‘The Buyer’ Rewind:
The battle to get Pouilly-Fuissé Premier Cru recognition
by L.M. Archer
22 climats in Pouilly-Fuissé have just been given Premier Cru status. The wines of Pouilly and Fuissé have long been recognised as “first class,” in fact at the start of the Nineteenth Century scholars put the wines on a par with other great wine regions like Meursault and Montrachet. But, until this week’s decision, the Mâconnais was still the only region in Burgundy that did not have vineyard hierarchy. Before lockdown LM Archer travelled to the region to find out how the thirteen-year application for Premier Cru status was progressing for a number of climats, a process that had been temporarily closed down because of the virus.
“Some climats in Pouilly-Fuissé will finally be classified as Premier Cru, the recognition of hard work on the part of the winegrowers, but also the recognition of the quality of the terroirs of southern Bourgogne, which has long been underestimated,” says Anne Moreau
NB – This feature was first run on June 10, 2020 and has been updated in accordance with Thursday’s announcement.
Until the official go-ahead on September 3, Burgundy lacked a vineyard hierarchy in only one region – the Mâconnais.
But now 22 climats representing 194 hectares (or 24% of the area of the PDO Pouilly-Fuissé) have been given Premier Cru appellation approval from the National Institute for Appellations of Origin (INAO). These climats are all among four villages: Chaintré, Fuissé, Solutré-Pouilly and Vergisson, villages that only produce white wine from Chardonnay. READ MORE HERE.
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