Wine review: Louis Latour 2008 Pouilly Fuisse

Louis Latour Pouilly FuisseGreat wine for Thanksgiving!

The fancy name — Pouilly Fuissé — might scare people off from checking out this wine, but don’t be intimidated. With fruit and acidity like this, it’s not scared of you. Pouilly Fuissé [pwee fwee-SAY] is a subregion of Maconnais in France’s Burgundy area (this might make it clearer: France > in Burgundy > in Mâconnais > in Pouilly Fuissé), where Chardonnay roams free from oak aging. This makes it great wine for pairing with food.

Far from its California oaky-buttery cousins, this wine  tastes crisp, refreshing and bursts with lemon-lime, peaches and minerals. Medium-bodied, it has a touch of butter which gives it a soft, round character in the mouth. White Burgundies from this area aren’t as popular, so the price isn’t as offensive as other French Chardonnays. Nice.

Sweetness: 1 out of 10
Rating: 3 out of 5
Price: $18 – $20
Occasion: Tasted at a wine bar.
Food pairing: Thanksgiving dinner, light meats like pork tenderloin in a cream sauce, heavier grilled fish dishes
Availability: High end wine shops
Locally available in Tampa at Cru Cellars


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