Domaine Saumaize-Michelin produces wonderful white Burgundies from the best terrains of both Pouilly-Fuissé and Saint-Véran. It comprises 9 hectares and is a family-run domaine, managed by Christine (née Michelin) and Roger Saumaize. The domaine is centred in Vergisson, generally famed for its lighter style of Pouilly-Fuissé (although those of Saumaize Michelin tend to buck this trend).
In the vineyard, there is a focus on maintaining the special characteristics and the soil microbes of the particular terroir. Yields are controlled through winter pruning and debudding in spring. Maturity is optimized by manual intervention in the summer (stripping) to improve sunlight and the strength of the grapes
The harvest is undertaken totally by hand and the grapes were harvested in excellent condition. After a gentle pressing in a pneumatic press, the wines are left to settle before both alcoholic and malolactic fermentation. The lees are stirred regularly (bâtonnage), which adds to the overall complexity of the finished wine.
Succulent, ripe nose of creamy vanilla and pineapples. Rounded and generous palate, offering ripe grapefruits and lemon rind. A judicious use of oak brings depth, texture and nutty characters and helps with the soft finish.
The wine is produced organically and biodynamically, but these are not (yet) certified.