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Cailbourdin Pouilly Fume Cuvee De Boisfleury 2018 (1x75cl)

The estate was founded in 1980 by Alain Caïlbourdin and today it has of 20 hectares (approximately 40 acres) of vines planted in some of the best Pouilly-Fumé slopes. About half of the vines are "vieilles vignes" or old vines; the other half are vines planted after 1980. Grapes grown on the different slopes are vinified separately, thus permitting the production of four different cuvees, each of which represents a distinctive terroir and aromatic expression. Their constant quest for quality is evident throughout the entire winemaking process, from the vineyard to the cellar.

A wine can only be great if it has the mineral support of a quality terroir. The art of the winemaking profession consists of giving the grapes all the possible chances to reveal their qualities. 

After the grapes have been picked, they undergo immediate pressing with a pneumatic press, with no pre-fermentation maceration. There is static racking of the must. Fermentation using indigenous yeasts to highlight the qualities of our terroir is done at controlled temperatures. There is no malolactic fermentation in order to preserve this wine's freshness. It then spends a long time maturing in tanks on its fine lees. It is bottled the year following the harvest.

The special terroir of this plateau (a mixture of silica sand and limestone), brings a vivacity to the Cuvée de Boisfleury and a freshness that is fantastic in this wine when young.  Its aromas are very expressive and are essentially fruity with citrus (grapefruit), passion fruit, and floral (rose petals and white flowers). This young vineyard bestows Cuvée de Boisfleury with a light structure that marries easily with many meals: fish and seafood of course, but it is equally delicious with white meats and certain cured meats and also makes a delightful aperitif. Cuvée de Boisfleury is an easy to drink Pouilly-Fumé, fruity, elegant and beautifully delicate.

£19.70

Cailbourdin Pouilly Fume Triptique 2015 (1x 75cl)

Light, elegant soft fruit nose. Fine citrus and herbaceous notes. Pure acidity holds the wine together very well and the finish is precise and long. An incredible clean, fresh and impressively well balanced Pouilly Fume.

£29.35

Chateau Pierre-Bise Savennieres Clos De La Coulaine Claude Papin 2016 (1x75cl)

** THIS WINE IS BOUGHT IN TO ORDER AND UK STOCKS OF THIS WINE ARE VERY LOW. WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND CALLING US BEFORE ORDERING TO CHECK AVAILABILITY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT. **

Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter in their June 2019 expert review tasting of Savennières (see blue link below).

Chateau Pierre-Bise Savennieres Clos De La Coulaine Claude Papin 2016 - June 2019 Decanter review

Claude Papin, winemaker and owner of Chateau Pierre-Bise, is a leading light in the Loire and a thoroughly engaging conversationalist to boot. Andrew Jefford calls him a ‘poet of Chenin Blanc,’ and Jancis Robinson MW refers to him as ‘one of the most talented wine growers in this part of the world, a true vine technician.’ His approach to Chenin Blanc can be summed up in his own words: "The Chenin is made by botrytization. If there isn’t any, it always makes hard wine. Even my dry wines are made with about 50% botrytization. This translates in the wine as honeyed notes."

The presence of some botrytis in a dry wine and the slightly oxidative winemaking style produces complex wines that often require time, food and thought. They are well worth the effort though, as any true fan of Loire wine will tell you.

This wine is 100% Chenin Blanc.

Here are Joanna Simons' thoughts on this wine which was listed on her website as 'Wine of the Week' in April 2019.

"Savennières from a favoured vintage and good producer is an absolute treasure – dry and mineral, yet honeyed, especially after a couple of years' age, and always carried by pivotal acidity. The appellation is just west of Angers on schist hills on the north bank of the Loire and 2016 was a year in which frost wreaked havoc, but for the vineyards that were spared it closed on a high with a sunny, warm late summer. The result is intensity of flavour, silky texture, laser-precise acidity (although lower than in some vintages) and signature Loire Chenin Blanc notes of apricot, sweet apple, hay and minerals. It's a riveting aperitif, but the combination of rich fruit and good acidity makes it a match for creamy fish dishes such as fish pie, shellfish such as scallops with, say, lardons or a purée of sweetcorn or petit pois, roast pork belly, including with apple, and with Beaufort, Comté and similar firm, mountain cheeses. It could also handle some trickier dishes."

