LOIRE, FRANCE, 2018
POUILLY-FUME BY FLORIAN MOLLET-DOMAINE ROC DE L’ABBAYE 2018
Pouilly-Fume by Florian Mollet is one of my favourite Sauvignon Blancs that we sell from anywhere in the world. Each time it rocks up, I am like a kid on Christmas morning tearing open the box to get at this inspired vinous gift. This truly is a quintessential expression of the Sauvignon Blanc grape – lip-smacking bright citrus fruit flavours of lemon, lime and grapefruit, all framed by a distinct note of prototypical Loire Valley smokiness.
It’s easy to forget that Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc is more than just Sancerre. The Loire is a long river (France’s longest, actually) and an incredibly diverse wine region, with many intriguing nooks and crannies for Sauvignon Blanc along its winding route. So, if you’re in the mood to learn something new and drink extremely well while doing so, check out this exceptional Sauvignon Blanc from the Pouilly-Fumé appellation.
This fabled region may be known for its fairy-tale-like architecture, French Gothic and Renaissance styled chateaus built as follies, fortifications, hunting lodges —but it’s also a historic region of wines. The Mollet family is one of the oldest winegrowers in the Loire Valley with more than 10 generations of farmers.
If you are a fan of great Sancerre, this Sauvignon Blanc from Florian Mollet is well-worth the trip across the river to Pouilly-Fumé.
WHAT THE CRITICS SAY
“Wonderful aromas of dried flowers to the cooked apple and some lime. Green papaya too. Medium to full body. Fruity and minerally finish.”
James Suckling, July 2019
POUILLY-FUME BY FLORIAN MOLLET-DOMAINE ROC DE L’ABBAYE 2018: CHARACTERISTICS
BODY / STYLE / OAK / Medium-bodied / fresh, crisp, floral, fruity and mineral / unoaked
SWEETNESS / Dry
CELLARING / Drink now
TASTING NOTE / “Wonderful balance, fullness and freshness with superb citrus aroma. Notes of orange blossom, lime peel and traditional Pouilly Fume gun-smoke on the nose, which blends seamlessly with the slatey, stoney minerality of the palate, all underpinned by classic Loire acidity. Crisp, refreshing and downright delicious!”
BEST PAIRINGS / Cured Meat, Ham, Rich Fish, Scallop, Soft Cheese, White Meat. One of the greatest parts of preparing a meal is thinking about the wines that you are going to enjoy with it. When it comes to seafood, there is nothing better than Sauv Blanc. Ideal for oysters, scallops and other shellfish as well as salmon tartar.
WHAT OUR MEMBERS SAY
Outstanding Sauvignon Blanc – AOP Pouilly Fumé!
“As a Pouilly-Fumé lover, this is now my favorite! The nose captivates you by its complexity and the palate is just as surprising and yet exactly what you expect of a Pouilly-Fumé!!!”
Great discovery, love a Pouilly-Fumé 🙂
“Been a long time I did not taste a Pouilly-Fumé, and I will definitely order some again because it was a nice surprise!”
“Fresh , crisp flavour”
POUILLY-FUME BY FLORIAN MOLLET – A LITTLE HISTORY
The winery is located in St. Satur, adjacent to ‘Clos du Roc’ vineyard (white, yellow, blue and black flint), which was owned by the Abbey of St Satur from 1450-1750 AD. The Mollet family has managed the estate since 1850, and it’s been in the Mollet family ever since. In 2000, the eldest son in the family, Florian, took over the estate with the determination to become one of the finest Domaines in the area. The estate has 11.5 hectares including the famous Clos du Roc de l’Abbaye vineyard in Sancerre.
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