Saumaize-Michelin Pouilly-Fuisse Pentacrine 2020


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“The 2020 Pouilly-Fuisse Pentacrine comes from fossil-rich limestone soils, the vines oriented west, matured in 600-liter barrels. This has quite a seductive bouquet, touches of menthol and fennel merging with citrus fruit, becoming spicier with aeration. The palate is very well balanced, quite saline in the mouth with veins of stem ginger furnishing the persistent finish. Vibrant and engaging in style, this Pouilly-Fuissé comes recommended. Drinking window: 2024-2034. 93 points

Roger and Christine Saumaize-Michelin have overseen a raft of top-notch Pouilly-Fuissé from this winery perched on the foothills of the Roc de Vergisson. We were joined by their daughter Lisa for the tasting. “We started the picking on 5 September compared to 2021, which started on 21 September. I prefer the 2020 over 2019. It has more directness. The vintage was easy to work, and the wines just give so much pleasure, whereas the 2019 was very warm. We started picking 25 August that year. The nights were fresher in 2019. Alcohol levels are between 13.0% to 13.5%. They are just more drinkable.” These tend to be fresh, nimble expressions of their vineyards, using minimal new oak, often quite saline on their finish. Whilst I felt that the Les Ronchevats needs a pep up on the nose and perhaps showed why it was not granted promotion in 2020, their Courtelongs and La Roche are outstanding. But it’s their Les Courtelongs that blew me away with its entrancing bouquet with supremely-well delineated palate that displays thrilling tension from start to finish.

Neal Martin, Vinous (08/22)