The most complete wine in the range is the 2021 Pouilly-Fuissé Hors-Classe Tournant de Pouilly, an attractively satiny, seamless wine redolent of toasted nuts, pear, orange oil, youthful reduction and a deft hint of toasty oak. It largely transcends the challenges of the vintage.
The 2021 Pouilly-Fuissé Tournant de Pouilly 1er Cru, which comes from Les Reisses (as indicated only on the back label), offers slightly more tropical scents on the nose. It remains well defined and handles the oak in its stride, maybe just a little more vanilla pod evident after five minutes in the glass. The palate is more reduced and backward than other cuvées, with fine tension. It’s edgy, with Indian spice perking up the finish. Very fine, although the Les Ménétrières has a greater sense of completeness.
The 2021 Pouilly-Fuisse Tournant de Pouilly 1er Cru was reduced to four barrels this year due to extensive hail damage. It has an attractive bouquet with lemon verbena and crushed chalky scents. The palate is well balanced with a fine bead of acidity, taut and fresh, quite saline with lemon thyme and light ginger notes towards a finish that has a pleasing directness
The 2020 Pouilly-Fuissé Tournant de Pouilly 1er Cru is much more Zen-like, backward on the nose that does not want to come out and play, yet there is clearly coiled up intensity here and it just needs some bottled age. The palate is well balanced with a fine spine of acidity thanks to the limestone soil, a little chalkiness coming through on the focused finish. Very fine.
Notes of citrus zest, white flowers, crisp stone fruit, vanilla pod and almond paste introduce the 2019 Pouilly-Fuissé Hors-Classe Tournant de Pouilly, a medium to full-bodied, satiny and layered wine that’s deep and concentrated, with a seamless profile and racy girdling acids. Concluding with a long, mineral finish, it has turned out especially well.