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The 2012 Pouilly Fuissé Ampelopsis is a blend of one of two of the best barrels of the grand crus given a longer élevage: one year in wooden barrels and then transferred into stainless steel from which this was taken. At the moment the wood still dominates the nose. The palate is ripe and very well-balanced on the entry, slightly honeyed in texture with touches of marmalade, mandarin, dried honey and spice. It builds wonderfully in the mouth and here the oak is extremely well-assimilated. I suspect that it will need a couple of years once in bottle to fully assimilate the wood. ||The good news this year is that Christine and Roger Saumaize were on hand to guide me through their 2012s. Having said that, poor Christine was suffering a bad cold induced by the Arctic conditions of a tasting in London the previous week that I had also attended. So it was Roger who escorted me down to their cellars that lie opposite their home. “The 2012 vintage was very interesting because despite the difficulties, the maturity was slow and reached an ideal,” he explained. “In the 1950s it would be a poor vintage, but these days we could make a great harvest that was from October 1, and for around 12 days afterwards. It was a ‘millésime de soleil’. We are also using less and less new oak so that now we hardly use any.” This is one of my favorite producers, and their 2012s do not disappoint: a very consistent range of wines that reach their peak with the Les Courtelongs and Vignes Blanches bottlings of Pouilly-Fuissé. eRobertParker.com.October, 2014
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