2018 Jonathan Didier Pabiot Pouilly Fume Predilection

A complex Pouilly Fume, with a crunchy salinity that reflects its origins in the Kimmeridgian soils.

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From a vineyard plated by father Didier, the grapes come off 50 y/o vines growing in the Kimmeridgian soils for which the region is famous.

Low yielding vines from nutrient poor soils with a very high lime content, produce a wine with a core of saline minerality running through it. A glowing wine, with dynamic depth and character, it may still be tightly coiled, yet, it is clear, precise, and fresh.

Texturally this wine presents so much, and while ready to drink now, its class has a decade yet to unfurl.

For this cuvée we select plots located on a terroir of Kimmeridgian marls (shell limestone). Plot planted on terraces by my father and facing south-southwest. On the hillside, this plot benefits from a micro climate influenced by the steep drop in height and the proximity of the Loire. After fermentation the wine stays on the lees in concrete tanks for 18 months, protected from vibrations and temperature variations.

92 Points - "A ripe, richly concentrated style (28hl/ha) that is mouth-filling yet focused. The 2018 Pouilly-Fumé Predilection is satisfying but doesn't become heavy, offering restrained fruit including nectarine, a touch of cream and pastry-like lees-derived characters, and a hint of white pepper. The finish is lengthy and the Kimmeridgian soils give a slightly saline texture that makes you want to lick the insides of your mouth." Rebecca Gibb MW (Vinous)

92 Points - "The 2018 Pouilly Fumé Prédilection is coolish, pure, precise and flinty on the ascetic but deep, intense and elegant nose that displays some delicate herbal aromas such as oregano and thyme. Clear and fresh, with good grip and tension as well as clear Sauvignon aromas on the aftertaste, this is an excellent Pouilly to be enjoyed now and over the next 6-10 years. Tasted in February 2021." 92+ points Stephen Reinhardt (The Wine Advocate)

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