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DOMAINE SAUMAIZE-MICHELIN

 Domaine Saumaize Michelin vineyards [1]

This Domaine is on a roll and making consistently wonderful White Burgundies at affordable prices. Located in Vergisson just south of Mâcon in Southern Burgundy, Roger and Christine Saumaize took over this domaine in 1978. They make numerous vineyard designated Pouilly Fuissés as well as Mâcon and Saint Veran. Here is some background on Pouilly Fuissé from an earlier article:

Pouilly-Fuissé is an area in Mâconnais subregion of southern Burgundy. It was established in 1936 and today covers some 2000 acres. There are no vineyard classifications in Pouilly-Fuissé because the growers never applied for them. The wines are made exclusively from Chardonnay grapes. In the last decade or so there has been a steady improvement in the wines of southern Burgundy. Pouilly-Fuissé is now considered by many to be producing the finest white wines in the area, yet they continue to remain Under The Radar. As such they represent some of the greatest values in White Burgundy today.

 roger et christine saumaize michelin [2]

   Roger and Christine Saumaize

And here is what I had to say earlier about Domaine Saumaize-Michelin:

I first became acquainted with the wines of this small family owned domaine with the 2005 vintage. I was extremely impressed and bought a lot of the wines which have aged beautifully and are delicious today. There was a lapse in importing the wines for a few vintages, but they resumed with the 2010 vintage.

The 2010s are lovely are drinking beautifully today. They are really terrific across the board. The 2011s are likewise impressive and delicious to drink now. I drink these wines regularly. (To read an earlier review of Domaine Saumaize-Michelin wines click here  [3] and to read another review of Domaine Saumaize-Michelin and other inexpensive White Burgundies click here [4]).

Now we have the 2012s which are also really stunning. The wines are very consistent vintage to vintage and included in this article is note on a gorgeous 2010 that I drank along with the 2012s.  I expect the 2013s which will be the next vintage to arrive to continue the trend. These are wines to buy and this is a domaine to follow. Terrific wines at great prices, what else is there?

The wines of Domaine Saumaize-Michelin are imported by Atherton Wine Imports, Menlo Park, CA [5]

saumaize michelin bottles [6]

2012 Domaine Saumaize-Michelin Macon Vergisson La Roche
Light yellow gold in color with a lovely floral citrus tinged perfume this Macon is very pure, crisp, and bright. It has lovely fruit with tinges of peach, citrus, and spice with a nice crispness on the finish. Very finesseful and showing a lot of charm and finesse this is a delicious wine for near term consumption and is a very good value – Highly Recommended Plus.    $28

2012 Domaine Saumaize-Michelin Saint Veran Les Creches
Light golden yellow in color this Saint Veran is another lovely wine with early appeal and a lot of charm. There is a tropical note in the wine along with hints of citrus, peach and spice. Rounded and quite lush and flavorful it is also a very good value – Highly Recommended Plus.    $30

2012 Domaine Saumaize-Michelin Pouilly-Fuissé Pentacrine
Light yellow gold in color this Pouilly-Fuissé shows a lovely perfume with a citrus nuance and a faint floral quality. It is bright with lovely fruit and is balanced with a lot of early appeal – Highly Recommended Plus.   $35

2012 Domaine Saumaize-Michelin Pouilly-Fuissé Vignes Blanches
Light yellow gold in color this wine has a lovely floral citrus perfume with a touch of spice. It is very pure with lovely fruit and has depth and flavor with a nice crispness. Beautifully balanced this is a wine to enjoy over the next several years – Outstanding.    $35

2012 Domaine Saumaize-Michelin Pouilly-Fuissé Ronchevats
Light yellow gold in color this wine has a lovely mineral tinged perfume with a faint citrus tinge.  It has lovely very pure fruit and is rounded and flavorful with citrus nuances and a nice underlying crispness. This is a really charming wine that should develop nicely over the next few years – Outstanding.       $37

2012 Domaine Saumaize-Michelin Pouilly-Fuissé Clos Sur La Roche
Light yellow gold in color this wine has a gorgeous floral perfume with hints of citrus and a faint tropical nuance. Rounded and lush with lots very pure fruit accented by a faint floral tropical nuance it is flavorful with bright underlying crispness. This is a wine that is very enjoyable now and will evolve over several years – Outstanding.    $40

2012 Domaine Saumaize-Michelin Pouilly-Fuissé Courtelongs
Light yellow gold in color this wine has a great perfume with tropical citrus nuances. It has lots of fruit and is rich and supple with a lovely balanced crispness. Delicious to drink now, it should drink beautifully for several years – Outstanding.    $42

2012 Domaine Saumaize-Michelin Pouilly-Fuissé Haut De Crays
Light yellow gold in color this wine has a deep mineral tinged perfume with floral citrus tinges. It has lovely fruit with richness and depth with a nice crispness. A bit restrained now, expect this wine to blossom with a year or two of age – Outstanding.    $42

2010 Domaine Saumaize-Michelin Pouilly-Fuissé Haut De Crays
This is a wine from my cellar that I bought on release. I have been drinking Saumaize-Michelin wines over the past year from 2010, 2011, and 2005. They are all delicious. Other older vintages I drank earlier. This 2010 compares very favorably with the 2012s in terms of style and flavor. Light yellow gold in color it has a gorgeous floral perfume with hints of citrus and spice. Bright, fresh, and very pure it has lovely fruit with deep flavors and shows complexity and finesse with a nice crispness on the finish – Outstanding.