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Everybody needs good neighbours (Pouilly, France – Day One)

In the world of wine there are a few appellations that neighbour each other and are almost identical in terms of the climate, variety and style. Yet for some reason they aren’t as large or well known as these neighbours. One that comes to mind is Barbaresco and Barolo, the former being a third of the size and yet both are made from nebbiolo and are planted on the same soil type. Another more recent one I visited was in Touraine where the king of whites is Vouvray, but just across the river is Montlouis-sur-Loire where they also produce crisp fresh white wine from chenin blanc. Adding to this is the Pouilly-Fume appellation, which sits on the eastern/left bank of the Loire River, is about 40% the size of Sancerre and is also made with sauvignon blanc. There are some similarities in terms of soil with variations of clay, flint and chalk (much like in Chablis in fact). An interesting difference is that there is an additional AOC within Pouilly called Pouilly-sur-Loire, surrounding the town of the same name, which is exclusively planted to the more traditional chasselas variety and totals only 50 hectares. There is enough similarity in the style to be able to buy Pouilly-Fume instead of Sancerre and not be disappointed, particularly as the prices are a little friendlier. Head into your local independent boutique wine store and get them to recommend some alternatives to the better known wines you may drink, and you may discover something even better for the price.
Chateau de Nozet, the unofficial heart of Pouilly-Fume

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Domaine Chatelain – 29/11/2012

Chasselas 2010 (Pouilly-sur-Loire)
At first it smells like play-doh. Then the very tight brisk fruit comes through. Thin crisp no real character, not much point drinking it really. Alcoholic water. Different, but not really that interesting. Quite biting.

Harmonie 2010
Lovely and vibrant, nice and concentrated, bright fresh fruits with a good measure of green elements. Not a lot of minerality, to be expected at this level. Exceptionally well balanced, vibrant and full without any heaviness or density, warm and a little textured, well delivered.

Les Chailloux Silex 2010
Much more mineralic, very flinty and smoky (understandable). Very focused and precise, cuts like a razor. Lovely and ripe on the palate, very expressive in fruit, warm and full but great concentration and complexity of minerality.

Les Charmes Chatelain 2010
More complex, deeper and slightly toastier, richer and riper, some stone fruit with the citrus, very subdued floral elements. Concentrated and intense, wonderfully developed fruit and minerality, toasty around the edges, brisk and very textured for now, needs a few more years.

Prestige 2008
Slightly more floral, deep and rich, wonderful concentration, really complex but at the same time very rich ripe and vibrant, wonderfully deep fruit. Minerality will show in a few more years. Not the same structure, much better, wow in the mid-palate, exquisite expression of sauvignon blanc.

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