Jacques Saumaize Pouilly Fuissé "La Maréchaude" 2016

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La Maréchaude is a great vineyard site. If Pouilly-Fuissé had Premier Crus, this rocky plot would be one. Exposed to the south and located mid-slope on the famous "Roche de Vergisson" ("Rock of Vergisson"), Saumaize's plot has old vines with roots deep in the limestone bedrock that makes Pouilly-Fuissé famous.

Since the fruit is naturally rich, aromatically complex and very concentrated, Saumaize ages the wine in barrels. To avoid obscuring the intense mineral character of this site, he limits new oak to about 20%. In doing so, he pulled off a wonderful balancing act. This is rich and ripe, but not heavy. It is fresh, vibrant and complex, but not sharp are harsh. The balance means it drinks well today and also has a great future over the next half decade, and likely beyond.

This has a pale yellow, lemon pulp color. As it airs, the gorgeous aromas pour from the glass evoking flowers, poached pears, ripe peaches, lemon butter, orange zest and crushed stones. The palate is concentrated, pure and elegant. A taste is a long-lasting experience that starts with ripe, rich peach and pear fruit and pulls all the way to a finish of lemon zest and stony minerality. The balance is perfect between freshness and richness, wrapping the ripe fruit around a core of pure minerals. This concentrated young white Burgundy improves as it airs and promises to age beautifully over the next five to seven years. The terrific 2016 vintage has created the finest "La Maréchaude" yet.