The 2010 Chateau-Fuisse Vieilles Vignes has an entrancing bouquet with apricot, orange blossom, cold stone and just a hint of licorice. The palate is very well-balanced with a generous aniseed-tinged opening. There is certainly good weight in the mouth, although personally I prefer the tension demonstrated by the 2011. Still, this is a magnificent wine that will age with style. Drink 2015-2025.
The 2010 Pouilly Fuisse Vieilles Vignes has a slightly fresher and more citrus driven bouquet with more mineralite than the 2011. The palate is crisp on the entry with very good tension. There are touches of truffle oil and wild mushroom beginning to creep in on the finish. This is not quite living up to my expectations from last year, perhaps because the 2012 and 2013 have thrown it into more focus. Still, this is a very impressive Pouilly-Fuisse that will repay bottle age.
Wine Maker Notes
Terroir: The Chateau Fuisse Vieilles Vignes is the top wine from the domaine. Vines average over 50 years old and are sourced from the three family vineyards of Le Clos, Les Combettes and Les Brules. Yields are very low from these parcels. Vinification The Pouilly Fuisse Vieilles Vignes is an incredible rich wine and therefore can stand up to 100% new oak aging. The wine is vinified at the new state-of-the-art winery and then aged for a minimum of 12 months in the cellars underneath the chateau.