Yesterday afternoon we visited Frederic Michot, our winemaker in Pouilly-Fumé in the Loire Valley. After our tasting he took us on his tour of his vines, all Sauvignon blanc planted on the banks of the Loire.
Michot is as brisk and energetic as his wines — he talks (and drives) fast, and sports the same no-nonsense attitude found in a glass of his Pouilly-Fumé. His side of the river may be less famous than his neighbor Sancerre, but Michot isn’t willing to concede it any advantage.
Nor should he. Michot’s Pouilly-Fumé Vieilles Vignes has become a frequent presence on our summertime dinner table. It’s refreshing, unoaked, mouthfilling and utterly delicious. The 2017 we tasted yesterday will be in stock later in the year, but the end of our 2016 stock is still available. With summer around the corner this is a perfect everyday glass of white.
The 2016 nose shows mango, grapefruit rind, and straw; the mouth shows ripe grapefruit, lime rind, and honey. The wine is at once mouthfilling and electric, with the persistence of richness and freshness found in finest Sancerre. Grilled shrimp, pan seared scallops, broiled haddock, steamed Maine lobster are among the many pairings for this wine. Or if fruits de mer aren’t your thing, try a glass with goat cheese on a crusty piece of French bread.
Michot Pouilly-Fumé VV 2016
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