2020 Chateau de Beauregard Pouilly-Fuisse Vers Cras Premier Cru
Frederic Burrier and his family own the historic Chateau de Beauregard and the small but equally important Chateau du Clos, both based in Pouilly, along with half ownership of Domaine de la Rochette based in Milly-Lamartine. Frederic is a staunch supporter of the wines of Pouilly, and led the commission into the possibility of premier crus for appellation. Winemaking is very traditional, and while he has tried newer methods and equipment, Frederic prefers the results he gets by crushing the grapes prior to using his Vaslin hydraulic press. As of 2020 vintage, many of the plots worked in Pouilly are now classified as premier cru.
The 2020 Pouilly-Fuissé Vers Cras 1er Cru comes from 3.5 hectares of vines surrounding the winery on limestone soils. Struck flint comes through nicely on the nose, very focused and full of energy. The palate is very well balanced with harmonious citrus fruit infused with flint and white pepper notes. Impressive weight and extract on the finish, this is turning into a delightful Pouilly-Fuissé. Drink 2025-2042.
Neal Martin - Vinous
This lightly wooded effort is also moderately reduced and tough to read aromatically. By contrast there is a lovely sense of freshness to the intense, detailed and rich flavors that don't have the same size and weight but there is a bit more refinement on the lingering finish. This though will need to develop better depth to merit the upper end of my projected range. Drink 2024+.
Allen Meadows - Burghound