Pouilly Fumé – Coteau des Girarmes
Pouilly Fumé vies with its neighbour across the river, Sancerre, to make the most classically defined French Sauvignon Blanc.
Goteau des Girarmes is made by temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel vats, the use of an indigenous yeast and ageing in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats.
Fumé is always regarded as having a ‘gun-flint’ character. As with Sancerre the soil is a limestone-clay mixture, though in general the clay content higher and limestone lower than its neighbour, which then gives way to more sandy clay around the commune of Tracy, where Roger Pabiot is based.
As a result of the soils, the wine is normally fuller, richer and slightly less subtlety defined. Unlike Sancerre no red or rose is produced in the AC.
Slightly more fruit driven but still a classic, gun-flinty-smoky style of Pouilly Fumé. An engaging nose giving a slight elderflower bouquet with citrus notes; soft fruit, including mango, emerges from a light, clean, minerally palate, rounded off with a hint of lime: fine and elegant with good length and intensity.
This wine will mature up to 2024
Food matching – as aperitif; or with seafood, shellfish, oysters and goats cheese.
About the Producer
Domaine Roger Pabiot
Roger Pabiot is a 4th generation winemaker working from a 21ha domaine in Tracy-sur-Loire which includes some 80 year old vines – the average age is 25 years.
The varied terroir includes the four different soils of the region: hard limestone, flinty clay, sandy terraces and Kimmeridgian marl – each lending particular characteristics in the blending of the final wine