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Christophe and Sandrine Thibert of Domaine Thibert Père et Fils practise organic viticulture and minimum intervention preferring to let the "terroir" and the oak ageing show through in its wines. Read more about Domaine Thibert in my featured winery blog.
Not as well known as Pouilly Fuisse, Pouilly Vinzelles is one of the Maconnais appellations worth trying and especially a Pouilly Vinzelles from the Les Longeays vineyard site. Pouilly Vinzelles Les Longeays is one of the first Mâconnais sites that is to be granted Premier Cru status – and deservedly so. It's a fairly rich white Burgundy that improves over several years.
The 2011 vintage was a customer favourite. Like that vintage, this one is quite rich and intense in style - though it will develop more creaminess as it spends longer in bottle. If a little closed on the nose initially let it breathe a few minutes to reveal citrus fruits, apples and pears. The fruits are less subtle on the palate and combine beautifully with marzipan and some spice. This is a very smooth and elegant wine with good structure and a very tasty finish. Beautiful and very classy.
Don't serve this wine too cold as the lovely flavours may be lost. Be careful pouring the last few drops as there may sometimes be a deposit which is harmless and a natural consequence of minimum or no filtration, ensuring in Domaine Thibert's words "full aromatic expression and richness of flavours".
For another lovely wine from Domaine Thibert, try their St Véran Bois de Fée.
Recommended for drinking with fish, seafood including scallops, foie gras, roast chicken, ham, pork, veal, creamy sauces, parmesan cheese, mushrooms, truffle. Generally it is not so good with other cheeses, tomato-based sauces, Chinese food, Thai food and, though it has the body to stand up to many of them, curries.
"This vast terroir is located in the vicinity and village of Vinzelles.
Soils: half limestone from the Jurassic period at various depths, clay on hard limestone with carbonate and calcium-rich sedimentary stone. The rest is composed of moderately deep soils made of neutral clays.
Tasting: revealing an intense and deep bouquet reminiscent of this wine’s original terroir composed of gunflint and its ageing technique producing vanilla and toasty tastes. The palate is ample, well rounded and structured with a fine acidity and harmonious woody accents, made lighter by a pleasant finish of citrus. This velvety Pouilly-Vinzelles offers a fresh and subtle style.
Vinification and ageing: 18 to 22 months, with aging in barrels for 11 months and then in stainless steel tanks. Bottling: little or no filtration.
Suggested ageing before drinking: 8 to 10 years."
Les Longeays is to be granted Premier Cru status and this really is a Premier Cru wine - complex but with crisp freshness, this is a very smooth and elegant white Burgundy with good structure and a very tasty finish. Citrus fruits, green apples and pears combine beautifully with marzipan and some spice