Pouilly Fume Predilection 2010

75cl Jonathan Didier Pabiot Sauvignon Blanc France > Loire Something Special
The cuvee “Predilection” comes from a parcel with Kimmeridgian marl soils with yields of less than 30hl/ha. The winemaking is in underground concrete tanks with 10 / 12 months lees ageing. Textured and gracious, it is pure and precise and revivifying as a cascade, virtually gleaming with freshness. The floral and exotic fruit aromas continue on the rich palate (lychee) but are held in check by flinty minerality and good acidity. Very persistent.

From vines that average 30 years of age on Kimmeridgian marl, Portlandian (chalk), and clay-silex/flint (yes, all three soil types) nearly 10,000 vines are planted per hectare (very dense) and the entire site is ploughed in the 19th century method (i.e. by hand or mule). Only natural yeast is used and the wine is grown, raised and vinified with biodynamic/organic methodology.

Jonathan hand ploughs the soil to encourage deep rooting, employs butage, and uses organic compost throughout the vineyard. He debuds in the springtime—a technique of removing certain buds to increase quality in the remaining ones—though he does not green harvest. Upon harvesting by hand, the vines yield an average of 30 hectoliters per hectare.

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