Régis Minet Pouilly-Fumé Vieilles Vignes 2018

 One of the more obscure Sauvignon Blanc appellations in the Loire Valley, Pouilly-Fumé is about half the size of neighboring Sancerre just across the river but has nowhere near the market share in the US and might be practically invisible were it not for Didier Dagueneau's cult bottlings. As those wines make clear, this is special terroir. Though based on the same Kimmeridgian limestone as Sancerre, the presence of flint in the soil here lends these wines a subtle smoky quality that really sets them apart. Where Sancerre tends to show off a little more Sauvignon Blanc fruit, Pouilly-Fumé is all about minerality. 

Régis Minet took over a relatively tiny 3 hectare family domaine in the late 70's and has since built it up to about 10 hectares of old vines producing one of the best wines in the appellation. This is textbook Sauvignon Blanc, about as clear an expression of the grape as you'll ever taste. Bright green lime and gooseberry on the nose with a whiff of gunflint and chalky mineral and ripe green apple and citrus on the densely textured palate. As good an oyster wine as I've ever had but one of those wines that seems to go with everything. 



Type: France

Vendor: Eno Fine Wine


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