£19.65

Domaine Bonnard Pouilly Fume 2018 (1x75cl)

We are delighted to have secured a parcel of this gem of a Pouilly-Fumé.

Domaine Bonnard is a small family vineyard founded over 50 years ago in the heart of Pouilly-sur-Loire. The family’s hands-on approach on (and to) the estate - from the care and attention given to the vines through to bottling - result in fantastic examples of classsic wines from the region. Produced in small quantities and made with care by the estate owners each vintage. 

A fresh, dry, elegant wine with classic Loire / Old World Sauvignon Blanc characteristics of citrus and gooseberry flavours, with a classic grassy / nettly nose, where one even finds a little liquorice. The classic flintiness / gunsmoke of Pouilly-Fumé can also be found on the palate.

ABV = 13.0%.

£18.45

Domaine Bonnard Sancerre 2018 (1x75cl)

Domaine Bonnard is a family vineyard of 12 hectares located in the heart of Sancerre. The estate has been producing wine for over half a century and offers both Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé. The founders of the estate, Bernard and Pierrette Bonnard, still work on the estate with their two daughters, Martine who takes responsibility for viticulture and Claire who is their winemaker.

Domaine Bonnard’s wines are lively and long on the finish. Their  aromas are reminiscent of a forest or woodland with citrus notes on the palate that give the wine an overall harmony. The wine is pale gold in colour. To serve these wines at their best, over chilling them should be avoided. This wine is in the style of a classic Sancerre with enticing grassy notes, zesty citrus fruit and lively acidity.

Domaine Bonnard Sancerre is the perfect match for fish, seafood, white meats and cheeses, even strong ones.

£18.10

Domaine Des Ballandors Quincy 2018 (1x75cl)

Quincy was the first French white wine appellation to be given AOC status in 1936. Latterly, however, it is nearby Sancerre that has grabbed the limelight. Jean Tatin, described by Decanter in 2009 as a 'pioneer' of the region, has helped put Quincy back on the map with his crystalline and classic Sauvignon Blanc. Jean and his wife Chantal have 20 hectares in Quincy, planted mainly on the freshwater Kimmeridgian limestone that gives the pure, mineral character to the Ballandors Sauvignon Blanc.

This wine is bright pale yellow in colour with lively citrus and herbs on the nose and a touch of exotic stone fruit. The palate is refreshing, with fine acidity supporting excellent lemon intensity. The finish is long and lingering with gentle mineral notes alongside the round fruit flavours.

To see an informative information sheet / fiche technique for this wine from the winemakers, please click on the blue link below.

Domaine de Ballandors Quincy 2017 - fiche technique

£16.00

Domaine des Brosses Sancerre 2018 (1x75cl)

Domaine des Brosses was established in 1875 and lies 10 kilometres south of the town of Sancerre. The Girard family modernised the winery and vineyards when they bought the estate in 1973. Nicolas Girard has now taken over his father's 11 hectare estate and together with his brother Anthony, is making wines that are fresh, modern and aromatic. Both the brothers have travelled extensively throughout the wine world and have used the knowledge and experience acquired to underpin the style of their classic Sancerre.

The Girard family have six different parcels of Sancerre vineyards. Their hillside vineyards are located on classic clay and chalk soils, giving the grippy, mineral style expected of true Sancerre. Domaine des Brosses has used a machine harvester to collect the grapes since 1989. This is so that the Sauvignon Blanc is brought to the winery in the coolness of night-time, thus retaining the classic citrus and gooseberry aromas and flavours of Sancerre.

Fermentation took place in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks to avoid oxidation. No oak was used, but the wine remained on its fine lees for several months to add weight to the palate and round the finish.

100% Savignon Blanc.

This Sancere is bright and pale golden in colour. It has a citrus nose with herbaceous notes of hay and nettle. Richly textured but with crisp acidity on the palate and textbook minerality. The finish is elegant with the typical purity and refreshment of excellent Sancerre.

