The most revered appellation of the Maconnaise is Pouilly-Fuissé, because of its wine's superior structure, fuller fruit flavors and distinctive minerality. At one time, the Chardonnay-only appellation produced the most popular dry white wines from Burgundy. Trying to capitalize on its popularity, less-than-meticulous importers rushed to acquire anything with Pouilly-Fuissé on the label, and the oceans of cheap, characterless wine flooded the market in the 1980s, which just happened to be the exact time of the ascendency of California Chardonnay in the U.S. market. Newer wine drinkers would never see a Pouilly-Fuissé on a wine list, so they were unaware that in the right hands, these can still be pretty compelling wines.
One small Pouilly-Fuissé estate we've supported for over two decades is Manciat-Poncet, which you may recall also produces our popular Mâcon-Charnay. Once a staple in The Wine Country, Manciat Poncet's Pouilly-Fuissé had dropped off our radar in recent years, but we are happy to report the new vintage is back again, and as pleasurable as ever.
With a lovely perfume, with a touch of white flowers, it offers a round, moderately fleshy texture framed by a well-structured body. Ample fruit is in perfect balance in this dry, generous wine, and its oak is way in the background. It's great to have this wine back.