Domaine Tabordet Pouilly Fumé Les Calcis 2016
The Domaine Tabordet Calcis Pouilly Fume is a barrel-fermented Pouilly Fumé with characteristic flinty and mineral notes and a lovely long, mouthwatering finish.
Producer Note - Run by Pascal and Marie-Laure together with their son Marius, Domaine Tabordet is a 19 hectare estate, including five hectares in Sancerre and 14 in Pouilly-Fumé. The domain is very much a family business, run in a traditional spirit, but using the latest winemaking technology. The vineyards are managed with the utmost respect for the sustainability and biodiversity. The resulting wines are a true reflection of the diverse terroirs which make up their estate showing characteristic flinty flavours, with good weight and a full body.
Vintage - 2016 was a challenging vintage in the Loire Valley. Frost damage in April affected Domaine Tabordet's vines in Pouilly Fumé resulting in a large part of the vineyard being badly damaged. A rainy spring meant it was necessary to be vigilant in the vineyard. Fortunately warm, sunny weather from July onwards and good conditions throughout the harvest resulted in healthy grapes with beautiful balance and vibrant fruit flavours.
Vineyard - The vineyard is situated in the heart of the Pouilly Fumé appellation on the right bank of the Loire River. The vines are trained according to the Guyot method. The vineyard is carefully cultivated throughout the year with debudding of the vines, tilling of the soil to reduce the need for herbicides; and certain parcels are left with grass cover to limit the vigour of the vines. Canopy management such as deleafing takes place at the end of June. The soil in the vineyard is made up of Kimmeridgian marl, which is a chalky clay; 'Caillottes' a local chalky limestone and 'Silex' a clay with flint throughout. These soils impart the distinctive mineral and flinty characteristics to the wine. The harvest takes place between mid-September and mid-October when the grapes have reached optimal maturity.
Winemaking - The wine was made with as little intervention as possible, in order to express the characteristics of the grapes and the terroir. The grapes were carefully selected and gently pressed to avoid crushing. The must was transported by gravity into vats, where it was cooled to 10°C and clarified. Fermentation took place in old 600 litre barriques of two to five years. Once fermentation was complete, the wine was aged in the barriques for 10 to 12 months, imparting subtle oak characteristics and structure. The wine was gently filtered prior to being bottled.
Tasting Note - A barrel-fermented Pouilly Fumé with good fruit concentration, characteristic flinty notes and a subtle touch of vanilla. The textured palate is beautifully balanced and has a lovely mineral freshness on the long, persistent finish.
Serving Suggestion - Perfect with indulgent fish dishes or goat's cheese.
Grape Sauvignon Blanc 100%
Winemaker: Pascal Tabordet
Region: Loire Sub region: Pouilly-Fumé Country: France
Dry/Sweet value: 1 (1 is dry, 7 is very sweet)
Residual Sugar: N/A
Contains Sulphites: Yes