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Fancy some French wines?

Since we’re in the midst of our Twosday promo, lets explore this region that is no stranger to wine lovers – Bourgogne, or more famously known to the English speaking world as Burgandy. It is home to some of the world’s most famous (and expensive) French wines. In fact, its so reknowned that its climats (smaller areas with distinctive geological and climatic features) have become UNESCO World Heritage sites.

For such a small area, the region amazingly boasts an astonishing variety of terroirs and produces recognizable wines with full personalities, mainly from two grape varieties: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. 

As with many wine producers in this region, le Maison Francois Martenot is deeply rooted with its history going back a few generations.

Their signature style of vinification involves little human interference and is reliant on gravity. Above all, what they strive for is to preserve the characteristics of the terroir and the climats, resulting in great wines that are expressive and refined.

The majority of Francois Martenot’s white wines are vinified at sites in the Chablis area, on the Côte de Beaune and in the Mâconnais. Alcoholic fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks or in oak barrels. They are then aged for 8 to 16 months.

The red wines, on the other hand, are vinified in the traditional way at sites on the Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune. They are then aged in oak barrels for a period of 8 to 16 months. 

Now this particular wine, the Les Ruchers Pouilly-Fuissé is one of my fav discovery during the stay at home (or rather, work from home) period. Pouilly-Fuissé  actually is the most well-known village appellations located in the Mâconnaise region of Burgundy. 

Interestingly, Chardonnay is the only permitted grape here, and many of the wines produced are considered the same quality level as those made in the Côte de Beaune, sans the hefty price tag. 

Whats the taste of the liquid like then, you may ask. When pouring, you’d find it golden with a hint of pale green glints. The nose of it has an almond and hazelnut bouguet, complete with citrus fuits, white fruits and brioche aromas. Tasted it to be well balanced and rich on the palate. (Heck, just writing bout it brings back the recall of this yummy wine).

As I’ve said, this remains one of my favourite French wine to emerge from the MCO period – definitely something to be savored.

Talk to you again soon.

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