This is a rare, vineyard driven Pouilly-Fuisse that over-delivers from the price! Pierre Vessigaud is a fifth-generation winemaker who took over the estate in 1988 when his father passed away. Since 1998 he has been working organically in the vines, and in 2010 he was able to get the Ecocert (AB) label on his wines. His vineyards are located at 600 to 700 feet altitude, with very dense plantings. He only uses sulfur and copper to protect the vines and never uses any chemicals. During fermentation, he uses only wild yeasts. The wines go thru primary and Malo in barrel, which is a more difficult old school technique with only about 5% new oak. Pierre keeps his yields low to get a good core of fruit and likes to pick a little earlier to obtain the optimum freshness, complexity, and vibrancy in his wines. This is a great rare wine for the new and old world Chardonnay lover alike!
Wine Advocate (William Kelley) 93 points! "The 2017 Pouilly-Fuissé Vers Pouilly unwinds with notes of Anjou pear, waxy citrus rind and honeysuckle. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, satiny and charming, with fine concentration and a racier, tighter-knit profile than Vessigaud's other wines this year, concluding with a long and penetrating finish."
Decanter (Tim Atkin) 92 points! "Pierre Vessigaud uses no new wood on his top cuvée to allow the fruit to express itself. This comes from 50-80-year-old vines and was picked first in 2017 to preserve freshness. Floral aromas segue into a palate of pear and peach supported by acidity and embellished by a hint of wood."