The wines of Domaine Saumaize-Michelin are made from Chardonnay and are produced in the Mâconnais subregion of Burgundy in central France. Following is the complete history of Domaine Saumaize-Michelin as composed by one of their US importers:
Saumaize-Michelin was founded in 1977 when Roger Saumaize received 4 hectares of vineyards from his father. Roger had grown up in the vineyards and began working them at age 14. In 1978, he completely took over his father’s estate.
Roger owns the estate with his wife Christine, whose maiden name is Michelin, hence the winery name. Their logo represents the Roche de Vergisson, a huge rock formation, just on top of the Village of Vergisson.
Roger and Christine built their winery & expanded their vineyards over time. In 1979, they purchased 1.6 hectares of “La Roche” vineyards in Vergisson. In 1985, they decide to vinify their parcels separately. They added:
Pouilly-Fuissé “Ronchevats” in 1988
Saint-Véran “les Crêches” in 1995
Pouilly-Fuissé “le Haut des Crays” in 2004
Pouilly-Fuissé “les Courtelongs” in 2005
and lastly, Pouilly-Fuissé “Les Maréchaudes” in 2014, in collaboration with their son, Vivien.
Two new cellars were built in 2007. Lisa, the daughter, joined the team in 2020. Together with her brother Vivien, they represent the new generation. Learning the fundamentals from the experienced Roger and Christine.
Today they have 10 hectares (24.7 acres) of vineyards, growing 9.5 hectares of Chardonnay and 0.5 hectares of Gamay. Roger makes around 6,250 cases of wine per year under three different appellations: Mâcon-Villages, St Véran, and Pouilly-Fuissé.
The vines are 45-50 years old of age on average. The vineyards are farmed according to biodynamic principles. In the cellar, all white wines are 100% barrel fermented with 100% M-L fermentation
Tasting Notes – One 2005, One 2010, Seven 2018s & One 2017
Below are tasting notes on two older White Burgundies from Domaine Saumaize- Michelin and notes on the new releases. The new releases include all the 2018s as well as the 2017 Ampelopsis which is considered their top wine and is released a year later than the others. This domaine consistently produces beautiful White Burgundies that are reasonably priced and age beautifully. I have been buying, drinking, and cellaring Domaine Saumaize-Michelin wines for a very long time.
Just before I received the new releases I enjoyed a 2005 Domaine Saumaize-Michelin Pouilly Fuissé Les Haut des Crays and a 2010 Domaine Saumaize-Michelin Pouilly Fuissé Clos Sur La Roche from my cellar where they had rested since release. Both were beautiful outstanding older White Burgundies with complexity, balance, and depth. Given my long history with the wines from this domaine I can assure you that, while the current vintage Saumaize-Michelin wines are delicious to drink now, properly stored wines will give you many years of drinking pleasure. All of the 2018s have very light yellow gold colors and lovely perfume and balance with very nice fruit and a lot of charm. The 2017 is richer and fuller with more fruit and complexity reflecting what I think is a combination of the vintage and the vineyard. In short, this is a really nice group of White Burgundies that are very reasonably priced. Domaine Saumaize-Michelin wines are imported by Atherton Wine Imports San Jose, California
2018 Saumaize-Michelin Macon Vergisson Sur La Roche
With a lovely floral faintly honied perfume this wine has very pure fruit with a floral undertone. It is beautifully balanced and has a lot of charm – Outstanding. $33
2018 Saumaize-Michelin Viré-Clesse
This wine has a lovely floral perfume with a very faint spice tinge. On the palate, it is elegant and rounded and supple with a nice underlying crispness on the finish – Outstanding. $33
2018 Saumaize-Michelin Saint Veran Les Crêches
With a lovely floral perfume showing faint hints of citrus and spice, this wine has a very nice floral perfume with faint hints of citrus and a kiss of spice. With very nice citrus tinged fruit it is elegant with a crispness on the finish – Highly Recommended. $36
2018 Saumaize-Michelin Pouilly Fuissé Pentacrine
This wine has a lovely floral perfume with a faint exotic citrus undertone. Lush and elegant with floral tinged fruit and a nice underlying crispness this is a very appealing wine – Outstanding. $41
2018 Saumaize-Michelin Pouilly Fuissé Vignes Blanches
With a lovely floral exotic tinged perfume with a kiss of honey this very elegant flavorful wine. The fruit is very pure with faint floral honeyed nuances and the finish shows a nice underlying crispness – Outstanding Plus. $45
2018 Saumaize-Michelin Pouilly Fuissé Ronchevats
With a lovely floral perfume showing a faint citrus nuance and a kiss of spice this wine is very elegant and shows great finesse and balance. The floral tinged fruit flavors are accented by a faint citrus undertone and there is a nice underlying crispness on the finish – Outstanding. $45
2018 Saumaize-Michelin Pouilly Fuissé La Marechaude
This wine has a gorgeous floral perfume with a faint exotic spice tinge and citrus undertone. Beautifully crafted it has a great combination of elegance and flavor with lovely citrus tinged fruit and a lingering aftertaste – Outstanding Plus. $48
2018 Saumaize-Michelin Pouilly Fuissé Courtelongs
Showing a great floral tinged perfume with an exotic tinge and hints of citrus this wine has finesse and elegance with lots of very pure citrus tinged fruit and beautiful balance with a nice underlying crispness on the finish – Outstanding Plus. $50
2018 Saumaize-Michelin Pouilly Fuissé Les Crays
Showing a floral citrus tinged perfume with a faint exotic nuance this wine has lovely fruit with floral citrus undertones and a nice underlying crispness. It is very elegant and expressive with lots of flavor and very appealing now with a long life ahead – Outstanding Plus. $50
2018 Saumaize-Michelin Pouilly Fuissé Clos Sur La Roche
With a gorgeous floral tinged perfume showing a faint exotic tinge this wine is very pure, elegant, and flavorful. Floral tinged fruit is accented by faint citrus and mineral nuances. It is delicious now but will age gracefully for many years – Outstanding Plus. $50
2017 Saumaize-Michelin Pouilly Fuissé Ampelopsis
Light golden yellow in color this wine has a gorgeous floral perfume with faint hints of pineapple and citrus with a mineral undertone. With gorgeous floral tinged fruit on the palate showing a faint exotic tinge, it is lush, supple, and rich. Also, it has intensity and depth but at the same time maintains a great sense of elegance and balance. In short, this is a great wine and the best Pouilly Fuissé that I have ever tasted – Extraordinary. $63