During my stay in France tasting wine at 10 am became my everyday morning routine (except Sundays, of course :) As part of my wine trip to Burgundy I've visited the Pouilly-Fuissé appellation just a year before its' climats got classified as Premier Cru. In there I had a portfolio tasting at Domaine Thibert and discovered the diversity of Chardonnay that can come from the rich and off the radar Mâconnais region. Read more about my overview of Pouilly-Fuissé appellation and their recent Premier Cru upgrade or continue reading below if you're more curious to learn about my Pouilly-Fuissé wine tasting at Domaine Thibert in the village of Fuissé.
So we start with a Mâcon-Verzé from 2016. This wine is part of the Classique collection which means that wines under this collection are usually a blend made of grapes coming from a specific village, Verzé in our case. As for an entry-level wine, it’s quite ‘aged’, I mean wouldn’t you be surprised that the youngest wine you taste at a Chardonnay focused winery in June 2019 is from 2016?
as winemakers they have to control when does the consumer open the wine, otherwise the impression the wine leaves won't be what the vigneron planned
Sandrine said that they used to work like other wineries before - fermenting, bottling fast and selling, but not anymore. As they invest so much effort to grow exceptional grapes on their vineyards and then produce exceptional wine in the cellar, it doesn’t make sense selling it, before it can really be enjoyed. You know, most of the customers are buying wine to drink now, not in two years. So as a winery they had to ensure the bottle is opened when the wine is ready to express itself.
Verzé is a little village nearby with a fantastic terroir. Mâcon is a 3000 ha appellation, so in order to highlight the differences of terroir, producers started to bottle some selected vineyards under Mâcon + village name appellations. That’s how you get a Mâcon-Verzé wine.
A lot of limestone and clay there, located right in the middle of the slope, has a very rich expression. But in order to uncover the aromas we need to avoid any residual sugar. Aromas are bound by sugar, so for freedom of expression, you need a bone-dry wine. That’s perfectly achieved in this bottle!
feel free to keep this wine for up to 4 days, no vacuum or coravin, just with the cork in the fridge
As for the ageing, Mâcon-Verze comes from 90% stainless steel and 10% used oak. And this 16’ is still very young, it’s very well balanced, a very good vintage, but we can still wait for a year or two with drinking it. The Verzé was opened the day before, and you can feel free to keep this wine for up to 4 days. No vacuum or coravin, just with the cork in the fridge. Actually, Sandrine recommends opening a bottle of their wine hours or even a day before drinking, the more serious the wine is, the longer you should let it ‘breathe’.
We move on to the next terroir, Saint-Véran Bois de Fée 2015 - this time from the Exceptional wines series of Domaine Thibert. 2015 was a very hot year so they decided to harvest early, in order to keep the natural balance of acidity. Therefore, the wine has very ripe aromas, but it’s not overwhelmed by sugar or alcohol. It is a single vineyard wine from Saint-Véran, that is actually on the border of Chasselas and the Pouilly-Fuissé vineyards. Remember, Véran wines are not from the Pouilly-Fuissé appellation, but due to geographical proximity and similar soil, they do taste more like Pouilly-Fuissé, than Chasselas.