92 Insider Points
92 Points- Gilbert & Gallard
It's White Burgundy That Keeps Me Coming Back to Chardonnay.
It's a style of wine that just agrees with my palate, so when I find a bottle I like, I'm sure to make a note of it. The Auvigue is a classic example of White Burgundy, and one that will bring a smile to any Chard lover's face (it might even convert a few "red only" drinkers).
Green apples, citris and a light cream on the nose. The palate shows ripe fuji apples, buttered popcorn, and a hint of pineapple and lemon citris. It finishes with a mouth-watering end and a slight bitterness. Grab it while it's hot!
92 Points - JZ December '17
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Pure beauty lives at the house of Auvigue. This Chardonnay preaches of hallowed soils, it sings from French oak barrels, and it sends all who see, smell and taste its glory on a journey to discover its greatness.
This is an intense glass of Burgundian Chardonnay. Chalky, stony, laden with white peach aromas, laced with baking spice and dried lemon peel. Rich and smooth, this is a glorious expression of Pouilly-Fuissé’s grand limestone soils. Here, where Chardonnay reaches philosophical heights, Auvigue takes it to a heart-song level of greatness.
Why we love it:
- Since 1629, Domaine Auvigue’s wines have graced the most prestigious tables of Burgundy. Their Pouilly-Fuissé has an authenticity unknown outside of Burgundy. The family of vintners spans generations, and has learned to honor tradition while improving the family legacy.
- Three vineyards of flint and limestone soils make up the family estate. The vines are old enough to collect social security, between 66 and 72 years old.
- Our resident Burghound, Tony Westfall, has a nose for this sort of exceptionalism. He personally sought out and secured this wine, ensuring that he would have enough to drink year in and year out…provided you don’t buy it out from under him.
- Domaine de la Romanee Conti looks over it shoulder when Auvigue shows up on a table. This bottle shows off the grandeur of the region. Historic and lovely, the Pouilly-Fuissé AOC is known as the heartland of Chardonnay. The grape takes flight here, striving and reaching a level of beauty that is breathtaking.
A brioched nose, with hints of toast and vanilla and notes of fine peaches. The attack is round and supple, the tannins lightly truffled and the finish velvety and structured with a lovely acidity.
From the winery:
We have been producing our wines for generations since the name Auvigue was already known in 1629 in the vineyards of Beaujolais and Mâconnais.From South of France, the name Auvigue got to Emeringues en Beaujolais first, then to Chasselas, later on to Fuissé and eventually settled in the village of Solutré Pouilly.
Auvigue now vinifies the wines made in its own estate, but also the ones made in two family estates, André Auvigue and the Auvigue heirs, as well as a part of the Forest/Auvigue estate, which represents 6 ha in AOC Pouilly Fuissé and 0.5 ha in AOC Mâcon Solutré. Our Mâcon Solutré has always been cultivated in respect of the organic farming methods ans our Pouilly Fuissé vineyard as well since 2009.
The Auvigue family has been working its vineyard for generations, closely following traditional Burgundy methods. The grapes come from family estates or are carefully selected from the best areas of the Pouilly Fuisse, Saint Veran and Macon appellations. To allow each parcel to remain true to itself, Jean-Pierre and Michel Auvigue always adapt the vinification process to the climate. So the climates of “La Frerie”, “Les Chailloux” or “Les Crays” in the Pouilly Fuisse region are allowed to give their very best.
Brothers Jean-Pierre and Michel Auvigue run Vins Auvigue from the village of Charnay-les-Macon. They are the fifth generation of winemakers who started out in Beaujolais, their grandfather one of the first to commence domaine-bottling in the region during the 1940s. They only use organic products in the vineyards that are predominantly based around Solutre. Leaf thinning is usually eschewed and there is prudent use of oak in the winery.
Although the Auvigue brand is sold both in France and overseas, it has managed to retain the intimacy and warmth which made its reputation.
Over time, Jean-Pierre and Michel Auvigue have managed to take full advantage of the fruits of the wonderful land of the Mâcon region.
Delicious as an aperitif, or with a seafood platter, Trout with almonds or goat's cheese.