At 5 years of age, this Serge Dagueneau Pouilly Fume 2016 is changing from the bright, tangy youthful Sauvignon Blanc to the savoury, silky mature SB flavours. There is the waxy, melons, and citrus with some earthy, nutty, honeyed notes too. The palate has limey acid and a beautiful round mouthfeel.
Drink Dagueneau Pouilly Fume from now until 2026. Pair it with some seared scallops.
Serge Dagueneau Pouilly 2016, and all wine is eligible for at least 5% off any six bottles. And 10% off any 12 bottles. Some wines will be at a more significant discount and not subject to further discounts.
Serge Dagueneau has passed on the estate to his daughter Valerie but is still active in the making of the wines. They have 22 hectares in Pouilly Fume and Cotes de la Charite. The Dageneua estate has old vines in beautiful sites across the appellation. Their vineyards are certified HEV3, and they are trialling biodynamic.
Serge Dagueneau Pouilly Fume 2016 Winery Notes
View from the Cellar October 2018
“The 2016 Pouilly-Fumé “les Pentes” from the Dagueneau family is really a classic and very stylish example of the appellation, wafting from the glass in a bright aromatic constellation of lime, green apple, flinty minerality, fresh-cut grass, orange peel and spring flowers. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with fine focus and grip, vibrant acids and excellent length and grip on the very well-balanced finish. Very classy Pouilly-Fumé. 2018-2025.”
Situated 200km south of Paris, Pouilly Fume is on the East Bank of the Loire River and offers a pure expression of Sauvignon Blanc. It is often overlooked for its bigger neighbour, Sancerre, but with a bit of searching, you can uncover a treasure trove of beautiful wines from Pouilly Fume. It could easily be argued that the greatest white wines from the Loire come from Pouilly Fume.
Hero to many, weed to many more. Sauvignon Blanc sure does divide people. The pure expression of Sauvignon fruit is a stunning and exuberant array of tropical fruits with ripe herbs and plant material. It excels in the chalk, clay and sand of the Loire as well as the beautiful vineyards in Bordeaux for dry white and Sauternes production, where Semillon curbs its outgoing nature.
HVE was developed in 2001 by the French Ministry of Agriculture with the goals of increasing biodiversity, decreasing needless chemical use, improving fertiliser and water management. There are 3 levels that can be obtained. HVE is easier to obtain than organics certification and adds in biodiversity, which is adopted in biodynamics.
The people in the know are already on this. And probably don’t want the secret to get out. The Loire makes some fantastic wines of all colours and styles, which are stupidly cheap for the quality.
Can any white wine rival Loire Valley Chenin Blanc for elegance, grace and poise in the cellar? Some Rieslings would give it a run but not much else. Chenin, whether sweet or dry, produces wines with a lovely balance. Taut, unrelenting acidity and pillowy soft fruit that sits on top. The best wines think Savennières, Vouvray and Montlouis, can age for a surprisingly long time. Sancerre and surrounds offers wine lovers a legitimate reason to drink Sauvignon Blanc! Oh, and if Muscadet (made from Melon de Bourgogne) isn’t the very best oyster wine, then I’ll eat my hat.
Get stuck into the stunning sparkling wines that give Champagne a run for its money—at the same time, being such great value that they rival Prosecco and Cava.
And the reds from Cabernet Franc that will make lovers of Burgundy or Bordeaux swoon. Oh! And the Gamay and rose wines. Delicious.
Did I mention they make my favourite sweet wines in the world?
The land that so many New World (not European) wine producers look to emulate. To generalise about French wine, I would say it is savoury, lighter-bodied wines. They are the definition of elegant, complex. There are many styles, though. And there is a French wine for every palate. They lead the world in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Burgundy. Sparkling Wine in Champagne. Cabernet and Merlot in Bordeaux. Syrah(Shiraz) and Grenache in the Rhone Valley. Riesling, Gewurztraminer, and Pinot Gris in Alsace. Sauvignon Blanc, and Chenin Blanc in the Loire Valley. Gamay in Beaujolais.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is impressive. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
It is interesting to know that you can make white wine from almost any grape. The colour comes from the skins, and if there is no contact, there is no colour. White wines tend to be delicate, perfumed, higher in acid and lower in alcohol. It seems for this and many other reasons, it is hard to make an incredibly impressive white wine. But those that have mastered the art are indeed some of the best winemakers in the world.
It is a falsehood to think that white wine does not age as well as red wine. But it is correct that white wine, as a rule, doesn’t age for as long.
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