The village of Charnay is located just outside of the prestigious Pouilly-Fuissé appellation, and the wines are similar, at a fraction of the price. Domaine Manciat-Poncet is regarded as one of Charnay's top producers. All grapes are hand harvested, and yields are carefully monitored, averaging 30% below the allowable limit. The old-vines Chardonnay used in this bottling come from a select five-acre plot in the best part of the appellation. Grapes are fermented exclusively in stainless steel tanks, yielding a wine that is creamy (due to the old vines) as well as crisp and strikingly vibrant (due to the avoidance of oak). Very stylish.
Cool and bright, displaying a bouncy mix of pear, green and acacia blossom, with notes of mineral asserting themselves toward the finish. Only recently bottled, this 2012’s exuberant fruit notes are very much at the fore right now. I enjoyed my bottle over several days, and was impressed by how it kept revealing greater and greater complexity as it went along. Delicious now, this should develop nicely over the next 6 to 18 months.-Ben Giliberti