French wine vintages vary dramatically compared to those from most of our other preferred sources, but 2015 has proven to be a marvelous year of consistent ripeness in most regions. Almost always reliable, the white wines from Burgundy’s Pouilly-Fuissé in 2015 are stellar across the board, particularly if you find mellow, silky textures appealing. This may never be the go-to appellation if your preference is for a wine brimming with minerality or sharp acidity, but Pouilly-Fuissé‘s accessible charm and medium-tier pricing currently make it a particularly good option. These picks are round, satisfying and delicate enough to complement mild, subtly flavored seafood and chicken dishes.
This seventh-generation family producer offers wonderful quality throughout its range of white Burgundies, even among the négociant bottlings produced in larger quantities like this one. Velvety and soft, with an aroma of ripe apple, it features creamy richness along with hints of spice on the finish. Light enough to work with fluke crudo, this might convert die-hard Chardonnay bashers, as it doesn’t show even a hint of tropical or oaky notes.
$27, Federal Wine & Spirits, Boston
Long the gold standard for Pouilly, the Ferret estate has been producing wine for more than 150 years and was one of the region’s first properties to bottle its own production. Harvested from old vines grown on deep clay soils, the grapes at Ferret make a richly textured wine, with notes of vanilla, hazelnut and flint. Opulent and impeccably balanced, it has enough stuffing to stand up to lobster.
$48, Common Vines, Boston
One of Burgundy’s other venerable family-owned houses, Drouhin produces a Pouilly with intriguing garden aromas, and notes of crisp apple, spring flowers and peach. A touch less ripe and more assertively citric than most other Pouilly wines, this lighter-bodied bottle’s lively pear-like flavors are especially delicious with scallops or shrimp.
$35, Star Market, Boston
Sandy Block is a master of wine and the vice president of beverage operations for Legal Sea Foods.