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Blanchet Pouilly-Fumé “Cuvée Silice”, 2005

January 8, 2008

~$20US, 100% Sauvignon Blanc, Pouilly-Fume, Loire Valley France.

My first Pouilly-Fumé. Very very pale green-yellow in color. Surpisingly aromatic – guava, mango, grapefruit, fresh-cut-grass, and playground gravel on the nose. Explosive and expansive mouthfeel – like a spikey balloon expanding in your mouth – scintillating with spicy acidity on the outside yet round and viscous inside. Gunpowder keeps coming to mind. Very fresh, crisp, and bracing – dry in style, but very ripe fruit flavors balance the deal. It reminded me of a hypothetical mix – a dash of new-world Viognier and a bone-dry, austere Mosel Riesling – but zingier. Long, chalky finish.

To my tastes, this simply outclasses the New Zealand wines of the variety that I have tried (including some at this price and above) in terms of complexity – with the gravelly flinty bits and a the hint of (signature) smoke and great fruit. I’d love this with grilled fish, shellfish, or goat cheese salads. Seek this out if you’ve never had an old-world SB – you’ll be rewarded.

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