J.J Vincent Pouilly-Fuissé “Marie Antoinette” 2017
As prices for wine from Bourgogne spiral out of the reach of mere mortals, it is comforting to know that we can still satisfy our Burgundy cravings with well-made bottles from appellations that do not fetch the exorbitant amounts of those from more prominent terroir or producers. A prime example are the wines of Pouilly-Fuissé in the southern Bourgogne region known as the Mâconnais.
Made from 100% Chardonnay, Pouilly-Fuissé is significantly more affordable than the wines of Mersault, Puligny Montrachet, and Chassagne Montrachet, which are just a bit farther north. One of the best-known producers is Château Fuissé, owned by the Vincent Family, who also produce wine under the J.J Vincent label. Today the winery and its 80 acres are under the direction of founder Jean-Jacques Vincent’s son, the affable Antoine Vincent, who recently visited the US to present the 2017 vintage. Out of the range of wines we tasted, we were both enamored of the maison’s “Marie Antoinette.”
J.J Vincent Pouilly-Fuissé “Marie Antoinette” 2017 has aromas of lemon curd and lemon zest with a hint of green apple and flint. It is opulent and generous in the mouth, with flavors of baked apple, citrus, and crème caramel. The silky, luxurious finish winds down to a bright splash of acidity.