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Pouilly Fumé 06 Jun '19

Perhaps this title does not say much to you… But after the following lines you will discover another secret of the fascinating world of wine.

There are certain wines that touch us in such a way that we can’t resist tasting them again, as soon as an opportunity arises. That’s what happened to me in the end of last week. Next thing I knew, I was asking for a Pouilly Fumé again. It is not one of the most famous regions in the world, but it is there that it is produced one of the best examples of wines from a widely known and recognized grape variety, Sauvignon Blanc.

It was undoubtedly New Zealand that made Sauvignon Blanc one of the most well-known grape varieties in the world. The region of Marlborough, north of the South Island of New Zealand, has brought to the world a style of wine from this grape variety which has made it a phenomenon. That is fabulous, considering that the variety was only introduced there in the late 1970s and as an experimental variety, to mix with another, the Mueller-Thurgau.

It was also New Zealand that made me be fascinated by the attributes of this grape variety, but the region that raised it to my level of excellence was undoubtedly this region bathed by the Loire river and next to Sancerre, named Pouilly Fumé.

My passion for Pouilly Fumé was born more than a decade ago, when a friend from the wine world brought with him a bottle of Silex from the producer Didier Dagueneau, a perfectionist winemaker, that experienced, risked and in the end gained a cult status, having managed to show the world that this grape can also age long years in bottle, when well cultivated and conducted in the cellar.

Until now, Sauvignon Blanc was for me the power of aromatic expression, a wine to drink young and to enjoy all its aromatic richness. But from that day on, the grape variety gained another dimension and this region a place in my favourite wines.

Hélder Cunha
The wine’s my life