Marcel Couturier Pouilly-Loche, 100% Chardonnay, France
Just a gorgeous bottle of wine from an incredible producer. I get a delightful toasted, slightly woody nose (think cedar, not oak barrels.) The palate is round and lush but structured- there's a backbone of acidity that keeps it from being flabby. Lot's of lemon, pineapple, cream, and nuttiness. So good and a beautiful pairing with everything on the table.
From De Maison Selections:
Domaine Couturier is led by the legendary Marcel Couturier, who comes from a long line of vignerons in the southern Mâconnais, in conjunction with the next generation of the domaine: his daughter Cladie and son Auxence. The winery is located in the commune of Fuissé, overlooking the village of Loché, Mâcon, and the great plain of Bresse. Their vineyards are located within a fault zone, meaning several different soil types exist close to one another within a small area.
The Pouilly-Loché comes from east-facing parcels with over 35-year-old chardonnay vines near the village of Loché. The vineyards are known for heavy clay calcareous soils with schist, which give wines substance, grip, and longevity. Couturier wines from Pouilly-Loché are structured and serious, architectural and firm.
Farming is meticulous at Domaine Couturier, employing only certified organic (Ecocert 2021) and certified biodynamic (Demeter 2022) methods. They work soils with ground cover between rows to regenerate the hard, poor clay soils, which greatly benefit from the aeration and the introduction of native organic materials.