2016 Pouilly-Fuissé Aux Vignes Dessus
This is the first of Gilles` top 2 cuvées which sits high on the slope at 350 metres above sea level on a clay dominated soil. The combination of slope, soil and altitude typically produces a wine of both richness and vitality and this 2016 is exactly that. Despite the obvious concentration there is no hint of heaviness and the finish is clean, long and lively.
`(13.2% alcohol; spent ten months in fûts; from mostly clay soil on a south-facing site in Vergisson near Les Ronchevats and Les Charmes): Bright medium yellow. Enveloping scents of pear and smoky oak; smells more powerful than the Bélemnites. Ripe, spicy flavors of stone fruits and honey convey lovely sucrosité but the residual sugar here is just 1.2 grams per liter, according to Morat, who added that the sweetness comes from the variety and the oak. Nicely glyceral and round in the middle palate, then more taut and gripping on the finish, leaving behind notes of marzipan and flowers. I`d give this a couple years in the cellar.` 90 points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous.com