Saumaize-Michelin

Domaine Saumaize-Michelin

We met Roger Saumaize and his wife, Christine Michelin, in February 2018. The wines are spectacular -  the word crystalline comes to mind when I think about that tasting. They have 10 hectares of vines, mostly in the Vergisson area of Pouilly-Fuissé (Pouilly-Fuissé can come from four different villages:   Solutré-Pouilly, Fuissé, Vergisson and Chaintré.)

It’s a very small operation; Roger and Christine work with a team of four people. Roger repeated several times that his “first goal is the optimum expression of terroir,” and tasting is believing. We tasted through fifteen wines and each was very expressive and distinct. They make ten Pouilly-Fuissé, two Saint-Véran, one Viré-Clessé, and two Mâcon wines.

Saumaize-Michelin has followed organic farming for twenty years and they have been practicing biodynamic farming since 2005, which is quite unique in the region, where herbicide use is common. Their vines average 50 years old and the philosophy of the farming is to, in Roger's words, "capture the energy of the place". All of the grapes are hand-harvested and depending on the vintage and parcel, may be picked in several passes. In the cellar, there is a gentle and slow pressing in two pneumatic presses. After the juice has settled for a day, it’s moved right into barrel for fermentation and aging. Wines are aged on the lees with occasional stirring for twelve months.

The single-vineyard Pouilly-Fuissé wines are gorgeous expressions of their distinct terroir and many of them will soon be classified as 1er Cru sites per the INAO. Saumaize told us that he hopes to be able to use the new classification from the 2020 vintage.  —Michele Peters, French Portfolio Manager

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DB3421-17
Organic
Pouilly-Fuissé "Vers Cras"
2017
Chardonnay
This is one of the only Pouilly-Fuisse that Saumaize-Michelin makes from the village of Solutre. They have a .25 hectare parcel with south... Read More

DB3418-16
Organic
Pouilly-Fuissé Pentacrine
2016
Chardonnay
Pentacrine is named for the small star-shaped fossils found in the vineyards. This is a blend of several parcels throughout Vergisson.... Read More
DB3422-17
Organic
Pouilly-Fuissé “Clos sur la Roche”
2017
Chardonnay
The flagship wine of the single-vineyard efforts at Saumaize-Michelin. They own a single 1.65 hectare parcel and the oldest vines are... Read More

DB3420-16
Organic
Saint Véran
2016
Chardonnay
A blend from two parcels, one on marl in Davaye, where the limestone is generally softer than Pouilly-Fuissé and a second parcel on hard... Read More

DB3423-17
Organic
Pouilly-Fuissé "Les Crays"
2017
Chardonnay
From a tiny .22 ares parcel. The soil is red due to its iron-rich top soil with the limestone of Verisson underneath. The vineyard is full... Read More