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Pouilly-Fumé

2020 Jonathan Didier Pabiot Pouilly Fumé Léon

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The Collective Review

You’ve already forgotten you’re drinking Sauvignon Blanc by the time the first sip goes down. It’s a fleshy and stony northern white, rippling with salty lemon and fennel oil notes. A pillowy texture is animated by bracing tension and citrus-like freshness that teases out the long finish.

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Predominantly from limestone soils but also silex, the 2020 Pouilly Fumé Léon offers a clear, deep, fresh and spicy, quite complex and iodine bouquet with great precision and mineral intensity. Aged in stainless steel, concrete and 20% oak barrels (228 and 500 liter), this is a rich and round, very elegant and aromatic Pouilly-Fumé with good mineral and fruity freshness and a long, intense and tensioned finish that reveals fine tannins and crisp grip. This is a substantial wine with excellent aging potential.” Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate Read more
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Stephan Reinhardt - Wine Advocate

Predominantly from limestone soils but also silex, the 2020 Pouilly Fumé Léon offers a clear, deep, fresh and spicy, quite complex and iodine bouquet with great precision and mineral intensity. Aged in stainless steel, concrete and 20% oak barrels (228 and 500 liter), this is a rich and round, very elegant and aromatic Pouilly-Fumé with good mineral and fruity freshness and a long, intense and tensioned finish that reveals fine tannins and crisp grip. This is a substantial wine with excellent aging potential.” Stephan Reinhardt, The Wine Advocate

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Tasting Notes

Already certified organic, in 2016, this Domaine became the first biodynamically certified producer in Pouilly-Fumé. Centred around the stony caillottes of Les Loges, the vineyards stretch across the entire appellation, with mature vines set across the villages of Villiers, Charenton, Tracy-sur-Loire and Saint-Laurent-l’Abbaye. The soils of Pouilly-Fumé vary considerably, and this geologic range also provides access to mature vines on both Kimmeridgian marl and silex, an allowance used to full advantage in a range of single terroir bottlings. Across the Domaine, the vine age averages 30 years. Even from the young vines, yields are low, dipping to 30 hectolitres per hectare for the core release and single-terroir bottlings. De-budding occurs in the springtime to increase the quality and concentration of the remaining buds. Soils are ploughed, and between the rows grasses are planted to compete with surface water and nutrients. The use of copper sulphate is kept to the barest minimum (200g of copper sulphate per hectare, just a tiny fraction of what is allowed under organic certification). With his oldest vines under attack from esca, Pabiot practices the labour-intensive curettage (a ‘surgical’ treatment used to extend the life of his most precious vines). Pabiot eschews added yeasts or enzymes in the cellar, and given the health of his raw material, uses only small sulphur additions. The grapes are carefully hand-sorted, followed by slow fermentations with indigenous years at low temperatures. Depending on the level, fermentation and aging are mainly in stainless steel and concrete, alongside a little neutral oak and ceramic amphorae. We currently offer five wines. The first wine off the ranks is a limestone-reared Chasselas bottled under the appellation Pouilly-sur-Loire. It’s tempting to describe Chasselas as the Aligoté of Pouilly-Fumé: a once widely planted grape that has fallen on hard times. Pabiot’s example shows us what we may have been missing. Established in 2018, Prelude is the Domaine’s younger vine label. It’s the only wine in the range one might easily identify as a varietal Sauvignon (just). That said, there is ample intensity and texture to set this example apart from the norm. Drawn from mature vines rooted in a palette of soil types, Florilège is the Domaine’s core Pouilly-Fumé. It’s a statement wine, resonating with a level of texture and length of flavour seldom seen in the region. With the Aubaine and Prédilection bottlings, we have a direct comparison of the Domaine’s two key soils: caillottes versus terres blanches. Outside of a famous estate in Saint-Andelain, these are two of the most exciting and unconventional wines of Pouilly-Fumé we have encountered: pure and limpid translations of the region’s great terroirs, vibrating with discreet energy and mineral nuance.

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