Appellation: Loire AOP Pouilly Fume
Grapes: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Under the organic label from Domaine Fouassier (the largest landholder in Sancerre). Domaine Fouassier is one of the oldest continuously operating estates in Sancerre.
François le Saint's Pouilly Fumé comes from 10 to 30 year old vines. The grapes are de-stemmed and taken to the press using a conveyor belt in order to avoid damaging the fruit. They use traditional vinification techniques, fermentation in stainless steel vats with stirring of the lees.
Tasting: Next to Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé is the next best-known Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley. The style is different in that there's a distinct, you'll find a touch of minerality combined with ripe fruits and discreet notes of pepper. The palate is full and round with good freshness on the finish.