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Pouilly-Fumé AOC

White wine from Loire not to be confused with Pouilly-Fuissé. Situated on the right bank of the Loire river, the appellation owes its name to the grape variety that composes it: Sauvignon Blanc, also called "Blanc Fumé", which covers the entire area of the south-facing vineyard. Thus, the appellation allows only one grape variety: Sauvignon Blanc. Remarkably fruity, its this that earnt the reputation of the AOC, which only produces a very elegant and fragrant dry white wine. The excellence of Pouilly-Fumé varies according to the nature of the soil, whether it is limestone, Kimmeridgian marl or flint. There are thus several styles of Pouilly-Fumé, ranging from fruity to mineral wines. This very clear white wine, yellow with green reflections, is fleshy and tasty on the palate with an exquisite bouquet of pronounced aromas that improve over the years. Some are characterized by a strong minerality of "flint stone" aromas (flinty soils). Although dry, it still has a pleasant suppleness. To better discover it, savour the vintages of the Guy Saget, Jean-Claude Dagueneau, Château De Tracy or Château Favray estates. 

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In the Glass

 Pouilly-Fumé dry white wine

Dry Whites

An excellent white wine that improves with the years.

Colour: Very pale white with green highlights.

Nose: For each of the terroirs, citrus aromas (lemon, orange, grapefruit) linked to notes of ferns and fresh mint. Depending on the soil, they are combined with the following particularities:

  • Produced from (limestone soils), aromas of blackcurrant and boxwood.

  • From a marl terroir, fragrances of narcissus and tuberous notes.

  • From flint terroir, vegetal and flint stone notes.

Palate: Fleshy, tasty and full of nuances. It can be predominantly fruity or mineral depending on the terroir.

  • Produced from (limestone soils), the wine is elegant and fragrant. Chiseled and subtle flavours.

  • Coming from a marl terroir, the wine is full and firm and evolves more slowly.

  • Coming from flint terroir, the wine is structured with its characteristic flint stone flavours.

Drink after one and a half or two years and up to five years. Serving temperature: 12°C

Pouilly-Fumé at the table

Pouilly-Fumé dry white wine


Seafood (raw or cooked shellfish: scallops, oysters). Sea fish (smoked, grilled, steamed or in sauce). Green vegetables (asparagus). Poultry (Capon, chicken, in sauce or in terrines...). Goat's cheese (Crottin de Chavignol).

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Pouilly-Fumé facts

Pouilly-Fumé, a Loire AOC often confused with those of Burgundy.

The Pouilly-Fumé AOC is an appellation of the Loire Valley region belonging to the Nivernais vineyards. Its vines are planted around the village of Pouilly-sur-Loire on an area of 1250 hectares. Neighbouring the Sancerre and Coteaux-du-Giennois appellations, it should not be confused with the Pouilly-Fuissé, Pouilly-Loché and Pouilly-Vinzelles AOCs located in the south of the Burgundy wine region. Granted, all the wines of these appellations have in common that they are white wines, but between the Loire and Burgundy, they are two distinct vineyards and above all the grape varieties are different!

Why "fumé"?

The "Fumé" of Pouilly-Fumé refers to the grey bloom that covers the grapes of the appellation when they reach maturity. This is one of the reasons why the winegrowers of the appellation use the term "blanc-fumé" to characterize their wines.

Wines of the Loire, the pure expression of Sauvignon

As we know, Sauvignon produces top class wines in the Centre-Loire. Pouilly-Fumé, Sancerre, Menetou Salon, Quincy, Reuilly, in a semi-continental climate, these communes are the stronghold of this grape variety. Thus, in France alone, it gives birth to these famous "Sauvignon wines" and gives these Loire wines an undeniable kinship around an original commune: a formidable aromatic richness and a nuanced expression of the terroir. The vast majority of Pouilly-Fumé wines are drunk young, before they are 18 months old. However, some good vintages can be aged for a few years without deteriorating.

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