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Pouilly-Fumé, Domaine de Riaux 2020

White Wine from France - Loire
4.333330000 star rating 3 Reviews
From a mix of soils but predominantly silex which brings typical flinty notes to the wine, helping to maintain freshness and cut in this warmer Loire vintage.
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Code: LO17041

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 1 - Bone dry
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2024
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Cork, natural
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Pouilly-Fumé, Domaine de Riaux Video transcript

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This wine is a classic Loire sauvignon from the appellation of Pouilly-Fumé, which lies just across the river from Sancerre. So very much in the same style, but the typicity of Pouilly-Fumé, and you see it in this wine because it comes from predominantly flint soils, is that hint of gun flint.

You get it on the nose and you get that sort of dry flintiness on the palate as well, and it just adds to that typical minerality that you get from Loire sauvignon.

So, this wine comes from a family domain. Been in the same family for 200 years. Alexis took over from his father, Bertrand, and they've got a lot of old vines, and I think that's what gives this wine just that bit of extra depth and character and a bit of length on the palate.

Really super wine to have with food.

Domaine de Riaux

With more than 200 years of family history at this domaine behind them, Bertrand Jeannot and his son Alexis, both of whom studied oenology at Beaune in Burgundy, farm 14 hectares on the side of the Saint-Andelain hill.

The soils here are mostly flint with a further 20% Kimmeridgian shale and 10% limestone. Some of their vines are 50-years-old and much care is taken in the vineyards to ensure the health and vitality of the soil, with grass grown between the rows to help limit yields and organic fertiliser used instead of chemicals.

Vinification takes place in a thick-walled cellar below Saint-Andelain that has been there even longer than the family, but very modern stainless steel is used for fermentation and maturation to retain the pristine vibrancy of the fruit. Alexis ensures the quality of the lees in the tanks at the outset. This allows him to leave the wine on the fine lees throughout, without any pumping or other movement, until it is deemed time to bottle. This not only preserves fruit and reduces oxidation, but also the carbon dioxide in the wine is not dissipated which helps to prevent both oxidation and the excessive use of sulphur dioxide in the wines when bottled.

As well as sauvignon blanc - the single grape permitted for the appellation Pouilly-Fumé - the Jeannots also have a little old-vine chasselas, which produces their exceptional Pouilly-sur-Loire.

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