Pouilly-Fumé, Ch. Favray
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Pouilly-Fumé, Ch. Favray - 2018

Item # 25218 750mL
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Tasting Notes

Château Favray is graced with exceptional terroir; its light limestone soil is sprinkled with calcareous deposits and fossilized oysters. Here in Pouilly-sur-Loire, the region's climate and soil offer tremulous balance to this Sauvignon Blanc. This classic Pouilly goes especially well with grilled and smoked fish, delicately cooked chicken, asparagus, and goat's cheese.


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Staff Pick Notes

It's been a long time since I've tasted a Sauvignon Blanc this good – a stunning achievement in precision, given that 2011 was a much trickier vintage than 2010. Its aromatics open with a dramatic puff of smoke that keeps on puffing, combined with undertones of peaches and wild roses. Its texture is supple with piercing acidity, accented by minerality that's so transparent, it's like drinking sub-soils through a straw at varying depths. Vineyards on the 15-hectare estate are grouped on slopes comprised of limestone, marl, and flint. Grapes are harvested and sorted by hand, gently pressed, and fermented with exclusively ambient yeast. Wines undergo 100% malolactic fermentation and rest on fine lees for 3 to 8 months with minimum filtration. A humble label that over-delivers: Give it a try, and you'll see what I mean!

- KB

About the Producer

Pouilly-sur-Loire, Loire Valley, France Since Antiquity, vines have been cultivated on the slopes of Pouilly, exploiting two types of terroirs: Les Caillottes - calcareous soils, light and scattered with numerous white stones (which is found at Château Favray), marly clay with crushed, ancient oyster shells and flint. Soils, aspect and climate are of utmost importance; few other regions find...

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