|image courtesy Paris Grocery Seattle|
now, i don't know a lot about wine. i mostly know that i like it. and i know i prefer reds. but at christmas my sister kc jokingly mentioned that she likes "a nice pouilly-fuissé" and it became a running joke throughout the holiday. none of us knew much, if anything, about pouilly-fuissé, but that didn't stop us from repeatedly and enthusiastically declaring it our favorite wine of all! (okay, maybe that was just me.) so, when i saw the photo above and read the accompanying description of the 2008 albert bichot pouilly-fuissé as "zesty" with "notes of lemon and beeswax", i was curious.
|me, enjoying a red|
i recently consulted my copy of oldman's guide to outsmarting wine and learned that pouilly-fuissé is a french white burgundy made from chardonnay grapes grown in the mâconnais, a sub-region of burgundy. aha! pouilly-fuissé is a french chardonnay! for those of us more familiar with california wines that description is enormously helpful. it also could have been the end of the story.
|me, again (there is a surprising/troubling number of photos like this)|
as mentioned, i prefer reds. i'm not a fan of chardonnay; it's too, well, much. but, i kept reading, as i am wont to do. and it turns out that where the typical california version has, as one chardonnay-loving friend puts it, an oaky-buttery quality, the french version has a "lean, clean, appley elegance". and that sounds good to me. pouilly-fuissé: light, crisp, refreshing! and, possibly, a new favorite? as soon as i make the right meal (something with shrimp, perhaps) and invite someone to share this bottle with me, i'll let you know.
p.s. to read a bit more about pouilly-fuissé, check out this interesting article.