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Chardonnay is the world’s most famous white-wine grape and also one of the most widely planted. Although the most highly regarded expressions of the variety are those from Burgundy and California, many high-quality examples are made in Italy, Australia, New Zealand and parts of South America.
Describing the flavors of Chardonnay is no easy task. While many Chardonnay wines have high aromatic complexity, this is usually due to winemaking techniques (particularly the use of oak) rather than the variety's intrinsic qualities. Malolactic fermentation gives distinctive buttery aromas. Fermentation and/or maturation in ... more
Pouilly-Fuisse is the appellation for the finest white wines of the Maconnais region in southern Burgundy. They are produced exclusively from Chardonnay grapes grown in the communes of Chaintre, Fuisse, Solutre-Pouilly and Vergisson.
The Pouilly-Fuisse appellation officially dates back to September 1936, although the boundaries were drawn up as early as December 1922. It currently covers around 2000 acres (800ha) of hillside vineyards, planted on limestone-rich clay soils over a granitic base. The 1640-ft (500-m) limestone escarpment known as the Roche de Solutre is located at the h ... more