£19.00

Domaine des Cassiers Pouilly Fume Cuvee Prestige, Famille Fouassier 2017 (1x 75cl)

Established in 1749 in the heart of Sancerre, Domaine Fouassier is one of the oldest wine growing families in the Loire Valley with a history that spans several generations. For centuries they have dedicated themselves to preserving and capturing the terroir and the noble Sauvignon grape varietal through an extensive range of appellation wines. The 21st century began with the arrival of Fouassier’s 10th generation, Benoit and Paul.  In continuing to honour the terroir as their ancestors did, the brothers took things one step further, converting to organic and biodynamic farming and winemaking. In 2011, they were certified by ECOCERT and BIODYVIN, both of whom recognized Domaine Fouassier as 100% compliant with all international organic and biodynamic guidelines.

Today, the estate is comprised of nearly 56 hectares, 80% of which are planted with Sauvignon Blanc and 20% with Pinot Noir, making Fouassier the largest landholders in the Sancerre appellation. The vines range in age from 10-50 years. Planted across varying elevations spanning 150 to 300 meters above sea level, they primarily enjoy south-eastern exposures. Extremely complex soils vary from vineyard to vineyard, some with a high concentration of limestone and deep layers of  calcareous clay or Kimmeridgian marl, and some flinty with stones and layers of compacted chalk that contribute to the famous minerality found in the white wines from the region.

Aggressive pruning is carried out multiples times throughout the year to help keep yields low and ensure that only the finest fruit remains on the vine. The grapes are mechanically harvested at their peak between mid September and early October, depending on the vineyard, allowing them to work quickly and capture the fruit at its peak.

State-of-the-art machinery is utilized throughout the winemaking process, but tradition is not forgotten. Upon reception at the winery, the grapes are gently pressed using a pneumatic press. The free-run juice is transferred to stainless steel tanks by use of gravity to undergo fermentation using only ambient and natural yeasts from the vineyard. The white wines are briefly aged on fine lees to add complexity. In keeping with tradition, all work done in the cellar is based on the lunar calendar.

Domaine Fouassier’s portfolio consists of 20 different wines, many of which are single-vineyard offerings, and are mainly specialists in Sancerre. This, from directly across the Loire, is one of their rare Pouilly-Fumés. The vines are grown on Pouilly-Fumé's plateau and hillsides (rather than in the village's lower areas). The Domaine des Cassiers is made with vines aged from 20 to 40 years old. The vines are pruned as single Guyot. The free-run juice yield average is around 50hl/ha. To protect grape quality to the utmost -ie for speed and minimal handling - the harvest is de-stemmed and sent to the pneumatic press via conveyor belts.

100% Sauvignon Blanc.

Bright in the glass with golden hints. The nose is fine and mineral with a noticeable, classic Pouilly-Fume gunflint palate with pronounced citrus fruits. The wine finishes fine and lively and is surprisingly full(er)-bodied for a classic Loire Sauvignon Blanc.

£19.75

Domaine Des Corbillieres Sauvignon De Touraine 2018 (1x75cl)

Founded in 1905, Domaine de Corbillières has been in the Barbou family for four generations and is now run by Dominique and Véronique Barbou, who have 16 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc and local red varieties. In the words of Robert Parker, they have a 'long-run track record for generating some of the consistently finest - not to mention best-value - Sauvignon Blancs on the planet'.

Planted on gentle sandy and clay slopes in Oisly, the vineyard benefits from good exposure and drainage and is steadily gaining a reputation for the finesse of its wines. Dominique keeps yields low and practises de-budding to ensure ripeness and good ventilation by leaf plucking.

The Sauvignon Blanc grapes were machine-harvested and gently pressed using pneumatic presses. Temperature-controlled fermentation took place at 18-20°C in stainless-steel tanks. The wine then remained on the lees until bottling.

This wine is 100% Sauvignon Blanc.

Light lemon-yellow with a fresh, lively perfume of citrus and green apple with hints of sherbet on the nose. On the palate, it has great balance with plenty of fresh fruit providing good weight and a zesty acidity giving it a lift. A lively mineral note gives the finish complexity.

£12.00

Domaine Franck Millet Sancerre 2018 (1x 75cl)

Franck and Betty Millet own a growing 20-hectare domaine, found in the village of Bué.The estate also benefits from the “savoir-faire” of three generations of winemakers. Their goal is to achieve the best balance and greatest typicity for each and every vintage. Grapes and musts are are rigorously selected for optimal quality. Awards and medals won in wine competitions as well as excellent reviews in the press are testament to the consistent quality of their wines.  This is serious Sancerre, from one of the region’s most talented young winemakers.

