The Burriers have been a prominent winegrowing family in southern Burgundy since the 15th Century and have owned the Chateau de Beauregard in Pouilly-Fuisse for six generations. Frederic-Marc Burrier is the current family member in charge and produces several wines from Pouilly-Fuisse, Macon, and Beaujolais. The Beaujolais winery is in the Fleurie hamlet of Poncie. The Burriers own 15 hectares in 6 of the 10 Beaujolais crus including Fleurie, Moulin a Vent, Julienas, Saint-Amour, Chiroubles, and Morgon. Fleurie Poncie is from an east-facing 5-hectare vineyard between 300 and 400 meters elevation. The vines are gobelet-trained and have an average vine age of 50 years. After a strict selection on the sorting table, grapes are 100% destemmed and macerated from 6 to 8 days during pigeage. Traditional ‘Burgundian’ fermentation precedes 15 months aging in a combination of new and used 228-liter piece and 5000-liter wooden casks. The wine receives a light filtration before bottling.
In 2015, Maison Joseph Burrier purchased a stake in Domaine de la Rochette in nearby Bussieres; a location that Frederic-Marc identified as the ideal location for high quality, terroir-driven Macon white wine. As the president of the local winegrower’s association, Frederic has been one of the leading advocates for classifying the Pouilly-Fuisse region’s best climats as premier crus. Frederic has been focused on identifying the best single-vineyard sites since the mid-1990s and more than a dozen different Pouilly-Fuisses are produced today, along with wines from Macon, St-Veran, Fleurie, and Moulin-a-Vent.
Gamay has low tannins and refreshing acidity, making it an ideal red wine partner with dark fish such as grilled salmon or tuna. It can also be an excellent contrast to foods that are oily, fatty, or high in salt, such as saucisson sec or roasted meat.