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Croix Senaillet Pouilly-Fuisse AOC 2016

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 90 Points
Country:France
Regions:Burgundy
Maconnais
Grape Type:Chardonnay
Winery:Croix Senaillet
Organic:Yes
Product Description


Bright gold color. The wine expresses delicate toasty notes, subtle caramel, almonds and ripe fruits aromas. The mouth is round, ample. The oak is well integrated giving volume, depth and a juicy finish. This elegant and well-balanced wine shows the minerality of the Pouilly-Fuisse terroir and presents a great ageing potential

   Surface area : 59 ares located in the village of Solutré and Fuissé.

Soil : Jurassic limestones mixed with platy marl.
South and North-east facing parcel.
Grape variety : organically-grown Chardonnay.
Plantation density 8.000 vinestocks per ha.
Age of vines : 70 years.
Very low yield focusing on concentration.

Harvest at full maturity; destemming; slow and gentle pneumatic pressing to ensure purity of fruit and extract fine aromas.
Very slow alcoholic fermentation partly in demi-muids of 228L. Malolactic fermentation
Aging on the lees for 10 months; stirring of the lees.

Pair with bresse traditional chicken served with Burgundian truffles, roasted lobster with cream of avocado, pork tenderloin with bacon and sweet potatoes.

Review:

"Centered on generous apple and lime fruit, this wine holds tight and firm, lasting on cool brightness. The citrus-zest bitterness will work well with halibut en croute.”
- Wine & Spirits Magazine (April 2019), 90 pts

Winery: Croix Senaillet

The Domaine de la Croix Senaillet Estate
This second generation old estate is located in the town of Davaye, in southern Burgundy. The winery was founded by Maurice Martin in 1969. His son Richard took it over in 1990 and was joined by his brother Stéphane in 1992. While Richard takes care of the vinification and the sales, Stephane is in charge of the vineyard. They sell 80% of their production in bottle and 20% to negociants. Currently, they export 40% of their wine outside of France. 
"Domaine de la Croix Senaillet" takes its name from a cross that had been given by an ancient mayor of the village called Benoit Senaillet. The records show that the mayor donated the cross to Davaye in 1866 to replace the one that was destroyed in 1793 during the French Revolution. According to the common believes, the cross that was blessed in 1867 would protect the inhabitants of the village and everyone that would pass by.

The Domaine de la Croix Senaillet Vineyard
The vineyards are located on the south/southeastern slopes of the Solutre and Vergisson rocks. The estate spreads over 52 parcels in the town of Davayé and measures 22 hectares total (54.3 acres): 17 ha in St Veran, 5 ha in Macon, less than 1 hectare in Pouilly-Fuisse. The soil is both chalk and clay. The vines are 40 years old on average. In order to increase the quality of the grapes, Stephane has decided to use "culture raisonnee", which means that they watch carefully and daily the vineplant, checking for the sanitary level in the vineyard and use very small amount of pesticide and chemical products if necessary. 

Saint Veran's AOC represents 696 hectares (1,726 acres) in total.
The total production for the AOC is around 42,775 hectoliters (474,089 twelve-bottle-case equivalent)

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 92 Points
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