Grapelive Daily Pick
By Kerry Winslow
2007 Dominique Cornin Pouilly-Fuisse “Clos Reyssie” White Burgundy, France.
This biodynamic estate in the Maconnais has some amazing old vine Chardonnay, some of which Dominique’s father planted from seed and the wine reflect his respect of place and family, also showing his total commitment to nature and the spirit of unique terroirs. I recently tried his three Pouilly-Fuisse wines and was left speechless, so beautiful were these wines and quite frankly I had just tried a top Corton-Charlemagne and a Batard-Montrachet, Grand Cru Burgundies, and the Cornin Pouilly-Fuisses almost put them to shame quality wise, even though there were respectful differences of course, but it doesn’t take away from the dramatic and sublime flavors, and class of the Dominique Cornin wines. Even the basic Pouilly-Fussie at around $30 was stunning and as good as any Chardonnay can expect to be, but the two single vineyard wines were other worldly, and while I chose to focus on the “Clos Reyssie” the other one, the “Les Chevrieres” from 100 year old vines was just as good and should be looked for by any Burgundy fan, or any wine lover period. The “Clos Reyssie” shows supple and textured fruit, but still has intensity and a vibrant nature with lots of mineral and stone as well. The nose has white flowers and hazelnuts with a hint of earthy river rocks, leading to a palate of lemon, green apple, white peach and a touch of fig then ending with subtle wood, clove spice and a nutty smoke note. ($38-40 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive