Pouilly Fume has taken a back seat to its more recognized neighbour Sancerre in recent years, mainly due to the expensive nature of good Pouilly. Whilst they are both Sauvignon Blanc and the two areas are right next to each other on the either side of the river valley, wines from Pouilly are deeper and smokier than the more mineral wines of Sancerre; partly due to the tradition of oak barrel use to age wines from Pouilly.
Father-and-son team Jean and Vincent Chatelain are the 11th and 12th generations of an illustrious winemaking family, and each parcel of their 30ha estate is vinified individually to maintain the character of each plot. On the nose there are great aromas of gunflint and freshly cut grass that mingle with a fruity undercurrent of gooseberries and a smoky edge. On the palate the hints from the nose become more prominent, there’s plenty of gooseberry, lime and even green pepper and the smoky and flint becomes more pronounced culminating in a crisp balanced finish.