Pouilly-Fuissé 2013, Joseph Drouhin
Familiars of Le Bourgoblog will know that I am no fan of the négoces. There are few tasting notes of their wines. Not because they produce bad quality wine, in fact, the good négoces very rarely produce bad quality wines. My tendency not to buy from them is more about the lack of audace. The lack of desire to thrill. The wines tend to be safe. There are notable exceptions. But this Pouilly-Fuissé 2013 from one of the most impressive négoces is not one of them. Attractive white gold colour, nose of preserved lemon and vanilla. Some orange and gala apple. Fruit-driven on the palate, very fresh, rather tight and linear. Not much in terms of length. Salty, lemony finish. This wine is correct for a white Burgundy. But one would be very hard pressed to identify this as a Pouilly-Fuissé tasted blind. Where are the apricots, the melons, the peaches and bees wax? Due to this lack of typicity I score it as 19 / 30 for the appellation with the hope it will rise to 22/30 in 2 years time when it becomes more expressive. Nevertheless pleasant to drink and a fine companion to roast organic chicken with potato matchsticks cooked with juniper berries.