Louis Latour Pouilly-Fuisse, Burgundy, France, 2010.

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Louis Latour Pouilly-Fuisse, Burgundy, France, 2010.


100% Chardonnay



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  • Pouilly and Fuisse are actually two separate villages located in the Southern Maconnais region of Burgundy in France (they’re pretty hard to find once you click into the map, but I promise you they’re there!).

  • It wasn’t until I started studying for the Certified Sommelier exam that I realized how much of a nightmare Burgundy is to understand! The basics aren’t that bad, there’s really only two grown grapes in the region: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
    The Cote D’Or (North) produces primarily red, and the Cote de Beaune (South) produces mainly white.
    But then you start getting into individual villages, 600+ Premier Cru’s, and 33 Grand Cru’s, and all of a sudden you start to develop a headache as you think about the Master Sommeliers that have to remember it all!

  • If you’ve read any of my previous posts on European wines (and if not, why not!?!), you’ll know how I’ve talked about one of the greatest confusions being between understanding the grape(s) a wine is made from, and the region it comes from. The main thing to remember is that if it’s white and it comes from Burgundy, there’s about a 99% chance it’s Chardonnay. Now, there’s always a few exceptions to these rules (winemakers are hard to tame, particularly French winemakers); there are some plantings of a white grape known as Aligote, however it’s nowhere near as prevalent as Chardonnay.

  • Whites account for 60% of the wine production coming out of Burgundy.

  • Just when you think you’ve got Pouilly Fuisse all figured out, I come along and start telling you about Pouilly Fume! It’s easy to see how the two get confused; however, Pouilly Fume is made from Sauvignon Blanc, comes from the Loire Valley region of France, and is a completely different wine. If you are going to take anything with you from this post, it’s that Pouilly-Fuisse is ALWAYS Chardonnay, Pouilly Fume is ALWAYS Sauvignon Blanc.

  • The soil in the region of Burgundy is made up primarily of limestone and clay, which is believed to contribute to a rich mineral taste in the wine.

     Louis Latour Pouilly Fuisse, Burgundy, France, 2010.


    Great fragrant nose, floral tones with subtle lemon zest, butter, kiwi, crisp green apple and rich juicy pear. Round and creamy texture in the mouth. Bracing acidity and minerality, balances well with the fruit. A touch of tropical fruit comes through once the wine breathes and warms up. Impressive-persistent finish that will stay with you: kind of like that Lady Gaga song I heard on the radio this morning….I just can’t get it out of my head!!!



    Why do you always need food? When it comes to pairing though, Pouilly-Fuisse has a relatively heavy mouthfeel, and more of a buttery texture which allows it to be matched with everything from poultry to seafood. Also think about creamy soups, bass, trout, halibut, swordfish, pork, sushi, or simply to be enjoyed as an aperitif. 



    $18.99 – I picked up this bottle from Riverside Liquors.

    Louis Latour Pouilly Fuisse, Burgundy, France, 2010

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