Bruce’s Pick: 2014 J.J. Vincent Pouilly-Fuisse "Marie Antoinette," $24.00

JUST FOR THE HAL-I—-BUT! That's right—I had purchased a nice filet of wild-caught halibut, and was looking for something to pair with it that was a cut above the daily drinker. Although I had not tried this particular vintage before, I did make a good educated guess. This is an excellent producer, one we have carried in our store for many years. From the iconic village (actually two adjacent villages) in the Maconnais region in southern Burgundy, the Chardonnay based wines from Pouilly and Fuisse are among the best known and best loved wines of the region. Although perhaps not as statuesque in grandeur (and not nearly as expensive) as their cousins in northern Burgundy, still, from the best producers they can deliver a special Burgundian Chardonnay experience. This example has a low-oak profile and a refreshing vein of minerality that make it especially suitable for the table. With superb precision and detail and a wonderful balance on the palate (a hallmark of the 2014 vintage) the resulting finish is mouthwatering and satisfying: the perfect pairing for my delicious yet subtle fish. The antithesis of an oak or butter bomb, this Chardonnay is welcome at my table anytime!