Pouilly Fuisse C C, Domaine Guffens-Heynen 2016


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Tasting Notes

Mineral freshness the nose is bright the start of the palate has flinty crispness There is mid sweetness the richness of melon and ripe greengage creamy depth of flavour. Fresher at the back a mineral and citrus mix the finish is racy, fragrant and long. 2019-25

Score: 93Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, May 2017

This cuvée of Pouilly Fuissé is called CC as it comes from the vineyards "Côtes" and "Carmentrans". The total production is a mere 180 cases and this is an opulent, more forward style of wine than the more backward "Tri des Hauts de Vignes" cuvée. Pale lemon in colour, with an exuberant nose of peaches and cream, with a hint of vanilla pod. The palate is rich and seductive, with ripe stone fruits and a tropical hint of pineapple and melon. Acid tames this richness, adding a hint of freshness to the creamy, voluptuous texture. Long and ripe on the finish, this is a juicy and immediate wine, that can be drunk over the next 2-3 years.

Score: 16.5Farr Vintners, Farr Tasting, March 2017

The 2016 Pouilly-Fuissé “C.C” offers straightforward apple blossom, Conference pear and chalky scents on the nose that needs a little coaxing. The palate is well balanced with a crisp line of acidity, quite sappy in the mouth with a subtle marine/fruits de mer influence towards the vivacious, flinty finish. This is very fine for what is supposed to be an entry-level Pouilly-Fuissé, but then we are talking about a very talented winemaker here. Tasted at Farr Vintners Verget/Guffens-Heynan tasting.

Score: 91Neal Martin, vinous.com, June 2019

Aromas of ripe lemons and buttered orchard fruit introduce the 2016 Pouilly-Fuissé C C, a full-bodied, open-knit wine that's succulent and easygoing. This wine is analogous with the Mâcon-Pierreclos En Crazy in that it contains the press wine from Guffens's top Pouilly-Fuissé cuvées—in addition to juice from the lieux-dits of Côte and Carmentrans whose initials give it its name. Like the En Crazy, it's adapted for early consumption. Guffens calls it his "restaurant wine."

Score: 88William Kelley, Wine Advocate (238), August 2018

The cuvée C.C. is normally one of the more open-knit, facile wines in the Guffens-Heynen cellar, and the generous yields of the vintage (50 hL/ha here – still considerably less than what most Mâconnais growers harvested) have reinforced that tendency. Notes of melon and preserved lemon are followed by a sapid, supple and attractively fresh wine which misses a bit of intensity and mid-palate depth—at least by Guffens’ lofty standards.

Score: 88William Kelley, Decanter.com, January 2018

Medium yellow. Ripe peach, tropical fruits and hazelnut on the alluring nose. Ripe yellow fruit flavors show a slight roughness and come across as a bit less plush than those of the Saint-Véran Cuvée Unique. There's a firm spine of lemony acidity here but the acid level is actually a bit lower than the others due to the inclusion of some press wine. But this rather clenched, distinctly dry Pouilly-Fuissé will no doubt need at least a year or two in bottle to harmonize. Today the slightly phenolic finish shows surprising citricity and a touch of lingering salty minerality.

Score: 89/91Stephen Tanzer, vinous.com, November 2017

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