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Chateau Fuisse Pouilly Fuissé Tête de Cru 2015

Chateau Fuisse Pouilly Fuissé Tête de Cru 2015

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Chateau Fuissé's Téte de Cru is a blend of over 20 prime vineyard sites throughout the appellation of Pouilly-Fuissé. Plots in Pouilly, with a high limestone proportion, contribute intense perfume yet more delicacy in the mouth. Those in Fuissé, where clay is more prominent, are less aromatic but fuller, more solid and structured. Vines are an average of 30 years old. Each vineyard site is vinified separately until the final blend is chosen following aging. 60% of the wine is aged in oak barrel (25% new) while the remaining 40% is stored in stainless steel to retain it's pure fruit.
Category White Wine
Varietal
Region France, Burgundy, Maconnais
Brand Chateau Fuisse
Alcohol/vol 14%
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Wine EnthusiastA blend from more than 20 individual vineyard sites, this wine is an excellent reflection of the Pouilly-Fuissé appellation. With a strong mineral character as well as tight acidity, it is structured, rich and intense. Drink from late 2019.

Roger Voss, June 1, 2018
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Wine SpectatorA ripe, opulent style, well-structured courtesy of the vibrant acidity. Peach, apple and baking spice flavors are up front, with a stony element chiming in on the finish. Shows fine balance and expression. Best from 2018 through 2024. 500 cases imported.

Bruce Sanderson, September 30, 2017
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Wine AdvocateThe 2015 Pouilly Fuisse Tete de Cru is a blend of 40 different parcels on slate or sandy soils. There are around 20 to 25 vinifications of individual plots matured in 70% oak barrels (around one-quarter new), the remainder in stainless steel, where, in order to preserve balance, the malolactics were stopped for the cuvées aged in stainless steel tanks. The aromas gradually unfurl here with scents of white flower and hazelnut, touches of strawberry, or rather "punnet of strawberry" developing with time. The palate is fresh on the entry with crisp acidity and fine mineralité, with good salinity and a slight oiliness to the texture on the finish. I like the depth here, and while it does not possess enormous length, it has a linearity and tension that is commendable, given the warmth of the growing season.

Neal Martin, August 31, 2017