Blanchet Pouilly Fumé “Cuvee Silice” 2019

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What is it? This is 100% sauvignon blanc from Francis Blanchet’s old-vine estate-owned vineyard near St. Andelain. This is the section of Pouilly Fumé with the highest proportion of Silex, or “Silice”, soil. From the “historic” 2018 vintage, this earned Wine Spectator’s highest rating of any Loire sauvignon blanc from the vintage. ABV is 13%.

What does it taste like? This un-oaked, indigenous yeast-fermented sauvignon has classic Pouilly Fumé fragrance of lilacs, citrus blossoms, quince, pears, limes, orange peel and flinty minerals. The long palate echoes the complex nose. The finish lingers beautifully, leaving you with an impression of citrus fruit wrapped around classic Pouilly Fumé flinty minerality.

Is it right for you? Fans of sauvignon blanc should consider this a "must-have" wine to order by the case. No Sancerre or Pouilly Fumé from the great 2019 vintage has earned a higher rating, and this special sauvignon promises to be a great companion with seafood or poultry until it’s 8-9 years old, maybe longer.

Is it ready to drink? This deeply flavored Pouilly Fumé is outstanding and fully ready to drink today. Enjoy it with any great seafood meal, or with a chicken and goat cheese salad. With good storage, it will continue to drink beautifully until 2027, maybe longer.