Pouilly Fuisse `Terroir` Domaine Luquet 2018
£23.95 per bottle
This Pouilly-Fuissé is a generous and rich wine, with an emerald-gold colour. The alkaline limestone soils of the Mâconnais favours harmonious development of the Chardonnay bouquet, with a hint of hazelnuts, toasted almonds and exotic fruit. A flinty minerality runs through this wine finishing long and refreshing on the palate.
A perfect match for baked or grilled fish in butter including carp and sole and shellfish, lamb sweetbreads, veal or pork in white sauces and poulet de Bresse.
The Mâconnais district lies in the south of the Burgundy wine region in France, west of the River Saône. It takes its name from the town of Mâcon. It is best known as a source of good value white wines made from the Chardonnay grape; the wines from Pouilly-Fuissé are particularly sought-after. Almost all the wine made in the Mâconnais is white wine. Chardonnay is the main grape grown, in fact there is a village of that name in the far north of the region. A little Pinot Noir is made into red Mâcon but only for local consumption. Gamay is grown in the Beaujolais cru of Moulin-à-Vent which extends into the Mâconnais, but has little in common with the wines north of the border.
The cellar and winery for this 5th generation family vigneron is a recently renovated property in the centre of the sleepy village of Fuisse. Since Benoit Luquet established the family roots in vine growing in the 19th century, the domaine has extended to encompass the key appellations of the Maconnais. Today Patrick Luquet presides over 27 hectares of vineyards, including 40 to 70 year old vines in Fuisse and Solutre-Pouilly.The Domiane Luquet produces delicious classic white burgundy using a combination of cement and stainless steel tanks for fermentation to preserve the natural integrity of the fruit. The style is generous in fruit and flavour but balanced with the judicious use of French oak barrels to give hints of nutty complexity.