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Pouilly Fumé or Pouilly Fuissé?

Posted on 8th September 2017 by JN Wine

Pouilly Fumé or Pouilly Fuissé?

There is much confusion between these two wines. They sound a lot alike but are completely different.

Both are white wines from France, but from different regions and made from different grape varieties, one from Sauvignon Blanc and the other from Chardonnay.


Pouilly Fumé (Pooay Foo-may)

What is it?

It is a white wine from the Loire region in France and is made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape.  Pouilly Fumé is very similar to Sancerre which is also made from Sauvignon Blanc but from vineyards on the other side of the river.


What does Pouilly Fumé taste like?

It is a vibrant, fresh white wine usually with flavours of grapefruit, lemon, cut grass or flint.  It is similar to NZ Sauvignon Blanc but less intensely aromatic and a bit more subdued.


What does Pouilly Fumé go with?

It’s delicious with fish, shellfish or goats cheese.


Andre Dezat Pouilly Fume 2016, 75cl, £16.50

For a cheaper alternative try this beautiful Sauvignon Blanc:

Domaine Octavie Sauvignon Blanc 2016, 75cl, £10.95


Pouilly Fuissé (Pooay Fwee-say)

What is Pouilly Fuissé?

It is a white wine from the Burgundy region of France made from the Chardonnay grape.  Pouilly Fuissé is in the southern part of Burgundy in a region known as the Maconnais.


What does Pouilly Fuissé taste like?

It is usually aged in oak before bottling and a richer and more full-bodied style of wine.  It has ripe stone fruit flavours of peach and apricot and some toasty notes from the oak ageing.  The wines may also have a buttery or nutty flavour from barrel ageing.


What should I eat with Pouilly Fuisse?

These wines are a perfect match with roast chicken, pork or luxurious shellfish such as lobster or langoustines in a buttery sauce.


Domaine Manciat-Poncet Macon Pouilly Fuisse La Roche 2015, 75cl,  £18.99

Chateau de Beauregard Pouilly Fuisse Vers Cras 2014, 75cl, £28.95

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