The 2021 Pouilly-Fuissé Les Perrières 1er Cru has a delightful bouquet of perfumed yellow fruit, egg whites and light fern scents. Fine delineation and lift. The palate is well balanced with a gentle grip on the entry. The 2021 shows ell-judged acidity, and it’s pretty taut. A subtle prickle of spice appears toward the finish. Give this a couple of years in bottle.
The 2020 Pouilly-Fuissé Les Perrières Premier Cru, which comes from more clay soils, matured in 25% new oak, is finely-tuned on the nose, well-defined with citrus peel, yellow plum and light honeysuckle scents, a hint of chamomile emerging with time. The palate is well-balanced with a fine spine of acidity, one of more “nutty” cuvées from Ferret with a fine touch of bitterness lending tension on the finish. Fine.
Distinctly floral, offering lime blossom, citronella and hazelnut scents, adding lemon and apple flavors, graced by oak spice accents. this is creamy and concentrated, yet harmonious and long, echoing fruit, spice and mineral notes.
From a steep, mid-slope vineyard facing south-southeast, the vines planted in the early 1970s, this is earthy, bold chardonnay in a Mâconnais dialect. Its quiet, brisk complexity combines light green-apple crunch and buzzy honey-scented acidity, along with a darker tone—Berkshire sommelier Michael Kowalski described it as a grilled-fennel
scent. Those flavors amplify as the wine opens to pale beauty.