Located right beside Pouilly-Fuissé, Pouilly-Vinzelles also grows exclusively Chardonnays that share a lot of the properties and flavors of Pouilly-Fuissés.
From Gallo-Romans to Cluny monks to modern winemakers, Pouilly-Vinzelles has a long tradition of powerful and mineral white wines.
The appellation overlooks the Saône valley, and its soil is predominantly clay limestone. Grapes grow in the shadows of 12th and 17th century castles, reminders of the area’s history.
Most vineyards have an easterly exposure, which, along with the continental climate of this area, contributes to early harvests and rich and powerful juices.
Wines tend to be full, with powerful minerality, and a bouquet of honey and acacia. Peach, apricot and grapefruit evolve over time into honey, almond, and toast.
They are fleshy, full, and opulent.
|Planted Grapes||Chardonnay (100%)|
|Production Area||128 acres, no Premier Crus or Grand Crus|
|Wine Flavor||Opulent, hazelnut and citrus notes, along white fruits and peach, buttered brioche, and honey. Wines have a distinct minerality.|
|Best Vintages||2011, 2010, 2009, 2005|
|Food Pairings||Fried fish, freshwater fish like trout. After aging, pairs well with white meat, like chicken with wild morel mushrooms.|