partners to wild morels and chicken or duck with turnips.
Joseph Drouhin Pouilly-Vinzelles 2015Chardonnay from Pouilly-Vinzelles, Maconnais, Burgundy, France