The Louis Jadot 2009 Pouilly-Fuisse was produced using fruit sourced in the southern part of Burgundy where a few tiny villages make up this sub-appellation. This offering is 100% Chardonnay. This wine has a suggested retail price around $22 and is currently selling at WineChateau.com for right around $18. Apple and pear aromas are infused with vanilla bean and a hint of toast through the nose of this 2009 Chardonnay. Golden Delicious apple flavors are quite prominent on the palate which is fruity and full-bodied, displaying good weight and plenty of complex layers of flavor. Baker’s spices and pie crust characteristics join in and lead to the finish which has minerals such as limestone and graphite as well as lemon zest characteristics. This wine is balanced by firm acidity and will pair well with a wide array of foods such as grilled white meats, soft and semi-soft cheeses, pastas with cream sauces and more.
Just about every wine region makes Chardonnay. The results vary greatly, to say the least. Even within France itself the styles and intent of Chardonnay run the gamut. Just about every village or sub-region has their own unique terroir and the French are expert at showing off that sense of place. This Example from Louis Jadot offers a lot of drinking pleasure for the price. It’s loaded with varietal character and offers more than reasonable length and complexity in its category. If you’re a Chardonnay drinker (and why wouldn’t you be?) here’s one worth exploring.