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Domaine Saumaize-Michelin 'Pentacrine' Pouilly-Fuissé 2021


Pentacrine is named for the small star-shaped fossils found in the vineyards. This is a blend of several parcels throughout Vergisson. Fermented and aged in demi-muids; floral with notes of strawberry and juicy pink grapefruit.

It’s a very small operation; Roger and Christine work with a team of four people. Roger repeated several times that his “first goal is the optimum expression of terroir,” and tasting is believing. We tasted through fifteen wines and each was very expressive and distinct. They make ten Pouilly-Fuissé, two Saint-Véran, one Viré-Clessé, and two Mâcon wines.

Saumaize-Michelin has followed organic farming for twenty years and they have been practicing biodynamic farming since 2005, which is quite unique in the region, where herbicide use is common. Their vines average 50 years-old and the philosophy of the farming is to, in Roger's words, "capture the energy of the place". All of the grapes are hand-harvested and depending on the vintage and parcel, may be picked in several passes. The 'work' in the cellar is very straight forward; there is a gentle and slow pressing in two pneumatic presses. After the juice has settled for a day, it’s moved right into barrel for fermentation and aging. Wines are aged on the lees with occasional stirring for twelve months.

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