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Domaine Collin Bourisset Pouilly-Fuisse 2008

Chardonnay from Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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    Winemaker Notes

    Typical green-gold colour. Elegant and attractive bouquet of acacia and white lilies. Very rich wine with a smooth texture. Well -defined chardonnay character, with pure, fresh, complex flavours. Excellent balance and good length. A superb white burgundy offering a very good quality/price ratio.

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    Domaine Collin Bourisset

    Domaine Collin Bourisset

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    Domaine Collin Bourisset, Pouilly-Fuisse, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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    Founded in 1821, Collin-Bourisset is located in Crêches sur Saône at the edge of the Beaujolais and Mâconnais vineyards. Its privileged geographic situation has always allowed us to have access to the best lands and to the rarest wines.

    A long time owner of Beaujolais vineyards and exclusive and historical distributor of Moulin à Vent des Hospices, our company has always had one goal only: to create from it's region's hills' vines the finest Beaujolais & Mâconnais wines to always satisfy our loyal customers.

    Our team is present at all the stages of wine making and we select our wines with extreme care in order to protect our soils' identity, the authenticity of our vintages and establish our reputation as traditional wine growers.

    Pouilly-Fuissé

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    The source of some of the most sought-after white wines of the Mâconnais, Pouilly-Fuissé is produced exclusively from the Chardonnay grape and tends to be slightly richer in style than wines from its northern neighbor, the Côte de Beaune—mainly due to warmer weather. Wines from Pouilly-Fuissé have some versatility; they can be enjoyed young and can also often improve with a little time in the cellar. Pouilly-Fuissé wines are considered some of the best values for white Burgundy.

    Similar to the Côte de Beaune, the soils of Pouilly-Fuissé are mainly limestone and clay. The appellation includes the communes of Fuissé, Solutré (which includes Pouilly), Vergisson and Chaintré. The richest Chardonnay comes from Fuissé and Solutré-Pouilly, whereas the Chardonnay at higher elevation, from Vergisson, expresses more minerality and finesse. Pairing Pouilly-Fuissé with lobster or King Crab will bring great joy not only to your palate—but also your pocketbook!

    Chardonnay

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    One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While practically every country in the wine producing world grows it, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. As far as cellar potential, white Burgundy rivals the world’s other age-worthy whites like Riesling or botrytized Semillon. California is Chardonnay’s second most important home, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia and South America are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

    In the Glass

    When planted on cool sites, Chardonnay flavors tend towards grapefruit, lemon zest, green apple, celery leaf and wet flint, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of melon, peach and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut and spice, while malolactic fermentation imparts a soft and creamy texture.

    Perfect Pairings

    Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with flaky white fish with herbs, scallops, turkey breast and soft cheeses. Richer Chardonnays marry well with lobster, crab, salmon, roasted chicken and creamy sauces.

    Sommelier Secret

    Since the 1990s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has begun to swing in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. In Burgundy, the subregion of Chablis, while typically employing the use of older oak barrels, produces a similar bright and acid-driven style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy its lighter style.

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