Wine Review: 2011 Domaine Delorme et Fils Pouilly-Fuissé

This weekend was a rainy weekend in DC. In a few months/weeks time the rain and cold will be driving me crazy, but there is something nice about the first couple of times that you have the excuse of the rain to stay inside, read a book and drink some good wine.

Cold weather tends to make you think of hearty red wines, but this weekend we decided to go with a white, and I would recommend that you give it a try. The Pouilly-Fuissé that Rachel bought home from work comes from southern Burgundy in France. Burgundy is in eastern France and is famous for its dry reds made from Pinot Noir, and whites made from Chardonnay. This white comes from the southern most tip of the region, notable for having the most AOCs of any region in France, and that is really saying something!

The grapes are grown in a limestone soil and hand harvested on a family estate founded in 1820. The estate is in the small village of Vergisson, famous for the Vergisson Rock, which plays host to the sloping vineyards of the region.

The barrel-fermented Chardonnay gives melon and tropical fruit flavors on the nose. This is where I got a little worried about the whole thing, a fast way to ruin an evening would be a sweet white wine but I needn’t have been too concerned! There are the telltale notes of toast and vanilla from the barrel aging process as well has hints of green apple.

On the palate the melon, tropical fruit, mango and apple are still at the forefront but they are balanced with the buttery notes and the hints of the limestone soil, though nothing like the limestone we experienced in the Loire. It has a medium finish with nice mineralogy.

Although it was nowhere near as fruity and sweet as I initially feared it was a little too fruity for me. Rachel liked it more, and describes it as good comfort drinking, though the mango and lychee were a little much for her too.

Rating: Weeknight Wine for me, but I’ll Take Half a Case for Rachel (or somewhere between the two). Place of Purchase: DCanter, DC. Retail price: approximately $28. You’ll like this wine if you like: Viognier, NZ/ Australian Chardonnays and maybe a Chenin Blanc