Tasted with Christine Saumaize, 19 October 2020.
Christine on 2019:
“Of our 2019s, three are bottled and the other is a tank sample – which will be bottled in about 3 weeks. We lost our cuvée of Vers Cras this year, due, maybe, to the frost but we also experienced wind and a very bad flowering – certainly, the combination of those factors brought practically nothing.”
A little extra richness in some of the earlier wines – before the greatness becomes more obvious – but all were completely delicious.
2019 Pouilly-Fuissé Esprit Mineral
Not yet bottled – vines in different limestone soils
Here the aromas offer a nice, round, yellow fruited invitation. Full and generous in the mouth, but with a sparkling energy just below the surface. Sweetly finishing, and very long too.
2019 St.Véran Les Creches
A large proportion of ‘active’ limestone here. Some of this with elevage in a concrete ‘egg’
Not a big nose but one with an engaging freshness. Direct, more overtly energetic, wider, extra layers of finishing flavour too – that’s a honey of a wine!
2019 Pouilly-Fuissé Les Ronchevats
Clay soils here, including a vein of blue clay.
Wider, a very inviting nose, faintly green-fruited. Full, nice clarity, not too overt energy, but slowly melting with extra layers of flavour over the palate. Very calm, but engrossing in the finish – certainly very long. So yum and contemplative finishing…
A future 1er Cru. White limestone, plain south-facing.
Not a big nose, but another that still offers an engaging clarity of aroma. Across the palate too, width and clarity to the flavour – mouth-watering gorgeously – that’s a great finish – completely engrossing and delicious. Bravo!