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Dom. Francis Blanchet Pouilly Fume Cuvee Silice 2009

Sauvignon Blanc from Loire, France
  • RP 90
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Winemaker Notes

You may never have heard of "scratch and sniff" terroir before, but the vineyards in Pouilly-Fumé offer an aromatic, unforgettable lesson on Sauvignon Blanc's flinty soul.

The unmistakable smell of an exploding cap gun, memories of childhood Fourth of July fun. These rocks, and the "Silice" vineyard, are 100% flint stone. The smoky energy in every one of these rocks is absorbed by each, perfect Sauvignon Blanc grape. It's what puts the smoke in "Fumé" and the bracing, enervating minerality in classic Sauvignon Blanc from this excellent estate.

Critical Acclaim

RP 90
The Wine Advocate

Scents of cassis, nettle, hedge flowers, and grapefruit in the nose of Blanchet’s 2009 Pouilly-Fume Silice lead to a glossy, juicy, saliva-inducing, insistently saline and, in sum, invigorating, refreshing, and buoyant palate. This classic example of its cuvee should remain satisfying for 4-6 years.

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Dom. Francis Blanchet, Loire, France - Other regions
You may never have heard of "scratch and sniff" terroir before, but the vineyards in Pouilly-Fumé offer an aromatic, unforgettable lesson on Sauvignon Blanc’s flinty soul.

We stood in the center of the "Silice" vineyard during a recent visit when winemaker Francis Blanchet grabbed two rocks from the ground, smashed them together—and then held them up for us to smell. Now the whole terroir concept is interesting, but sniffing rocks is weird. But Blanchet insisted—and right... View More