Opulent White Burgundy

Monday, January 21, 2013

There’s hardly a better winter white wine than a good Pouilly-Fuissé. The best wines from this appellation are rich, full, and soft. Our favorites persist in the mouth for quite a while, maintaining balance between acidity and roundness.

We’ve never had a better Pouilly-Fuissé than those from Michel Forest. Year after year, Forest crafts stunning wines in a barrel room no larger than a one-car garage. (A few years ago the cuvée “La Roche” was taken for 1er Cru Chassagne-Montrachet in a blind tasting organized by the sommelier of a three-star Michelin restaurant in Paris.)

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Today’s offer is for “La Roche” from the 2009 vintage, sadly one of Forest’s last. “La Roche” comes from east-facing vines on the Rock of Vergisson (pictured on Forest’s label and in the photo above).

The wine has an elegant, almost opulent mouthfeel, with smooth lemony notes accompanying sweet (but technically dry) hints of nuts and crème brûlée. Lightly seared sea scallops will pair beautifully here – Thomas Keller’s recipe is excerpted here. If you’d rather go all out, try scallops with a beurre blanc.

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FOREST POUILLY-FUISSÉ LA ROCHE 09
Ansonia Retail: $38
Offer Price: $32.95

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