This wine is 100% Sauvignon Blanc.

To see an excellent information sheet and tasting note that has been produced by the team at Domaine Franck Millet, please click on the blue link below.

Domaine Franck Millet Sancerre - fiche technique

£16.95

Domaine Henri Bourgeois Pouilly Fume En Travertin 2018 (1x75cl)

Domaine Henri Bourgeois, now in its 11th generation of the Bourgeois family, covers 72 hectares in the Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé appellations. Started by Henri Bourgeois over 50 years ago, the vineyards lie on some of the most rugged hillside terrains, offering the best exposures in the Loire Valley. Though the family is forever striving to perfect their craft, they remain committed to Henri’s original viticultural vision of showcasing the purity of the Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir grapes and the unique beauty of the Loire Valley. They have several dozen small plots of land (the family are pioneers in plot-based winemaking in the Sancerre region) including some of the very best soils for Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir in the region, being:

- clay-limestone, which gives rise to fresh, fruity vintages;

- Kimmeridgian marls, the memories of fossilised shells from the Jurassic era that give intense flavours of exotic fruits and a superb structure;

- flint, which initiates elegant wines with smoky, roasted notes and minerality of great finesse.

Vines are cultivated with complete respect for the environment. The grapes of each plot are tasted so that each one is harvested at optimum maturity. Grapes of which the flavours are then expressed with complete respect for the fruit.

See blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the team at Bourgeois.

Domaine Henri Bourgeois Pouilly-Fume En Travertin - fiche technique

100% Sauvignon Blanc.

The aromatic, floral and smoked nature of the Sauvignon grape variety is the most dominant aspect of this charming Pouilly-Fumé. It displays its elegance, fruitiness and roundness and is very persistent in the mouth.

£20.60

Domaine Henri Bourgeois Pouilly Fume La Demoiselle (de Bourgeois) 2016 (x75cl)

Domaine Henri Bourgeois, now in its 11th generation of the Bourgeois family, covers 72 hectares in the Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé appellations. Started by Henri Bourgeois over 50 years ago, the vineyards lie on some of the most rugged hillside terrains, offering the best exposures in the Loire Valley. Though the family is forever striving to perfect their craft, they remain committed to Henri’s original viticultural vision of showcasing the purity of the Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir grapes and the unique beauty of the Loire Valley. They have several dozen small plots of land (the family are pioneers in plot-based winemaking in the Sancerre region) including some of the very best soils for Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir in the region, being:

- clay-limestone, which gives rise to fresh, fruity vintages;

- Kimmeridgian marls, the memories of fossilised shells from the Jurassic era that give intense flavours of exotic fruits and a superb structure;

- flint, which initiates elegant wines with smoky, roasted notes and minerality of great finesse.

Vines are cultivated with complete respect for the environment. The grapes of each plot are tasted so that each one is harvested at optimum maturity. Grapes of which the flavours are then expressed with complete respect for the fruit.

Made from a strict selection of the best Sauvignon grapes, La Demoiselle is harvested on the Kimmeridgian marls of Saint-Laurent l'Abbaye, where the first vines of this AOC were planted. Via style and fine presence, this wine is a model of pure and delicate expression of the Sauvignon Blanc.

See blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the team at Bourgeois.

Domaine Henri Bourgeois Pouilly Fume La Demoiselle

100% Sauvignon Blanc.

As with a Burgundian Grand Cru, the terroir of Pouilly gives a richness and a complex aromatic palate to this wine. The lively acidity and the mineral notes (chalky and flinty) are balanced by delicious flavours of citrus, pear, quince and green plum fruits but also white flowers and white peppers. It shows a very nice persistence on the finish. With its structure La Demoiselle may age in bottle for 8 to 10 years.

£29.35

Domaine Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Blanc Cuvee Jadis 2015 (1x75cl)

Domaine Henri Bourgeois, now in its 11th generation of the Bourgeois family, covers 72 hectares in the Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé appellations. Started by Henri Bourgeois over 50 years ago, the vineyards lie on some of the most rugged hillside terrains, offering the best exposures in the Loire Valley. Though the family is forever striving to perfect their craft, they remain committed to Henri’s original viticultural vision of showcasing the purity of the Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir grapes and the unique beauty of the Loire Valley. They have several dozen small plots of land (the family are pioneers in plot-based winemaking in the Sancerre region) including some of the very best soils for Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir in the region, being:

- clay-limestone, which gives rise to fresh, fruity vintages;

- Kimmeridgian marls, the memories of fossilised shells from the Jurassic era that give intense flavours of exotic fruits and a superb structure;

- flint, which initiates elegant wines with smoky, roasted notes and minerality of great finesse.

