Compared to the very good Sanford Chardonnay (below), this Pouilly Fuisse from Bouchard Aine & Fils is several steps above. Alas, I have finished my stash of bottles purchased at closeout and will have to decide whether I want to shell out the $30 necessary to buy current vintages. It is, in my opinion, worth the premium.
Medium deep yellow/gold; lighter than the Sanford Chardonnay (below), even though it is six years younger. Bouquet every bit as distinctive as the Sanford but much more subtle. Perfectly ripe apples and pears, white flowers. Concentrated fruit, presented with elegance and grace. Glides across the palate. Assertive but not aggressive. This is a bottle you want on your table with a special meal.
According to the winery, "only the yeasts naturally present on the grapes were used, which is our way to respect and enhance the terroir."