I find fairly frequently that I prefer simple basic wines to more ambitious versions from the same or neighbouring appellations. It is all the more striking here in that the Mâcon-Villages comes from a fairly large négociant selling through supermarkets and the Pouilly-Fuissé comes from the négociant arm of Domaine Cordier, a higher respected grower, famous for luxuriously raised cuvées which I have usually found well integrated in the past.
Mâcon-Villages 2010 “Chardonnay” – Les Vins du Moulin, Auvigue – Alc.13% - (c.€5) was a model entry level Mâconnais white with medium body, fresh white fruit with a slightly creamy touch, nicely grainy minerals and lively acidity; 15.5/20++ QPR!!
Pouilly-Fuissé Terroir de Fuissé 2010 – Sélection Christophe Cordier – Alc.13.5% - (c.€17) was more ambitious than the previous and probably made with finer components but I liked it less. There was fuller body, suave creamy veering to buttery white fruit, decent acidity and minerals and somewhat intrusive wood induced notes of vanilla and caramel towards the finish with all these elements seeming to be in separate strands and rather disjointed. More age may integrate it better but I wouldn't bet on it; 14.5/20 for now.