Pouilly Fumé

Pouilly fumé 2011

Pouilly fumé 2011

An unusual weather for a harmonious wine

Summer weather in spring, autumn weather in summer: an extraordinary set of weather patterns shaped the 2011 winegrowing season. In April and May the vines experienced unusually rapid growth which continued right up until flowering; then things settled down again, and normal growth and ripening patterns resumed. 2011 is bound to go down as one of the earliest vintages since the famous harvest of 1893. Despite the weather, the wines are just as we had hoped and expected: full and supple on the palate with the classic Pouilly Fumé freshness, well-defined flavours and the potential to broaden out and develop over the next few months and years.

In the Vineyard

Temperatures were mild towards the end of winter and bud-break came early, around the first week in April. A very warm, dry spring caused an almost unprecedented rate of growth; each new phase followed the last at a frenzied pace. Flowering itself was rapid, three weeks ahead of schedule and was over by the end of May.

And then everything changed. Temperatures fell, especially between July 14th and August 15th. It became more humid; and not a moment too soon for the grapes on which the frenetic pace was starting to take its toll. The vines recovered well, took up the moisture they needed and quickly got back to normal. The temperature rose again during the ripening stage.


Early development and healthy foliage were among the first indicators of a high quality vintage. Despite rapid development in most areas, the ripening phase was slow. The grapes began to show good levels of sugar (but not excessive, as in 2009) alongside relatively low acidity. Thanks to mild temperatures and an often overcast sky, freshness of flavour has not been compromised.

The Harvest

Harvesting began the 5th of september, and the weather was kind throughout the week.

2011 Vintage : tasting notes

Pouilly Fumé are soft and mellow with a lovely natural sweetness. They are beautifully rounded, and despite reduced acidity, freshness and balance are good. Flavours are already intense and elegant. White flowers and fruit are the dominant flavours (citrus, white-fleshed fruit and litchee) with vegetal and spicy notes.