The Maconnais is a bastion of youthful winemaking energy these days. With land prices in the Côte d’Or rising into the stratosphere, and wholesale grape prices at harvest not far behind, many young passionate winemakers have set up shop in the Maconnais, Burgundy’s southernmost sub-region.
And particularly in Pouilly-Fuissé, the Maconnais appellation once known for being overoaked and overpriced, a new generation is producing some of the most dynamic, exciting white Burgundies to be found anywhere today. Gone are the days of buttery popcorn Chardonnay – today’s Pouilly-Fuissé is vibrant, fresh, delicious, and alive.
Sebastien Giroux is a terrific young winemaker farming just six hectares of vines in and around Pouilly-Fuissé. Giroux’s disciplined organic winemaking results in extraordinary wines – William Kelley describes them as “supple, pure and charming.”
Today we’re suggesting his 2019 Pouilly-Fuissé, a blend of several village level plots around the town of Fuissé. William Kelley found notes of “pear, almonds, and fresh pastry,” and praised its “bright spine” and “precise finish.” We think it is all grown up now and ready to accompany all sorts of dishes that call for a refined white wine.
Giroux Pouilly-Fuissé 2019