Blanchet Pouilly Fumé “Vieilles Vignes” 2019


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From plots totaling one hectare of vines as old as 58 years of age, Blanchet gently presses the fruit and gravity-fills stainless steel vats for fermentation and lees-aging of at least five months. This serious old-vine sauvignon blanc is delicious now and can be kept until 2026. It’s world-class white wine at a terrific price.

This un-oaked Pouilly-Fumé has drop dead gorgeous aromatics of perfectly ripe quince, lychee, with a hint of white peach and wet stone. The palate is viscous and full, adding Seckel pear, Honey Crisp apple, toasted almond, with a touch of clove and a long, satisfying finish. I can’t recall a better value on Loire Sauvignon Blanc of this quality. Perhaps it is the chill in the air, but this to me seems like a perfect wine for Fall. Pair with a Julia Child’s perfectly roasted chicken, pear chutney, roasted fingerling potatoes and a touch of sage and you’re in blissful territory!