Monday, December 1, 2014

Pierre Marchand & Fils 2012 Pouilly-Fumé Les Loges

French Wine 001

This French white is from the Upper Loire Valley. It may seem a funny name for those not familiar with Pouilly-Fumé, but it translates into Sauvignon Blanc presented in an elegant style.

It is a dry, fruity wine, but for those familiar with Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, it is comparatively dialed-back. If NZ Sauvignon Blanc is a pirate waving a sword, Pouilly-Fumé is a French aristocrat in a frock coat with shiny buttons.

The clay and limestone soils of the old village of Les Loges result in wines with pronounced fruit flavors. This Pouilly-Fumé has the bouquet of green grass. On the palate it has lively minerality with flavors of lemon and white flowers. Upon sipping, Green Dragon (our resident Sauvignon Blanc expert) said, “It’s not a grapefruit bomb.” In her own way, she was delivering high praise.

I paid $19 online for this. If I had it to do again, I would have purchased at least two bottles. It’s food friendly, serene, elegant and refreshing.

Rating: 3.5 of 5  Value: 4.5 of 5

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