Pouilly Fumé

The wines

The wines

At the moment, if you come and visit us, we will be delighted to make you discover our Pouilly Fumé "Domaine de Bel Air" 2016, our Pouilly Fumé "Cuvée des Acoins" 2015, our Pouilly Fumé "Cuvée Riquette" 2017 and our Pouilly sur Loire 2016.

Ideal temperature for tasting Pouilly Fume is 10 to 12°C.

Pouilly Fumé

Pouilly Fumé : a funny name for a wine !

Why this so unusual name: fumé ? The term "fumé" or "smoked" has two implications : one linked to the grape and the other to the land.

The Pouilly Fumé grape is derived from the sauvignon blanc, with egg-shaped berries in tight clusters resembling tit’s eggs. When mature, these berries are covered in a smoke-coloured, grey bloom, which explains why we, Pouilly wine growers, talk amongst ourselves about Blanc Fumé (smoked white) to describe the sauvignon grape or wines produced from it.

The word “fumé” also refers to the incomparable, universally-recognized aromas and bouquet (or fumet – smokey aroma – the famous gun flint aroma, released by rubbing two flints together), which comes from the outstanding land of Pouilly sur Loire vineyards.

It is here, in Pouilly sur Loire, that the Sauvignon grape develops unrivalled complexity and aromatic palate. Dry, fruity, white, Pouilly Fumé is full-bodied and reflects the inimitable taste of the Pouilly land in its bottle thanks to its "flinty" aromas.
The fine Pouilly wines are thanks to the constant labours of many generations of wine producers.

Our Cuvées of Pouilly Fumé

Domaine de Bel Air
Our classic " cuvée ", harmony of our different soils, in symbiosis, with finesse and aromatic intensity well balanced with full and fruity mouth and a very persistent and lively finish.
The freshness and fruiteness will make it a perfect match for your shellfish, fish, goat-cheese, sea food and it is perfect as an aperitif...

Cuvée des Acoins
Our " cuvée " from our soil of kimmeridgian marls (limestone-clay). You need to be patient to taste its complexity which develops after a long maturation on lees. But it is more than worth it in order to appreciate its well-balanced fullness and its fruity and "flinty" aromas...
This richness on the palate allows it to go equally well with white meat dishes or even "foie gras".

Cuvée Riquette
Cuvée of caillottes soil (clay-limestone or calcareous de Villiers), it is early and explosive! Of great aromatic intensity, it reveals early notes of citrus and fresh fruit in a harmony of freshness and richness.

Pouilly Fumé 2015 : rich and elegant

Winter 2014-2015 was one of the least cold for 100 years. After a mild start followed by a somewhat cooler February (but still no frosts), winter came to an end in March. Temperatures were well within seasonal norms. 

Until the end of February winter rainfall was higher than average, helping to build up a good reserve of water in the soils and subsoils ready for spring. 

The growth cycle kicked in slightly late, but mild temperatures from April 8th onwards quickly made up for any delay. Warm weather coupled with good water availability encouraged bud break, which progressed evenly and without any major problems. Sunshine was the order of the day In fact it was more like an early summer, with only small amounts of infrequent rainfall. 
Flowering started in the first half of June. Conditions were good, with temperatures slightly higher than average and little rainfall. The first week of July brought scorching temperatures.
Veraison started at the beginning of August, but the extremely dry conditions slowed progress down considerably; however, a rainy episode in mid-August changed everything, and veraison finished very quickly. 
The dry weather acted as a natural suppressant for pests and diseases. Powdery mildew was closely monitored and kept under control.

Ripening conditions were very good. Given the summer weather, we were expecting smallish berries with low acidity – it was to be part and parcel of the year’s experiences.
However, a final period of rainfall at the end of August was of great benefit to the vines, which still needed a little more water. The berries started to grow at last, and the rain had little effect on the speed of ripening. Sugar content rose rapidly and any reduction in acidity levels was contained. Technological and phenolic ripeness was quickly reached, and the fruit remained in excellent health. Harvest dates could be decided by tasting alone, and all the different components came together in a well-balanced, harmonious way.

 Harvest

We began on the 9th of september : very good conditions for a week of harvest.

