The hilly, warmer appellation of Pouilly-Fuissé offers pure, varietally expressive Chardonnay, seeing little or no oak, at a price that makes it competitive with good Chardonnay from all over the world. Warm vintages in Pouilly-Fuissé, produce many fat, fruity wines with opulent flavors and moderate acidity.

Most producers in Pouilly-Fuissé now boast a Vieilles Vignes bottling, fashioned after the highly regarded Château de Fuissé Vieilles Vignes. Generally these will see at least a proportion of fermentation in new barrels and are of a richer, more buttery nature. The best of these come from 30–40 year old parcels, and have had the kind of winemaking lavished on them that elevates them beyond most people’s perception of Pouilly-Fuissé. (Wine/Appellations)