Awarded 86 points and Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their June 2018 edition review of the 2016 vintage of the Maconnais village appellations (see blue link below)
Saumaize-Michelin Pouilly-Fuisse Clos Sur La Roche 2016 - June 2018 Decanter review
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 - 12km to the south of Mâcon - 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
Hand-harvested from steeply sloping, south and south easterly facing vineyards around the village of Vergisson. The grapes are gently pressed in a pneumatic press. After letting the wines settle all the juice is placed in barriques where it undergoes alcoholic and malolactic fermentation. The lees are stirred regularly (bâtonnage) which adds to the overall complexity of the finished wine. The wine spends 8 to 11 months in oak barriques.
Fragrant minerals, white fruit and floral aromas are abundant on the nose. It is powerfull and concentrated on the palate with plenty of peach, apple and ripe pear fruits coating its multi-faceted mineral edge. The finish stays full and stony, with a citrus finish.
The wine is produced organically and biodynamically, but these are not (yet) certified.