Pouilly What?

I often (very often, actually) hear beer drinkers say they aren't into wine. When I inquire why, I typically hear the same responses. Besides the knee-jerk "wine people are snobs" retort,  another captures my interest, regarding the the density of knowledge needed and the confusion garnered by the colossal variation of names, regions, and grapes. Just as I have championed and celebrated the artistry and complexity of Craft beer, it is my mission to simplify the world of wine, making it accessible and equally delicious to all of you beer disciples and newbie wine lovers! For those of you already versed, just enjoy the review. :)

Let's get started!

Jean Claude Dagueneau Domaine des Berthiers Pouilly Fume 2009: (Now that's a mouthful to say, I realize.) But what it comes down to is, "What is Pouilly Fume?" Quite simply, Sauvignon Blanc. Most wine drinkers experience with the white grape are those from New Zealand, with the pungency of grapefruit, citrus, grass, & yes, what is referred to as cat pee. (Stay with me.)

Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley of France, however, is a different wine entirely! While I am often troubled by the homogeneity of NZ Sauv Blancs, those from the Loire capture my attention, and I think, represent the greatest expression of the grape.

Wonderful aromas of lemon peel, persimmon, and fresh herbs, mingled with a distinct minerality of wet rock and chalk, and I kid you not, cold air. On the palate, well-balanced & smooth, yet crisp with minerality without overbearing citrus tartness. Just lovely.

I blind-tasted my mother on this wine (she a huge NZ Sauvignon Blanc fan) to see her reaction. She absolutely loved it, and even remarked, "It's like a completely different grape!"  So if you've convinced yourself you are "sooo over" Sauvignon Blanc, or you are a dedicated fan whose never tried a French version, get out there and experiment. I promise you will be a happy wine drinker.


Posted on November 18, 2012 and filed under France, Loire Valley, Sauvignon Blanc.