It is one of those mythical French wines. One hundred percent Chardonnay, light, refined, yet textured and wonderfully dry. Pouilly-Fuissé hails from the Mâcon region and stands out with its golden green color flecked with emerald reflections. And it a wine that can be carefully kept in the cellar for up to 20 years. Today The Gourmet Gazette brings to you a surprising Pouilly-Fuissé 2019 from the estate of the Château de La Chaize, the 2019 vintage, a very special vintage because it was made with one of the latest harvests of the last 28 years. Heat waves and cold spells pushed the harvest back to September 9th when the grapes were hand-picked beneath a blazing blue sky lit up by a glowing sun, regarded as perfect conditions for a healthy harvest.
And when you can get to France, the estate has just completed a three-year restoration of its wine cellar which is now open to the public. The Chateau de La Chaize has been producing wine since 1676 and it is one of the most beautiful buildings constructed along the plans of the great French architect Jules-Hardouin Mansart, fabled father architect of Versailles. The visit begins with a tour of the cellars built in 1771 and carries on with a tasting and a discovery of the outside of the castle (currently undergoing restorations) and its beautiful park.
©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette