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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 de Ladoucette – 29/11/2012

Classic 2009
Crisp brisk and minerally, fresh bright citrus fruit notes, a little floral, some nice blossom notes, but very clean pure and inviting. Generous weight and texture on the palate, mouth-filling fruit and acidity, a touch on the warm side perhaps dude to vintage conditions. Delivers everything you would hope for at this level. Ageable too.

Chateau du Nozet 2006
Slightly deeper and more giving on the nose, less precise and mineralic, riper and slightly more floral components. Also showing a very slight maturity to it, perhaps oxidative? Richer rounder deeper, a little creamier with a very late honey element to it. Not as bright and crisp as the first wine. Ageing nicely, still plenty of acidity.

Grand Millesime 2005 (late release)
Still a little closed, but also very subtle and complex. Showing the floral elements but without the intense mineral components. Round and inviting on the nose, but still good fruit. Still wonderfully crisp and fresh, contained and assured, wonderfully dense and complex minerality, builds a little on the palate. Still far too early, needs another five years to begin to open up a little more.

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