Domaine Saumaize Michelin.
Saint-Véran AOC, Burgundy, France
A cracking white Burgundy and a real treat. This white wine has luscious honey and citrus flavours with hints of butter and a delicious citrus finish.
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Pouilly-Fuissé marks the southern end of the famous limestone plateau that forms the bedrock to all of Burgundy’s vineyards. As if to emphasise this, two dramatic limestone escarpments stand across from each other like gate towers. Their sheer cliff faces are reminiscent of Benbulbin in Co. Sligo. At the foot of one of these outcrops is the winery of Roger and Christine Saumaize-Michelin.
Roger is the winemaker and on meeting him one is as likely to think him a crazed artist as anything else. Passionate rants about biodynamics (an energy based approach to organic farming which he practices) or various wine techniques are illuminated by wild hand gestures and contorted expressions. As he showed us around his beautiful old winery, one couldn’t help but notice that this was a man at one with nature and proud of his craft.
This is wine made at nature's pace. Grapes are handpicked and sorted and the press is a gentle, slow process. Wines are usually fermented in oak and aged for a year before bottling but he was keen to point out that he lets the wine dictate how and where it is fermented and matured. It’s as if he makes wine by feel, an intuitive approach that is refreshing in a world of industrial systems.
Christine is the manager and keeps Roger’s creative mind focussed, no easy task. We’ve yet to meet a more complementary couple making wine and it is a pleasure to be in their company. Their sheer passion and joy for life shines through their fantastic range of Pouilly-Fuissé, all of which are as expressive as Roger himself.
"The real value in white Burgundy is outside the most famous areas - they have to try harder in the Maconnais. This has lovely citrus fruit with that true Burgundian butterscotch and toasted marshmallow. Punches way above it's price point."
"Ripe apple and melon aromas. Tasty yellow apple and lemon freshness. Well rounded and terroir accent with a juicy-tangy finish. Try with baked cod and fragrant basmati and lemon rice."
"Good body and balance here and some depth, lovely layers of flavour, lingers nicely on the finish."
"A very stylish, elegant white Burgundy with lovely pure, crisp Chardonnay fruits and fresh acidity. The oak is well hidden if it is there. Lovely wine to drink with a variety of fish or chicken dishes."
Domaine Saumaize Michelin
Pouilly-Fuissé marks the southern end of the famous limestone plateau that forms the bedrock to all of Burgundys vineyards. As if to emphasise this, two dramatic limestone escarpments stand across from each other like gate towers. Their sheer cliff faces are reminiscent of Benbulbin in Co. Sligo. At the foot of one of these outcrops is the winery of Roger and Christine Saumaize-Michelin.