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Discovering the climats of Pouilly-Fuissé at Domaine Thibert

Where do you find wines of the highest quality in Burgundy? Is it the Premier or Grand Cru wines? Or maybe look for the wineries that work relentlessly to achieve the Premier Cru appellation for their dearest vineyards? Let's taste the best wines of Pouilly-Fuissé an appellation that recently earned the right to add the Premier Cru title to 22 of their climats.

Visiting Pouilly-Fuisse AOC during my Burgundy wine study trip
Puilly-Fuissé just added 22 Premier Cru climats to its' appellation!

In the heart of an exceptional natural site (the Solutré-Pouilly-Vergisson site received official recognition as ‘Grand Site de France’) where Chardonnay has exclusive reign, one can find the most diverse expressions of terroir brought directly from the rocks by the grapevine. Here the majority of wineries are still small and family run, and the winemaking style is always focused on non-intervention. Or at least it was my luck, that I met only terroir-obsessed people :)

In Pouilly-Fuissé I visited Domaine Thibert Pere et Fils to hear their story, understand the dedication to Chardonnay and taste the results to tireless work in the vineyards.

Wine trip to Pouilly Fuisse walking in the vineyards of Chardonnay during my Burgundy wine study trip
out in the vineyards before the tasting

The Pouilly-Fuissé Appellation

In 2020 Pouilly-Fuissé was officially recognized with 22 of its' climats earning the Premier Cru titles.

With Sandrine from the Domaine Thibert & Fils we meet at the village of Fuissé, right in the middle of Pouilly-Fuissé wine region at their family house and winery.

It’s a beautiful morning with changeable weather, one of those when I take both umbrella and sunglasses with me. To reach them I walked for 40 min along the vineyards of Mâcon to finally enter the 780 ha appellation of Pouilly-Fuissé.

Pouilly-Fuissé consists of 4 villages: