Region: Pouilly-Fume, France
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Tasting Notes: Characteristic flinty nose. Aromas of exotic fruits, peach and apricot, with citrus and spicy undertones. The palate is powerful and refreshing and delivers a deliciously long, mineral finish. Good weight, full bodied with balanced acidity.
Pairing: Tomato tarts, oysters with a mignonette, clams, baked trout, grilled white fish, or lemon-herbed grilled chicken would all pair nicely with this bottle. My favorite pairing with Pouilly Fume during soup season is something like this Chicken and Rice Soup With Celery, Parsley and Lemon by Ali Slagle. It will warm you to your bones on a chilly day, and the crisp wine will keep you balanced!
About. Nestled in the village of Verdigny, Domain Tabordet is run by brothers Yvon and Pascal Tabordet, who took the reins back in 1981. When the two brothers first took over the estate it consisted of three hectares (7.4 acres) in Sancerre. By 1988 they had added another 4.5 hectares of Sancerre and another 12 hectares (29.7 acres) in neighboring Pouilly-Fumé, just across the Loire River. Wine growing in Pouilly-Fumé dates back to the fifth century when the Romans dominated the area. In 1937 it became an official Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) of France. Wine called Pouilly-Fumé is required to be 100% Sauvignon Blanc and the soils here have a similar character to those of Sancerre, but one of the defining characteristics of Pouilly-Fumé wines is the smoky, flinty aromas (fumé). These aromas come from the high concentration of silex, a.k.a. flint, found in the soil here. By taking a very simple but well-focused approach to farming and vinification, Domaine Tabordet does a fantastic job of letting the grape and their character really shine through.
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