Verget Pouilly-Fuissé Terres de Pierres 2020


Not be confused with the Mâcon-Villages of the same name (Verget releases multiple cuvees under the name Terres de Pierres which means ‘stony land’) this cuvée is a blend from three vineyards within Pouilly-Fuissé. Facing full north, La Côte—which sits directly below the majestic Roche de Vergisson—brings the cool, mineral line; while the south-facing vines in Vers la Croix and Les Littes contribute density and layered texture. So, you get both the steel and the silk. The wines were naturally fermented and aged in used barrels for six months.
Here the fruit spectrum errs towards crystalline stone fruits spiked by more exotic notes of rose and lychee. Tasted at the winery this year, it showed intense, rich and ripe aromatics, while the palate was contrastingly firm, steely and tightly wound with a solid core of textural pulpy fruit. The typical depth, power and complexity of this wine will be revealed with time. It is still a pleasure to drink now, but three-plus years of aging would be ideal.
Wine writer Gerald Asher once said: “If luxury is never cheap, pleasure need not be expensive”, so if the prices of top Meursault and Puligny leave you giddy, then you know what to do. A wine of real class, and highly representative of Verget’s outstanding portfolio of 2020 white Burgundy. 


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