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Joseph Mellot Pouilly Fumé “Troncsec”
I’m sure someone’s noticed that we at the Naked Grape have a thing for Sauvignon Blanc. So, here’s yet another great example of what this great grape can become. It’s from the far eastern end of the Loire Valley in central France, 100% from the village of Saint Laurent l’Abbaye.
While California Sauv Blancs tend toward heavy fruit and New Zealand Sauv Blancs tend toward heavy grassy and citrus-y flavors, those from French tend to downplay the fruit and emphasize the mineral backbone of the wine. Pouilly-Fumé shows a variation on the French style with starker minerality, even gun-flint, that is particularly food-friendly. This wine is bright and pale gold in color. The nose is notably mineral with hints of white flowers. It’s delicate, well-balanced, crisp and fresh with good length in the mouth.