Four vineyards of the appellations Pouilly-Loché and Pouilly-Vinzelles in the Burgundian region of Mâcon are to receive the status of a Premier Cru from the 2024 vintage. These are the four sites Les Mûres in Pouilly-Loché and Les Quarts, Les Longeays and Les Pétaux in Pouilly-Vinzelles. Together, these sites make up about a third of the 84-hectare appellation. The application was made in 2010 together with 22 sites in the Pouilly-Fuissé appellation, which have already achieved Premier Crus status in 2020.
Alexis Sannier, representative of the French national appellation authority (INAO), told Decanter magazine that a committee in September "confirmed their eligibility as Premier Cru sites" and tasked a group of experts with defining their delimitation. Official recognition in 2024 seems realistic, but the exact boundaries of the sites still need to be drawn as well as the production rules. It is expected that herbicides will be banned and manual harvesting will be mandatory.
The recognition is "overdue, because Burgundian winegrowers have long known about the advantages of these sites," said François Labet, president of the Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bourgogne. Mâcon offers the best deals for Burgundy wines and shows that not all quality Burgundies are expensive, he added. The increasing number of premier cru sites will further boost demand, he added.
(ru / Source: Decanter; Photo: 123rf.com)