Pretender to the Sancerre throne? This is a gorgeous organic Sauvignon Blanc from Pouilly Fume. The nose shows an up front clean minerality with lime and lemon zests and a just there clay note. The palate is light with a sense of texture and flavors of clay, white stones, citrus flesh and lime zest. D&M Tasting Notes
This cuvée (called Regain in France) is a selection of Sauvignon Blanc vines planted on ancient Portlandian soils that lend a unique flintiness and minerality. The topsoils are limestone with small rocks. Only indigenous yeasts are used, and it ages sur lie for 6 months in stainless steel tanks. This has forward floral notes along with grapefruit and a subtle minerality binds everything together.
I encountered the Domaine du Bouchot, a tiny domaine also located in St. Andelain in the southern part of Pouilly Fumé close to the Loire River, and run by self-proclaimed organic activists. On one of our many annual trips to France, I took a detour in 2018 after everyone else had returned to California, and made it to Saint-Andelain just after the sun went down. The couple who run the domaine were kind enough to do a candlelit tasting of their wines and I was very impressed and resolved to bring them in.
Always thinking about the environment, they were the first domaine in the appellation to be certified organic and are still one of the only domaines in the appellation working organically. Since 2008, they have also worked biodynamically in their vineyards and winery. Soils are plowed; leaf plucking normally takes place in the summer to allow more maturity for their Sauvignon Blanc grapes. The harvest is by hand, the yeasts are indigenous and the wine is made with as little pumping as possible. Aged on its fine lees in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks, the wine is bottled in the spring after a very light filtration. Charles Neal, Importer
Domaine du Bouchot 2018 Pouilly-Fume
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- SKU #: 8862