Tasting notes about Pouilly Fumé 2015

Pouilly Fumé 2015  is rich and elegant. It's warm and dense, offset by a refreshing tang of acidity.

They express a good balance thanks to a nice freshness. The aromas are intense and complex. They are dominated by white fruits (peach, pear), tropical fruits( mango), with touches of citrus and fine minerality.

The mouth is long, fruity and dense. 

 

Pouilly Fumé 2014 : vintage with personality

The unusual shift between the seasons has created a 2014 vintage with great potential. The unexpected warm weather in autumn produced exceptional wines with finesse and power.

A year in the vineyard

2014 was characterised by a long growing season. The mild end to the winter and a dry March warmed the soils and accelerated growth. Bud break began in the first days of April. Except for the period from June 6th-13th, and the second half of July, the year was relatively cold until the end of August. Therefore, the vine was delayed throughout the whole season, despite bud break being 10 days early; there was a 3 day delay for flowering and a 4 day delay for veraison. September, however, was excellent for the vintage with moderate heat during the day, cool nights and very little rain.

Maturation

The excellent weather conditions in autumn allowed for slow maturation where each element fell into place in harmony. The warmth increased sugar, while cool nights preserved the fruit and halted the decline in acidity which was high enough at the beginning of the year. Pouilly Fumé 2014 stands out as a remarkable year as levels of sugar and acidity are high but still perfectly balanced. Healthy, thick skins maintained berry colour and aromas. We benefitted from the late autumnal heat and good weather, waiting until optimal maturity had been reached before harvesting. The harvest began on 29th September with very good conditions.

Tasting notes Pouilly Fumé 2014

The wines reveal consistency and density. High acidities are subtle on the palate as they are balanced by the grapes’ natural richness. Pouilly Fumé 2014 reveal promising aromas. The finesse and complexity shows fruits (pear, peach, exotic fruits), hints of herbaceous aromas and delicate mineral notes.

Wines exhibit a fine tension counterbalanced by a rich mouthful of fullness and richness. With a long finish, Pouilly Fumé 2014 have real potential. 

POUILLY FUME 2013

Tasting:

Pouilly Fumé 2013  presents a remarkable crispness and concentration. The aromatic expression is intense. Well balanced, they are delicate with aromas of white flowers and fresh citrus. They are enhanced by subtle and mineral notes. Pouilly Fumé 2013 are a great harmony of freshness and typicity. 

It is a perfect match for your salmon, scallops or simply as an aperitif...

2013 was cold, and full of delays. Temperatures well below the seasonal norm put a stop to growth until April 10th. Budbreak came around 10 days late; the cold, wet spring weather caused further delays in the cycle, and the vines eventually flowered a good two weeks later than usual. Then came a long period of drought – from 20th June until mid-September – along with some extremely high temperatures in July. The vines were able to draw on accumulated reserves of water in the soil and suffered little hydric stress. 

A few spells of rain in the second half of September helped to speed up the accumulation of sugars, while cool temperatures ensured a gradual decline in total acid content. Mild weather at the end of September re-booted the ripening process, concentrating sugars, lowering acidity and defining flavours. We began the harvest on the first days of October with good conditions.

See also, all our cuvées Pouilly Fumé :

> Pouilly Fumé 2012 : complex and elegant wines 
> Pouilly Fumé 2011 : an unusual weather for a harmonious wine 
> Pouilly Fumé 2010 : a great classic 
> Pouilly Fumé 2009 : a rich and generous vintage 
> Pouilly Fumé 2008 : rich and fruity 
> Pouilly Fumé 2007 : a good example of typicity

Pouilly sur Loire

A little lighter than Pouilly Fumé, we like it very much : it is simple and charming, produced from the Chasselas grape. It is frank and refreshing. Lighter than Pouilly Fumé, Pouilly sur Loire is ideal for simple occasions. It is a good-humoured wine for light lunches between friends...
Soft and light, it evokes the aromas of the crisp chasselas grape. It will illuminate your starters, your oysters our your mussels.

Méthode traditionnelle

Our "méthode traditionnelle" is made with our Pouilly sur Loire.
It is a sparkling wine which will be perfect with your desserts to finish your meal in style.