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Pouilly-Fume AOC

Description to Pouilly-Fume AOC

Appellation (also Blanc-Fumé de Pouilly) for white wine on the upper course of the Loire southeast of Orléans in the Département Nièvre in central France. It should not be confused with the Pouilly-Fuissé appellation in the Burgundy region of Mâconnais. Monks of the Benedictine order established their vineyards here in the Middle Ages. The area covers more than 1,000 hectares of vineyards in the seven communes of Garchy, Mesves-sur-Loire, Pouilly-sur-Loire, Saint-Andelain, Saint-Laurent-l'Abbaye, Saint-Martin-sur-Nohain and Tracy-sur-Loire (with its associated part Boisgibault). Incidentally, a white wine from this area was one of the favourite wines of the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821). The name is derived from the town of Pouilly-sur-Loire, situated on the right bank of the Loire (which gave its name to its own appellation) and the attribute fumé (smoke). This refers to the typical taste of the wine due to the limestone and flint soil (fusil), or the colour of the berries, which are covered with a smoky grey layer during ripening.

The area is the stronghold of the Sauvignon Blanc grape variety, which finds optimal conditions here and therefore thrives particularly well. A white wine with an alcohol content of at least 11% by volume is produced from this variety. Some producers practice barrel fermentation and barrique ageing. The dry, fruity and long storable wine reaches its peak only after four to six years. It has a varied bouquet of flint, gooseberries and asparagus. Well-known producers are Domaine Henri Bourgeois, Cailbourdin, Jean-Claude Châtelain, Domaine Paul Corneau, Didier Dagueneau, Château de Favray, André et Edmond Figeat, Ladoucette, Domaine Landrat-Guyollot, Domaine Jacques Marchand, Domaine Masson-Blondelet, Domaine Dominique Pabiot, Michel Redde, Domaine Tinel-Blondelet and Château de Tracy Neighbouring appellations are Menetou-Salon, Quincy, Reuilly and Sancerre with wines very similar to Pouilly-Fumé.

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