Francis Blanchet, Pouilly-Fume Cuvee Silice 2023

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+ GRAPE: 100% sustainable Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley in France. Estate fruit. 

+ PROFILE: Dry, crisp, lively. Aromas of flinty smoke, white flowers and lemon rind. Citrusy vibes of lime and lemon, minerally stone, and a touch of white pepper on the tail.

Since the early 1990s, winemaker Francis Blanchet has crafted a special selection of pure Sauvignon Blanc from fruit selected from flint-rich vineyards.

This unique terroir announces itself explosively: knock two vineyard stones together and you can’t help but be bowled over by the aroma of firecracker smoke. Indeed, fumé means “smoked” in French, which gives you more than a hint of why Sauvignon Blanc from producers like Blanchet in this charmed appellation across the river from Sancerre is so energetic and mineral-driven.

Now that Francis’ son, Mathieu, has joined the winery, the Blanchet family can count eight generations of winemakers among its ranks. This centuries-plus dedication to the soul of the Loire and the character of Sauvignon Blanc, its native grape, make the Blanchet clan a reliable source for the true voice of this vibrant grape.

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