When you hear the word “Burgundy”, you might think of red wine or pinot noir. But what many people do not know is that Burgundy can also be synonymous with white wine, in particular, chardonnay. From Chablis to the Côte de Beaune to the Mâconnais you’ll find a wide variety of white-burgundies at an even wider range of price points. Examples of the world’s best and most expensive chardonnays come from these regions as well as many outstanding wines with affordable price tags!
The vineyards within the appellation of Pouilly-Fuissé (pronounced Poo-yee Fwee-say) are scattered about the craggy hillsides and valleys found in the southern half of France’s Mâconnais district. The soils here are well suited to chardonnay being composed mostly of limestone, slate, and clay. Despite the fragmented geography of the area the appellation still manages to produce around 500,000 cases per year and is the source for many affordable Burgundian chardonnays. Maison Louis Jadot has cultivated relationships with many growers in the region, providing equipment, barrels, and winemaking expertise. The wine that these growers produce is destined to be bottled under the Jadot label. Maison Louis Jadot receives wines from the individual producers and carefully blends them together to create a style of wine that reflects the essence of Pouilly-Fuisse.
The Louis Jadot’s 2007 Pouilly-Fuisse ($22) has a light golden tone with vibrant aromas of grapefruit, lemon and toasty almonds. Zesty citrus flavors intertwined with a firm backbone of minerality are supported by the structure of careful oak fermentation and aging. Its medium body and clean, silky finish makes this a good partner for seafood and poultry.