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The Question

What's the difference between Pouilly-Fumé and Pouilly-Fuissé?

The Answer

It's the difference between sauvignon blanc and chardonnay.

They're both appellations of France. Pouilly-Fumé is located in the Loire Valley and is known for white wines based on sauvignon blanc, just like its neighbouring appellation of Sancerre (which also makes small quantities of rosé and red). Pouilly-Fuissé, on the other hand, lies in southern Burgundy, and the wines can only be made from chardonnay. It's easy to confuse the two, as with Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian (I never know which is which, not that it matters). While dining with a friend recently, a waiter asked if we'd like a bottle of a special Pouilly-Fuissé that the restaurant had just sourced. My friend, who knows a bit about wine, said he didn't feel like sauvignon blanc. Oops.

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