Vines are cultivated with complete respect for the environment. The grapes of each plot are tasted so that each one is harvested at optimum maturity. Grapes of which the flavours are then expressed with complete respect for the fruit.

Made from a strict selection of the best Sauvignon grapes, La Demoiselle is harvested on the Kimmeridgian marls of Saint-Laurent l'Abbaye, where the first vines of this AOC were planted. Via style and fine presence, this wine is a model of pure and delicate expression of the Sauvignon Blanc.

This is a wine of great charisma; very aromatic and concentrated. Complex and well-balanced, Sancerre Jadis reveals aromas of exotic fruits and honey.

See blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the team at Bourgeois.

Domaine Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Blanc Cuvee Jadis

100% Sauvignon Blanc.

Its green-gold color has some bright and luminous reflects. Its nose is expressive and complex. It evolve all along the tasting. It opens beautifully on exotic fruits, green mango, citrus, honey and a hint of menthol. The mouth is powerful, round and harmonious. One can taste fresh grappe but also a refreshing and sharp minerality. It is a particularly long-lasting wine.

£36.90

Domaine Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Blanc La Vigne Blanche 2018 (1x75cl)

Domaine Henri Bourgeois, now in its 11th generation of the Bourgeois family, covers 72 hectares in the Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé appellations. Started by Henri Bourgeois over 50 years ago, the vineyards lie on some of the most rugged hillside terrains, offering the best exposures in the Loire Valley. Though the family is forever striving to perfect their craft, they remain committed to Henri’s original viticultural vision of showcasing the purity of the Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir grapes and the unique beauty of the Loire Valley. They have several dozen small plots of land (the family are pioneers in plot-based winemaking in the Sancerre region) including some of the very best soils for Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir in the region, being:

- clay-limestone, which gives rise to fresh, fruity vintages;

- Kimmeridgian marls, the memories of fossilised shells from the Jurassic era that give intense flavours of exotic fruits and a superb structure;

- flint, which initiates elegant wines with smoky, roasted notes and minerality of great finesse.

Vines are cultivated with complete respect for the environment. The grapes of each plot are tasted so that each one is harvested at optimum maturity. Grapes of which the flavours are then expressed with complete respect for the fruit.

La Vigne Blanche comes from vines grown on slopes separating the village of Chavignol from Sancerre, the terroir being an amalgam of clay and limestone chalk. The La Vigne Blanche is also barrel matured (older/used oak) for 5 months, rounding the palate and adding to its complexity.

See blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the team at Bourgeois.

Domaine Henri Bourgeois Sancerre Blanc La Vigne Blanche - fiche technique

100% Sauvignon Blanc.

Oak aged in barrel for five months on the fine lees, La Vigne Blanche carries marked herbaceous notes of elderflower and ivy as well as a strong hint of kiwi fruit.

£20.35

Domaine Jean-Pierre Bailly Pouilly-Fume 2018 (1x75cl)

Domaine Jean-Pierre Bailly lies in the heart of the Pouilly-Fumé appellation. A family of winemakers, the business is now in its sixth generation, with Patrice Bailly taking over from his father in 2000.

Domaine Jean-Pierre Bailly owns 17 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc vines, which are situated on the hills among the best vineyards in Pouilly-Fumé. The vines are between 15 years old, planted in the communes of Tracey-sur-Loire, Saint-Andelain and Pouilly-sur-Loire. They are planted at an average density of 6,600 vines per hectare on calcareous Kimmeridgian marl and limestone soils, which are typical of the appellation.

Mechanical harvest took place prior to destemming. The wine was vinified traditionally, using direct pressing followed by fermentation and ageing on fine lees for 3-4 months in stainless steel temperature-controlled tanks.

The nose is very expressive, intense and complex. It has delicate aromas of peach, citrus and white flowers that are complemented by an elegant stony minerality. The palate is harmonious, with mineral freshness balancing the intense fruit. It has a very long and deliciously citrus finish.

£17.90
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